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Whitewavemark2 Sat 14-Aug-21 16:30:40

Family get together next weekend and I’ve decided to go full blown Italian.

I’m sort of ok with most courses but the primi is giving me trouble. I want something very light but tasty. I did think of a ravioli dish, or cannelloni dish, but if someone has a lighter veggie idea I would be pleased to have the recipe.

Also dolce will probably end up being Taramisu or panne cotta but would be good to have something different and perhaps fruit based

Thank you in anticipation?

M0nica Sat 14-Aug-21 16:51:47

Why not melon, bowls of melon salad, mixing and matching different colours and types of melon, garnished with a mint leaves and even a dash of a suitable clear liqueur.

Whitewavemark2 Sat 14-Aug-21 16:54:12

Oh brilliant what a good idea. I’ve been going around in circles not seeing wood for trees?

Thank you

MiniMoon Sat 14-Aug-21 16:55:07

Here are some ideas. I particularly like the fried courgettes with dip.

Lucca Sat 14-Aug-21 16:56:39

Prosciutto e melone. So easy but delicious

Lucca Sat 14-Aug-21 16:57:14

Or mozzarella and tomato with basil.

lemongrove Sat 14-Aug-21 16:57:41

A recent Italian meal that I made for the family ( based on meals eaten in Italy) is chicken breasts slit down the centre, stuffed with goats cheese and chopped basil then lay large slices of tomato on top and drizzle with a good olive oil and bake in the oven.Serve with any pasta in tomato and basil sauce and warm garlic bread and a green salad.
A starter could be three bean salad with cooked prawns, and dessert any good ice cream.

Riverwalk Sat 14-Aug-21 16:59:24

An Italian friend served a primi of pappardelle al limone, something like this recipe:

I don't eat much pasta but do love silky pappardelle!


Riverwalk Sat 14-Aug-21 17:05:06

I'm no expert on Italian cuisine but do have a couple of Italian friends ..... as far as I know Primi is a hot course that follows antipasti.

Lucca Sat 14-Aug-21 17:06:36


Lucca Sat 14-Aug-21 17:07:31

Are you have a “secondo” ? Eg meat or fish course ?

Lucca Sat 14-Aug-21 17:08:05

Primo is usually pasta or risotto.

Riverwalk Sat 14-Aug-21 17:12:45

The primi was followed by a cold course of veal with anchovy sauce - so exquisite only an Italian could cook!

Grandmabatty Sat 14-Aug-21 17:14:45

Antipasti. Mozzarella sliced with fried slices of aubergine and tomato. Really simple. You could add prosciutto too. Tiramisu is an easy pud too

Whitewavemark2 Sat 14-Aug-21 17:14:50

Yes so far it is
Aperitivo - Prosecco and salted nuts and olives
Anti-pasti - cold meats cheese fruit olives bits of veg and bread
Primi- I was going round in circles thinking pasta but it would be too much so I think Monica’s idea of melon is good
Secondo - is chicken cacciatore with greens beans and potato
And salad
Not doing fruit and cheese course has I think everyone will be too stuffed
Dolce - still thinking. Got one who is lactose intolerant.

Also got an Italian flag for the table??

Grandmabatty Sat 14-Aug-21 17:18:47

Whitewavemark can I come? I speak a little Italian. It all sounds awesome!

Whitewavemark2 Sat 14-Aug-21 17:35:00


Whitewavemark can I come? I speak a little Italian. It all sounds awesome!

Bloody hard work !!

I have these brilliant ideas invite everyone then end up like a damp rag.

Still - first course is a doddle as would be the melon. I can cook the chicken stew the day before and if I can find something suitable might buy in the desert.

So doesn’t sound too bad.

Yes all welcome ??

timetogo2016 Sat 04-Sep-21 09:20:13

Mushroom/cheese/spinach ravioli and garlic bread,but don`t tell Peter Kay,lol.

Lucca Sat 04-Sep-21 09:23:22


The primi was followed by a cold course of veal with anchovy sauce - so exquisite only an Italian could cook!

Like vitello tonnato? One of my absolute favourites.

Redhead56 Sat 04-Sep-21 09:57:13

Espresso martini to finish.

Nortsat Sat 04-Sep-21 10:00:29

Could a family member bring desert?

silverlining48 Sat 04-Sep-21 12:48:06

What a good idea Nortsat. I would be looking for volunteers for the other courses too, leaving me with the vino ( but then I am no cook/chef).
Hope you have a wonderful time WW, it all sounds lovely.

Teacheranne Sat 04-Sep-21 13:05:33

I love sorbet for dessert after a big meal. I made some recently for a group of WI friends, one with mixed summer fruits and one with lemon and gin. The fruit one was prefect and set well, the gin one remained rather mushy but I decided to serve it anyway.

Guess which one was the most popular and disappeared very quickly!

silverlining48 Sat 04-Sep-21 13:08:48


Teacheranne Sat 04-Sep-21 18:06:18



Yes, gin! Very tasty but I think the high alcohol content meant it would not freeze fully. My favourite WI sub group is The Gin Club, where we gather once a month to drink different varieties of gin!