Dinner & Party - Rose Prince

Rose Prince is a UK food writer, cooking teacher and cookbook author who has been bestowed this praise by Nigel Slater: "Every kitchen needs a Rose." I am in agreement after reviewing her latest book, Dinner & Party Gatherings Suppers Feasts.

In Dinner & Party, the author shares a collection of practical recipes that are ideal for entertaining along with concrete advice to guarantee stress-free enjoyable dinner parties and celebrations.

The litmus test for measuring the success of a dinner party, writes the author, is that that the party-giver enjoyed their day as much as the guests. So that we pass this test, she guides us through the basics of timing and preparation along with scrumptious recipes and gorgeous photographs. 

Rose covers it all and brilliantly - Pigeon breasts with figs and pearl barley; Lemon risotto, Crispy potato cakes with garden peas and lettuce sauce, and the classic Cassoulet - are examples of the dishes here. There is aVegetable biryani with coconut baked under a pie crust that looks like a show stopper. I stopped today in the snow (yes, it is already snowing in Colorado) and bought all the ingredients to make this dish this week. I'll be adding my photograph later and I am hoping it looks a fraction of how amazing Rose's does. (Updated with my photo - the recipe is incredible!)

Also included are several menus for various party themes - Persian Feast, Indian Feast and Summer Lunch as well as holiday menus and recipes, incredible looking desserts and more. Everyone who loves to entertain needs this book - it is a must have and beautifully done. 

Special thanks to Seven Dials for sharing the recipe below for our members as well as providing three copies of this beautiful book for our members, worldwide. Be sure to scroll down to enter our giveaway. 


Pork, duck and pistachio terrine 
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Adaptable through the seasons and easy enough for large numbers, I love to make baked terrines like this one. They look so 'brown' in the pot after baking but when you cut that first slice, to reveal a mosaic of shell-pink and buff-coloured meats threaded with nuts and/or preserved fruits, it feels like just reward for the initial patience needed to 'build' the terrine. It is very important to buy free-range pork mince and meat for a terrine, because intensively reared pork releases a white liquid during cooking, overly shrinking the terrine.

Think of the following recipe as a 'blueprint', which can be modified through the seasons - see the options opposite.

Serves: 6-8

Serving dish: 1-litre terrine dish or loaf tin

  • 30g butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 300g pork shoulder meat, cut into 1cm chunks
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 60ml port
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 30g softened butter, for greasing
  • 16 slices pancetta
  • 6 soft dried figs, halved
  • 70g unsalted pistachio nuts
  • 1 x 200g duck breast, or two smaller ones, cut into long strips along the grain of the meat
  • 2 bay leaves
To serve:
  • bowl of pickle or chutney
  • cornichons (pickled baby gherkins)
  • hot toast and butter
Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/400°F/Gas 6. Melt the butter in a pan and add the garlic and shallot. Cook for 2 minutes over a medium heat until soft, cool for a few minutes then put in a bowl with the pork, the thyme, salt, pepper and port. Leave to marinate for 1 hour then mix in the egg.

Rub the inside of the terrine dish with the softened butter then line it neatly with 12 of the pancetta slices, laying them side by side across the width of the dish and allowing them to hang down the outer side, ready to wrap around the contents later. Pack one half of the marinated pork mixture into the terrine.

Push half of the fig halves into the pork mix in the terrine - so that they run in a line the length of the dish - then do the same with half of the pistachios. Next, lay the duck breast strips lengthways along the dish. Cover with a 1cm-layer of the pork mix then another line of fig halves and the remaining pistachios. Finally, cover with the remaining pork mix, heaping it higher in the centre of the terrine to make a loaf shape.

Place the bay leaves on top, then bring the pancetta (hanging down the side of the dish) up and over the contents, wrapping them. The terrine is now ready to bake.

Cover the dish with a lid or foil and place it in a roasting tin containing 3cm of boiling hot water. Bake for 1¼-1½ hours until the meat has shrunk a little from the side of the dish. Add more water to the pan if it evaporates during cooking.

Remove the terrine from the oven and leave to cool. You will notice how the juices around the meat are reabsorbed as it cools. Chill until needed, wrapped in foil.

To serve, use a spatula to lift the terrine out of the dish. With a very sharp carving knife, cut a 2cm-thick slice for each person. Serve with hot buttered toast and pickles.

Options: For duck, use lean skinless fillets of any game bird, venison loin, chicken, rabbit, pork loin or the cheaper tenderloin or wild boar. For pistachios, use walnuts or hazelnuts; for dried figs, use dried plums; for port, use wine, cider, gin or sherry. Apple juice can also be used in place of alcohol. 

Recipe is from Rose Prince's Dinner & Party Gatherings Suppers Feasts. Published by Seven Dials. Photography (c) Matt Russell* 


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  • horselady57  on  10/9/2017 at 8:45 PM

    Buffalo mozzarella rolls with prosciutto and peach, sounds delicate, easy but fancy!

  • Alicia  on  10/9/2017 at 8:47 PM

    “white-fish-and-avocado-carpaccio” Sounds delicious!

  • matag  on  10/9/2017 at 9:03 PM

    Limoncello crepes

  • heyjude  on  10/9/2017 at 11:53 PM

    Chou Chou Pudding

  • sarahj22  on  10/10/2017 at 1:45 AM

    Creamed squash and apple soup with porcini buttered toasts and chestnuts.

  • cookingalice  on  10/10/2017 at 2:33 AM

    Tomato flatbreads

  • Kristjudy  on  10/10/2017 at 6:16 AM

    Poached eggs with salmon tartlets

  • AGENT99  on  10/10/2017 at 7:53 AM

    Fennel and apple with toasted walnut pesto

  • lgroom  on  10/10/2017 at 8:06 AM

    Tomato flatbreads

  • kmn4  on  10/10/2017 at 8:29 AM

    Rich fruit cake

  • Shelley.b  on  10/10/2017 at 9:18 AM

    Tomato flatbread

  • Rinshin  on  10/10/2017 at 12:35 PM

    poached eggs and crab tart

  • bstewart  on  10/10/2017 at 12:40 PM

    Tomato flatbreads!

  • lpatterson412  on  10/10/2017 at 1:20 PM

    Victoria Sandwich strawberry cake!

  • sgump  on  10/10/2017 at 3:02 PM

    I like the idea of the apricot and pecan macaroons!

  • ktwalla  on  10/10/2017 at 3:26 PM

    Pork, Duck and Pistachio Terrine

  • ravensfan  on  10/10/2017 at 8:37 PM

    Asparagus with Hollandaise

  • laffersk  on  10/11/2017 at 8:04 AM

    Christmas pudding and brandy butter

  • Siegal  on  10/11/2017 at 11:41 AM

    Rich fruit cake sounds great

  • sarahawker  on  10/11/2017 at 12:18 PM

    Victoria sandwich strawberry cake

  • Larkspur  on  10/11/2017 at 3:01 PM

    Aubergine Tart

  • Foodycat  on  10/11/2017 at 3:18 PM

    THe iced chocolate parfait sounds fab.

  • ncollyer  on  10/11/2017 at 8:53 PM

    Clafoutis with Pears sounds delicious,

  • Seren_Ann  on  10/12/2017 at 3:19 AM

    I'd love to try the slow-roasted duck legs with spiced barley, sounds delicious !

  • Livia  on  10/12/2017 at 4:02 AM

    It has got to be Pork, duck and pistachio terrine

  • Astrid5555  on  10/12/2017 at 9:30 AM

    Baked penne with chopped beef, pancetta and chicken livers!

  • AdamTheAmateur  on  10/12/2017 at 6:23 PM

    Fennel and apple with toasted walnut pesto (page 39) looks good to me!

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  10/12/2017 at 7:03 PM

    While my first thought was to head towards the Butternut Squash Tart - my mind keeps wandering back to the Veg Biryani Jenny talked about!!!

  • trudys_person  on  10/12/2017 at 11:03 PM

    Coconut Chilli Chicken sounds delicious!

  • annieski  on  10/13/2017 at 6:50 AM

    Carrot pickle

  • SnarkyLarane  on  10/13/2017 at 4:08 PM

    Classic fish pie sounds good!

  • mpdeb98  on  10/13/2017 at 8:23 PM

    Asparagus tart

  • lils74  on  10/14/2017 at 8:08 AM

    I would make either the Aubergine Tart or the Asparagus Tart - both sound delicious!

  • Kelos  on  10/14/2017 at 12:44 PM

    Poached egg and herb tartlets with caper and lemon dressing :)

  • Dmartin997  on  10/14/2017 at 2:50 PM

    Coconut chili chicken

  • Scotsman61  on  10/14/2017 at 11:36 PM

    Limoncello crepes

  • sugo  on  10/15/2017 at 2:55 AM

    Fish cakes with lemongrass and coriander

  • PennyG  on  10/15/2017 at 12:45 PM

    Vegetable biryani with coconut baked under a pie crust

  • ladybrooke  on  10/15/2017 at 1:43 PM

    I'd make iced chocolate parfait.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  10/16/2017 at 1:08 AM

    I would like to try making the fish cakes with lemongrass and coriander.

  • skipeterson  on  10/16/2017 at 4:06 PM

    Coconut chilli chicken

  • robynsanyal  on  10/16/2017 at 7:00 PM

    Coconut Chilli Chicken

  • rchesser  on  10/17/2017 at 8:14 PM

    Classic fish pie.

  • RichardMosse  on  10/17/2017 at 9:31 PM

    Chou Chou pudding

  • iza27  on  10/18/2017 at 12:21 AM

    Slow-roasted duck legs with spiced barley

  • LaurenE  on  10/18/2017 at 6:33 AM

    Poached eggs with salmon tartlets

  • kitchenclimbers  on  10/18/2017 at 2:03 PM

    limoncello crepes

  • lapsapchung  on  10/19/2017 at 3:45 AM

    Pigeon breasts with figs and parsley pearl barley

  • hibeez  on  10/19/2017 at 8:44 AM

    while simple, I'd try the carrot pickle, as I just harvested some enormous carrots!

  • stitchan  on  10/19/2017 at 10:36 AM

    Poached egg and crab tartlets

  • JenJoLa  on  10/20/2017 at 10:20 AM

    Fish cakes with lemongrass and coriander

  • LizyB  on  10/20/2017 at 3:02 PM

    Butternut squash tart

  • sweetmarah  on  10/20/2017 at 3:52 PM

    Creamed butter beans with flatbreads, fresh herbs, olives and feta

  • Niki  on  10/20/2017 at 4:05 PM

    New potato and watercress frittata

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  10/20/2017 at 4:12 PM

    Buffalo Mozzarella Rolls with Prosciutto and Peach found on page 56!

  • RSW  on  10/20/2017 at 6:27 PM

    Fennel and apple with toasted walnut pesto (

  • heyjude  on  10/20/2017 at 7:34 PM

    Apricot and pecan macaroons

  • sequoia55  on  10/20/2017 at 11:50 PM

    Clafoutis with Pears

  • permie_girl  on  10/21/2017 at 5:10 AM

    Fish cakes with lemongrass and coriander

  • Joy001  on  10/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

    Whisky and pepper-cured salmon

  • jim.windle  on  10/21/2017 at 1:39 PM

    Pork, duck and pistachio terrine

  • tararr  on  10/21/2017 at 2:44 PM

    fish pie

  • cookshelf58  on  10/21/2017 at 7:46 PM

    Rich Fruit Cake

  • pokarekare  on  10/21/2017 at 11:07 PM

    Asparagus tart - because ihave a glut of it at the moment!

  • chimpbob  on  10/22/2017 at 8:21 AM

    Limoncello crepes

  • contest718  on  10/22/2017 at 10:07 AM

    Fish cakes with lemongrass and coriander

  • Jenamarie  on  10/22/2017 at 3:01 PM

    Whisky and pepper-cured salmon sounds delish!

  • AngelaLCooks  on  10/22/2017 at 4:48 PM

    Potato & herb tart!

  • v.t  on  10/23/2017 at 2:43 AM

    Beef bone marrow and beetroot soup :)

  • rglo820  on  10/23/2017 at 12:03 PM

    So many things sound amazing but I'd start with the roast bone marrows with parsley-caper relish and toast!

  • lhudson  on  10/24/2017 at 3:41 PM

    Limoncello crêpes sound wonderful.

  • ccav  on  10/25/2017 at 11:05 AM

    Lemon risotto with rocket and rocket flowers

  • Dutchmary  on  10/25/2017 at 3:49 PM

    Tomato an mustard tart

  • Julia  on  10/25/2017 at 9:05 PM

    Pork, duck and pistachio terrine.

  • t.t  on  10/25/2017 at 11:29 PM

    Aubergine tart

  • qjamanka  on  10/26/2017 at 12:13 AM

    Creamed squash and apple soup with porcini buttered toasts and chestnuts - sounds perfect for the fall

  • milliganf190  on  10/26/2017 at 12:58 AM

    Poached egg and herb tartlets with caper and lemon dressing

  • Njpadget  on  10/26/2017 at 3:03 AM

    Limoncello crepes

  • silversand  on  10/26/2017 at 10:53 AM

    Raspberry angel food cake with raspberry jam and cream

  • rejcooks  on  10/28/2017 at 9:35 AM

    I'm a sucker for roasted bone marrows!

  • rrwrites  on  10/28/2017 at 3:30 PM

    scented honey

  • musingsondinner  on  10/29/2017 at 5:24 PM

    Roast squash puff pastry pie with watercress and fresh goat's curd! Perfect for my (many) vegetarian friends, but also sounds delicious in its own right

  • Uhmandanicole  on  10/30/2017 at 4:11 AM

    Roasted mushrooms on sourdough toast with a red wine sauce

  • RickPearson54  on  10/30/2017 at 7:53 AM

    Fish pie

  • bibliophile02  on  10/31/2017 at 12:59 PM

    Asparagus tart

  • fiarose  on  10/31/2017 at 8:52 PM

    elderflower and lime mojitos, or char ceviche!

  • jd5761  on  11/1/2017 at 4:16 PM

    the terreine above sounds lovely but I think it would have to be the asparagus tart

  • ninaarahgnis  on  11/2/2017 at 2:55 AM

    Guinea fowl, chicken and leek pie!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  11/4/2017 at 8:15 AM

    Limoncello crepes

  • madelainelc  on  11/8/2017 at 12:33 AM

    Fishcakes with lemongrass and corriander. I am a huge fishcake fan!

  • IngridO  on  11/8/2017 at 8:12 PM

    Pigeon breasts with figs and parsley pearl barley

  • Shana.  on  11/10/2017 at 6:08 PM

    asparagus frittata

  • Amandaspamanda  on  11/11/2017 at 8:31 PM

    Rice-paper garden rolls with cucumber, watercress and avocado, with honey and lime sauce - I love spring rolls!

  • dvajefink  on  11/13/2017 at 5:46 AM

    Asparagus tart

  • AnnaZed  on  11/13/2017 at 9:54 PM

    Little Lyonnaise salad

  • jmay42066  on  11/16/2017 at 8:48 PM

    Rich Fruit Cake

  • SheenaSharp  on  11/16/2017 at 9:04 PM

    Fennel and apple with toasted walnut pesto!

  • orchidlady01  on  11/17/2017 at 6:20 AM

    Potted crab with Melba toast and Fish cakes with lemongrass and coriander

  • ptkcollins  on  11/17/2017 at 7:59 AM

    Guinea fowl chicken and leek pie

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