Having Guests Over? Master The A-B-C’s of Condo Entertaining!
The big stereotype with condos is that they’re small, cramped, and are used as a halfway home. On the contrary, a small space shouldn’t limit you from inviting guests over. We’ve prepared a cheat sheet on what to serve when you have guests over. They’re everything you need to Arrange, Buy, and Create to throw a fabulous feast for your loved ones. And in true CondoLiving fashion, we made sure they’re quick, easy, and hassle-free!
1 | American Snack Bar (Good For 4)
Chips and Dips. Get some potato chips and fix up some delicious dips.
Harrisa Mayo. Mix together mayonnaise, some Sriracha and some chili flakes together. Toss in the blended mixture with cubed tomatoes.
Caper and Onions. Combine 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup fresh parsely, 1/3 cup onions, and one tablespoon of chopped capers in a bowl.
Fast Food. In a rush? Head down to your favorite burger place and order some burger and fries. Serve with beers and soda.
Tex-Mex Chicken Salad. Layer your plate with romaine and arugula. Add some chopped tomatoes and chicken breasts. Top off with feta cheese and some tortilla chips for an unexpected crunch.
2 | European Feast (Good For 6)
Head to your local deli and pick up some cheese and cold cuts. Arrange them neatly on chopping boards and plates.
Wine. Aside from buying a fine bottle of wine, you can also ask your guests to bring over their personal favorite for a little tasting session.
Homemade Seafood Paella. Paella is easy to eat, but not easy to make. You have to get the rice crusted just right and you need the right pan for it. Luckily, you can order paellas of all sorts, from seafood to negra from all around in this city. You can also check out budding chefs like Chef Cy for homemade paellas.
Twist Pasta with Mushrooms and Hazelnuts. Toast a cup of hazelnuts in a pan until they’re golden brown, this helps bring out the nutty juices, woody flavor. Get half of the nuts and mix with 3/4 cup of chicken broth, put in a blender. Transfer the mixture in a small bowl and stir with 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
In a skillet, add 1 pound of maitake mushrooms with garlic, salt, and pepper and toss around for 10 minutes. Add the pasta, the chicken broth, and the mushrooms together in a large pot over medium heat and let the sauce thicken and coat the pasta.
3 | Pinoy Boodle Fight (Good For 8)
Go to the local market and pick up some classics like balut, penoy, and salted egg. For dessert, some suman, mangoes, and bananas will help cleanse your guests’ palate. Layer your dining table with newspapers and then some banana leaves for an authentic boodle. Just make sure you wipe down the leaves with a wet cloth.
Homemade Porchetta. Since most condos have no space for an oven, Porchetta should be on your to-buy list. Cooking this will take a lot of skill and commitment. Chef Cyril Lee bakes his for five hours to cook in the entire pork and for that right skin crispness.
Rice. What would a boodle fight be without rice? For healthier option, cook some red or pink rice and serve in a pan, top it off with some skinless longanisa for an added viand
Sago’t Gulaman. Make the pearls and the gelatin according to the box’s instructions. Prepare the sugar syrup by mixing eight cups of water with one cup of brown sugar to boiling water. Stir constantly over medium heat for five minutes and set aside to cool. In a tall glass, layer the pearls and gelatin with some crushed ice, and put in the syrup.
This story first appeared on CondoLiving Magazine’s November 2017 issue. Edits were made for CondoLiving.OneMega.com