There is nothing like an amazing meal served at a dinner party and having your guests exclaim in delight about how delicious your pork roast is and how perfect your cheesecake for dessert tastes. Meals are some of the most important parts of our lives and they make up a sharing platter that we spend with our closest friends, family and loved ones.
So after we have all shared similar meals in our lives, it’s fun to turn it on its head.
Once I was at the Sydney festival with my husband and my best friend and my friend insisted that we try this amazing ice cream from Sydney company Messina that was created to look like regular savoury meals like fried chicken and burgers. It was impossible to get our heads around and we were pretty full from snacking out on many other delicious things so we tried his burger ice cream that he purchased. It was amazing! It was a chocolate ice cream coated in a brown chocolate crunch to create the meat patty and sat between two sweet buns (real bread by the way!) with strawberry jam as tomato sauce, and white chocolate cheese. It looked the spitting image of a cheeseburger that you would buy from a fast food chain, but was sweet and delicious!
Since this amazing encounter, I have become a binge watcher of the TV Show Heston’s Feasts. This is a cooking programme where famed chef Heston Blumenthal prepares unique feasts for celebrity guests and we all get to watch in delight (and sometimes horror) as they discover his creative mind and talent. I thought I would share with you some of the amazing highlights from his show, so that you can check them out for yourself – and perhaps get a few ideas for your next dinner party?
Edible Tableware and Ice Cream Pork Pies
For Heston’s Medieval Feast, his dessert was one fine creation. He replaced all of the tableware with edible versions (edible cutlery, white chocolate shaped napkins and white chocolate caramel filled candles) much to the surprise and delight of the guests. To finish off, he served them a slice of Pork Pie that was created in a thick sweet crust made from ice cream that had been “pushed” through a metal tray with grates at the bottom and frozen in a nitrogen based tray to create a mince meat look. Sweet, and absolutely mind bending!
We all love the classic tale of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and what 60’s kid didn’t attempt to lick the walls to see what they tasted like after seeing Willy Wonka’s lickable wallpaper? Well Heston made these kids dreams a reality when he threw a 60’s inspired Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory themed feast and created his own lickable wallpaper and to give it a bit of a 60’s spin, he used classic 60’s dinner party flavours like prawn cocktails and tomato soup. What a fabulous idea, and a great one for your next dinner party or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory themed party!
Edible Coral Reef Dessert Buffet
If you want to have an amazing centrepiece at your next event and want it to be edible, then you need to look past the average chocolate waterfall and go for a piece of art that will take everyone by surprise. Heston created a beautiful edible coral reef mounted on a rocky outcrop in the dining room which included crab brisket (Crab for dessert? Are you crazy?) and delicious chocolate raspberry starfish shaped sorbet. This kind of idea, while quite intricate, would be a great idea for a Little Mermaid themed party, or an Under the Sea themed party. Super cute!
Alice in Wonderland Drink Me Potion
For Heston’s Victorian themed feast he got inspiration from one of his favourite Victorian era themed stories – Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. In the novel, when Alice arrives in Wonderland she finds herself too tall to enter the beautiful garden and decides to drink a potion left out for her labelled with “Drink Me” which makes her taller instead of shorter. Many parties have tried to recreate this drink – from alcoholic shots to colourful beverages, but Heston decided to focus on the elements in the drink that were actually in the drink – toffee, cherry tarts, turkey, custard and hot buttered toast. The results sound completely mad, but the guests seemed to have a wonderful time detecting the flavours – would you dare with this potion? Maybe you could leave out the turkey…
So what do you think? Would you dare to try any of these amazing mind bending treats at your next dinner party? If you do, drop me a line in the comment section below. I would love to see what you have done!
* Feature photo by Beijos Events