Casual Dinner Party

SmokedSalmonAspharagusPate1The following are sample menus – exact content & cost will depend on seasonality & your particular requirements.  I will work with you to ensure the menu is the right one for your needs.

You can tailor the menus to suit your needs – mix & match between menus and also from the menus on our other Dinner Party pages.

Prices are dependent on the menu chosen and whether or not you require a simple drop-off or the full waitress service.

An average cost for a ‘Casual’ drop-off menu, would be £15-20 per head.  An average ‘Casual’ with full waitress service would be £30-35 per head.   An additional canapé & cocktail would cost extra.

Organic versions of the meals can also be supplied at an extra cost – please enquire.

Having friends over for dinner?  Why not take advantage of our seasonal ‘menu of the month’?  A complete 3 course meal, delivered to your home, focussing on what’s in season.  You can opt for a drop-off only at the cost indicated, or if you require a full waitress service, an extra cost will be incurred.  See details here.

“A very helpful, friendly and efficient service from the word go – and excellent food much enjoyed by all who attended the party.  The instructions accompanying the final preparation of each dish was clear, and the attractive menu supplied was much appreciated!  I would have no hesitation in recommending Cooked From Scratch for excellent service with a smile.” Pippa John, Penarth (drop-off dinner).

Casual Dinner Party – Sample Menu 1

Smoked Salmon Pate

A smooth pate made with high quality Scottish smoked salmon & cream cheese, served with homemade seeded bread toast & dressed salad leaves

Cottage Pie Dauphinois

A classic cottage pie filling using best quality minced beef, topped with a sliced dauphinois potato topping & served with seasonal vegetables

Chocolate & Vanilla Semifreddo

A creamy, homemade vanilla ice cream dessert interleaved with chunks of real plain chocolate & served with a homemade chocolate sauce

Casual Dinner Party – Sample Menu 2

Pea Soup with Bacon

A tasty homemade pea soup garnished with parsley & served with strips of crispy outdoor bred, dry cured streaky bacon & homemade bread

Chicken Breasts in a Madeira & Tarragon Sauce

Free-range, British chicken breast cooked in a homemade Madeira and tarragon sauce, served with rosemary roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables

White Chocolate Pots

A gorgeous white chocolate & cream dessert served with a homemade butter biscuit & seasonal fruit

Casual Dinner Party – Sample Menu 3 (Vegetarian)

Baked Flat-cap Mushrooms

Flat-cap mushrooms baked with garlic, chilli & lemon, garnished with parsley & served with homemade French bread

Butternut Squash & Sage Butter Conchiglie

Roasted butternut squash served with a rich sage butter, Conchiglie pasta & finished with fried sage leaves & a grating of Parmesan

Coffee Semifreddo

A creamy homemade coffee ice cream dessert interleaved with plain chocolate chunks

Casual Dinner Party – Sample Menu 4 (Vegan)

Thai Sweetcorn Soup

A flavoursome sweetcorn soup flavoured with lemongrass, lime & chilli and finished with coconut cream, served with vegetable crisps.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Fresh peppers stuffed with a mix of quinoa, dried fruits, onion, garlic, pine nuts, chickpeas and spices – baked in the oven until tender and juicy.  Served with a fresh green salad and homemade dressing.

Coconut Kulfi Ice Cream

Homemade vegan ice cream, made with coconut cream & coconut oil, flavoured with cardamom and pistachios, served with a seasonal fruit garnish.


Casual Dinner Party – Sample Menu 5 (with canapé & cocktail)

Lemon Drop Cocktail & Parmesan Biscuits 

A cocktail made with lemon liqueur, Triple Sec, lemon & sugar served with homemade Parmesan biscuits

Cauliflower & Saffron Soup

A creamy homemade soup made with cauliflower, garlic & a hint of saffron, garnished with cream & toasted almonds served with homemade French bread

Lamb Shanks in Red Wine

High quality lamb shanks slow-cooked with pancetta, tomatoes, red wine & herbs served with white beans & seasonal vegetables

Chocolate Marquise

A homemade rich plain chocolate velvety dessert served with seasonal fruit


Other Ideas

Starters –

Asparagus soup

Balsamic marinated mozzarella & tomato salad

Cheese stuffed mushrooms

Chilled minty cucumber soup

Curry butter potted shrimps

Piedmont peppers

Pumpkin soup

Smoked mackerel salad

Smoked mackerel & watercress pate

Spicy carrot soup

Tomato soup

(Many more soups available, just ask for your favourite)

Mains –

African chicken, sweet potato  peanut curry

Butter chicken

Cardamom lamb

Chicken, bacon, leek & cider hotpot

Chicken parmesan with rocket & new potato salad

Chicken parmigiana

Chicken & walnut stew

Creamy chicken & butternut squash gratin

Italian baked meatballs

Lamb meatballs with freekah & spicy tomato sauce

Lamb stew with artichokes, canellini beans & tomatoes

Lamb & potato bake

Meatball stroganoff


One-pot beef brisket & braised celery

Paprika pork goulash with parsley butter noodles

Peanut & turkey curry

Pea, pesto & sausage lasagne

Pork casserole

Pork & fennel ragu


Venison sausage & chestnut casserole

Venison & chorizo cassoulet

For more main course ideas, please see our Meal Boxes section of the website.

Desserts –

Almond plum crumble (lots more flavours available, please ask)

Baked lemon pudding

Cheesecakes – baked white chocolate, Banoffee , caramel-topped citrus, chocolate, honey with cinnamon & yoghurt, salted caramel, vanilla, white chocolate & berry (lots more flavours available, please ask)

Chocolate pudding with chocolate sauce

Chocolate & chestnut roulade with cream liqueur (gluten free)

Chocolate & Irish cream roulade

Coconut lime pie

Crème Brulee

Ginger sponge roulade

Gooseberry fool with a butter biscuit

Grapefruit meringue pie

Heavenly chocolate pudding

Ice creams – Amaretti milk, butter pecan, lemon yoghurt, salted caramel bourbon ice cream, strawberry , strawberry crème fraiche, Zabaglione (lots more flavours available, please ask)

Iced coconut & lime slice with summer fruit

Key lime pie

Lemon curd crème brulee

Lemon meringue pie

Lemon posset with a butter biscuit

Passion fruit mousse tray bake

Passion-mango delight with coconut whip

Rhubarb & ginger fool

Salted caramel brownies with vanilla ice cream

Sticky toffee pudding

Strawberry mousse with a butter biscuit

Tiramisu – raspberry & white chocolate, traditional, orange & chocolate (lots more flavours available, please ask)

White chocolate & raspberry Swiss roll (lots more flavours available, please ask)

Still  need inspiration?  Please see our Healthy Options menus, Something Special menus, Hot Fork buffets & Cold Fork Buffets.