The sprig of parsley // Mexican dinner party

Tall girl's fashion // Hosting a Mexican dinner party

Back when I lived in Bergen, I launched a supper club called Persilledusken (aka The sprig of parsley) to bring together two of my favourite hobbies, hanging with my girlfriends and cooking new and exciting dishes. When I moved to Oslo, I launched the Oslo chapter of Persilledusken. Once every one to two months, we meet at my house to enjoy a three course dinner cooked around a specific country’s cuisine. Most times the recipes have not been tested before — I find them in a cook book or online and trust my instincts regarding them turning out well. We have been lucky, as 99 % of the time the results have been yummy. As for sending invitations, I have created a secret group on Facebook where I can keep count on who is coming.

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

Persilledusken Oslo had our first dinner last Friday. Nine girlfriends were invited and five of us were able to come. The theme was Mexican, as I had already had this dinner in Bergen and I really loved how the main course turned out! Here is a sneak peak at our dinner party and the menu, which hopefully will inspire you to invite your own friends over for dinner.

{The dinner table}

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

In the weeks prior to the dinner I did a few DIYs to use when decorating the table: I made the bunting in the ceiling, as I want to use these as future dinners and on the balcony in the summer. Additionally, I spray painted some candle sticks in bright turqouise to match my china and made my own place cards. I find place cards really useful in making sure that I can place people I want to get to know each other or whom I know get on well next to oneanother. Also, I need to reserve my own seat closest to the kitchen!

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

{The menu}

My Mexican meal consisted of three dishes that go well together, while also being easy to prepare. Most things could be completed in advance, leaving me time to mingle with my girlfriends before getting seated and between each course. This ensured that I enjoyed the evening as much as my guests!

Starter // Spicy prawn coctail

This is a very quick and tasty starter that can be prepared hours in advance and plated just before serving. I placed the coctail on a bed of spinach on a small plate. Cava or another sparkling wine go really well with this tomato based dish.

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

Main course // Seafood fajitas

I found this recipe in Spektrum’s Norwegian cook book Sjømat in the series Kjøkkenklassikere (Kitchen Classics) (the whole series is really great value for your money with lots of tasty recipes).

Rather than using both fish, tiger shrimp and scallops, I omitted the fish fillets, as they tend to fall apart and disintegrate. I also adapted a few other things in the recipe. Here’s my version:

  • 200 grams seafood of your choice per person, divided into bite sizes
  • Approx. 1 dl lime juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 green peppers, sliced thinly
  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Marinate the seafood in the lime juice and garlic for about one hour. Fry the peppers and onions until they are soft and slightly charred and season. This can be done in advance and the vegetables kept warm in the oven. Before serving, drain the seafood really well (might have to use a paper towel) and fry the seafood in a grill pan until they are cooked and charred. Mix the seafood and the vegetables together in a serving dish and serve with corn tortillas (2-3 tortillas per person), sour cream, grated cheese, guacamole and salsa.

PS: The photograph above is from the following day, when I enjoyed all the left overs!

Homemade guacamole

Frequently, I make this to accompany my eggs at breakfast. Estimate at least half an avocado per person.

  • Avocados, pitted and mashed with a fork
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Coriander, finely chopped, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all the ingredients well and serve immediately. Yummy!

Homemade salsa

Salsa that you have made yourself is sooo much better than the storebought, only takes a few minutes to make and have no additives (ie won’t last for two months in the fridge without going moldy).

  • Tomatoes, finely chopped on a plate to preserve all the juices
  • Coriander, to taste
  • A dash of lime juice
  • Red onion, finely chopped. About a handful for 3 tomatoes
  • Dried chili flakes, to taste (or fresh chili without seeds, to taste)
  • Salt, to taste

Mix everything in a bowl and adjust the spices/herbs according to your taste — I want a bit of a kick and lots of red onion and coriander, as this reminds me of all my delicious meals at Jalisco’s, my favourite Mexican restaurant in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The salsa will keep for a few days in the fridge.

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

Dessert // Pecan pie with vanilla coconut ice cream

I’ve only had pecan pie a couple of times in my life and I’ve loved it (total nut freak)! Since it’s hard to come by in Norway, I had to share this deliciousness with my girlfriends. Do not let the fact that you are eating half a cup of sugar in each slice put you off from baking this pie. The coolness and more neutral flavour of the ice cream balances out the sweetness of the pie really well and pecans are the most declious nuts in the whole wide world!

I altered the recipe slightly and used honey in place of corn syrup, a mix of brown and white sugar and omitted the bourbon. The pecans I broke in two by hand before adding them to the saucepan.

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

Rather than make my own crust, I bought a fresh and rolled out ready-made pie crust at the grocery store. That makes this dessert really quick to make!

The coconut ice cream is a great alternative if any of your guests are lactose intolerant. Just be careful to blend the corn flour with the milk really well, preferably in a jar that you can shake. I got a few lumps as I just stirred with a fork.

PS: When I got my ice cream maker I was curious as to whether I would ever use it, but it has been in action on several occasion for the dinner club, churning out delicious green tea ice cream, as well as the heavenly mango ice cream that I still dream about!

Tall girl's fashion // Mexican dinner party

This dessert-and-coffee picture was the only photograph I managed to take during the dinner — we were simply so busy having fun that I completely forgot to shoot pictures!

  • A woman after my own heart (and stomach!). Dinner parties are great and Mexican is my all time favorite cuisine!!! I probably make something Mexican at least once a week. And I don’t even know where to start with that pecan pie….it’s my favorites pie for starters, and yours looked so delicious! From time to time I could find pecans when I lived in Germany, haven’t seen them though in Spain. Of course this Thursday is Thanksgiving and my family likes to remind me that I am missing the pecan pie (along with a bunch of my other favorites).

    • By Anett

      Haha, food is everything, right? I’m sure they have pecans in Spain — they seem to have everything that’s delicious. I’m missing my American friend in Bergen’s Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, and I’m thinking (read: Sulking) about it all the time. I can’t maging missing my family’s dinner!