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posted on: Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Seventies never tasted so good

Sisters are doing it for themselves. To celebrate her upcoming kitchen renovation, a friend had a dinner party to say goodbye to her kitchen's original 1970s fittings and distinctive burnt orange/brown colour scheme. And what better way to see off the old era than with Seventies party cuisine?

Cue cheese cubes, pickled onions and cabana sausage on arrival, followed by platters of devils on horseback and pigs in blankets and guests embracing Seventies fashion with mauve culottes, socks and sandals, and polyester jumpsuits. As we sat down to a table covered in a brocade cloth and mustard yellow tableware, the fondue set was brought out. I am delighted to have skewered bread and dipped it into cheese mixed with white wine for the first time in my life.

The piece de resistance was Beef Wellington - for those not well acquainted with such things, that's eye fillet steak wrapped in pastry - and quiche lorraine. The wine selection favoured chardonnay and fruit punch, while the Bee Gees shimmied in the background. Dessert? An upside-down pineapple cake, with fruit perfectly circular and straight from a can, of course. I have to say, despite the predilection for processed foodstuffs, the Seventies cuisine had it going on. But more importantly R.E.S.P.E.C.T to an impressively executed dinner party theme.

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