Sunday, 30 December 2012

no-fuss evening

A little premature? Well, I've been thinking about tomorrow night's festivities and know how many people are stressing over plans/failed plans. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of NYE - like a lot of people, I hate how much pressure is put on to having an amazing night when in reality it usually just the same as any other night out, but overpriced. 

This year, we're not going out. We've spent the last few NYEs in Brighton with Rich's friends, but this year we just can't be bothered. Instead, we're going to a friends house for Mexican food and cocktails a'plenty. To me, this is the perfect way to spend NYE - with good friends, food and drinks!

Now, I know a lot of people are having people over to their place for a similar affair, and this presents us with the age-old dilemma; what to cook? Personally, I like to be fed when I go out - a few packets of Pringles and peanuts aint gonna cut it. 

Here are a few super easy ideas of things you can whip up with little effort, but for lots of people. You don't want to be faffing around with assembling perfect meals - whack it in a big dish, put it on the table with some tasty extras and you're off. Enjoy!

The easiest dish ever - chop it up, toss in some oil and bung it in the oven. Perfect served on small plates or bowls with chunks of crusty bread. Recipe here

Perfect for cold nights in! Serve with baby baked potatoes and a dollop of crème fraiche. Recipe here

Because everyone loves pasta! This is a little different - more veg, different types of cheese and a crusty breadcrumb topping. Serve with garlic ciabatta and shavings of parmesan. Recipe here.

These are just so simple, and tasty. You could also whip up a quick curry (here or here) which again you can make a big batch of and serve with rice and naan breads. 

And for pud...

No baking required, simply melt, mix and bung in the fridge. A favourite with friends and family! Recipe here

And finally, the queen of all puddings! This requires no baking, simply pop in the fridge to set overnight. Recipe here.

Hopefully this has inspired you, or at least put your mind at rest. Don't stress; cook or prepare these recipes in advance so you can enjoy the evening! 


  1. Please teach me to cook next year! My New Year resolution will be to make more of an effort and cook proper meals, so I'll be looking to you for inspiration! x

  2. Ohh they all look so good! I'm having a giveaway if you'd like to enter :) Hope you have a good NYE! xx

  3. Ooh what a great collection of recipes! Your new year sounds perfect- I'm going out agggh, but I'd rather be chilling at someone's house or something

  4. Wow all look so tasty. Im jealous of your NYE plans. Im in Brighton watching a theatre show tonight!!

  5. Lovely ideas to celebrate the New Year! I agree, I am not a big fan of New Year but my best friend and I are going to celebrate it in style, with a chinese and lots of wine :)
    Happy New Year!
    I'm your newest follower! <3

  6. I definitely need to try some of these out!

  7. Love these ideas, I am definitely going to do the chicken and chorizo bake :)

    Maria xxx


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