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Statement Dining | January 13, 2016 |

Indulgence with an indolent streak:

luxurious recipes that won't leave you tied to the kitchen

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Simplicity at the hob needn’’t mean compromise at the table. Given the choice, guests will always choose your company over a complicated dish that took three hours to prepare.

True, mastering a challenging dish can be rewarding, but some events call for a more laid-back approach. Here’’s one dinner party menu for four that strikes a happy balance between indolence and indulgence.

Starter: Raymond Blanc’s cep ravioli, sage and toasted nut butter

Blanc includes instructions to make your own ravioli but we’ recommend skipping this step in favour of pre-made pasta for a more time-saving dish. Homemade ravioli can take several hours to prepare, so this is our secret cheat’s version of a dish which will stir up the palate with layers of delicate flavour.

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Image source: Jean Cazals/Bloomsbury

Main: Jamie Oliver’’s Seafood stew with lashings of herbs, fresh bread and homemade aioli

Jamie Oliver is the king of flavourful, easy cooking and this popular Mediterranean dish has warm ocean flavours which add taste to every mouthful. Mopped up with chunks of fresh bread and a dollop of garlic aioli, this is comfort food with heart.

We’ recommend doubling the quantities, to serve four hungry guests.

Pair with the black cherry flavours of an Italian Dolcetto for laid-back supping – and, if you needed it, proof that you can mix a hearty red with seafood.

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Image source: JamieOliver/Website

Pudding: Sips and Spoonfuls’’ Peach melba trifle

Mixing late summer fruit with indulgent cream and custard, this peach-laced trifle is packed with fruity flavours.

Food photographer Sukaina Rajabiali has a delicious recipe on her site Sips and Spoonfuls – together with beautiful memories of her mother’’s trifle.

Image source: SipsandSpoonfuls/Website

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