It can be installed in a short period of time and does not need you to spend hours in the kitchen, Teja Lele Desai says. This festive season, instead of big bashes, the emphasis is on small, intimate gatherings. Blame the coronavirus if you like, but the smaller size is appreciated by all of us.
So, now that New Year’s is around the corner, a lot of us are actually looking for some entertainment. But if you don’t want to be in the kitchen for hours, then don’t you have fondue? The faint nip in the breeze is the best time for a fondue party to be held.
The finest part? It can be installed in a short time, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen, and most of the time it ends up with great reviews.
DO’s & DONT’s-
Let there be enough
Make sure you have enough pots of fondue and forks on hand. Ten people do not really cut it by exchanging four forks and sticking them into a tiny pot bubbling on a tea lamp.
Let there be a theme
Who does not like theme-based evenings? Guests come dressed in costumes appropriate to the period and dip away as retro tunes play in the background, preparing a 1970s or 1980s gathering. As you explore themes such as vampire Gothic, fantasy, vintage, military, Victorian, sci-fi, and Bollywood, let your creative juices run. Or, try to make fondue versions of common combos such as grilled cheese and tomato soup, or fish and chips.
Let there be courses
Instead of throwing everything, you have out there, build a structured sense of dinner with courses. Fondues lend themselves well to an appetizer, main dish, and dessert, a three-course meal.
The best scenario? In the first round, go for a cheese-based dip (with bread cubes, sticks of soup, and veggies like broccoli, peppers, and baby carrots). A savory sauce is accompanied, eaten with cubed grilled chicken, prawn, fish meat, or shrimp. With a sweet sauce flanked by cake, cookies, fruits, and dried fruit, round things off in style.
Let there be proper prep
The day before and on the day of the party, do much of your prep work. There’s no slicing of fruit, veggies, and cheese as guests step in. To keep your pot bubbling through the night, make sure you have enough tea lights/candles.
Don’t dilute your fondue with water if it turns out to be too thick. Opt for something flavorsome, such as wine or beer, chicken or vegetable stock.
Let it be a BYO bash
Who told you that a fondue party couldn’t be a potluck? It adds to the variety and imagination, so let guests know what kind of savory, sweet, cheesy, or chocolate fondue you’re going to make and let them get their share. Ensure that they are prepared and ready to serve the food they get.
Let there be rules
Don’t say all of your guests are well versed in the etiquette of fondue. Put some ground rules down: do not eat from dipping forks (provide dinner forks), obey the dipping order (clockwise or counter-clockwise), and do not encourage children under eight (we want to dip, not drop!)
Let the party start once everything is in place!
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