The reason for my indecision is due to the dietary restrictions of some of my guests. Last Saturday one of my guests was allergic to nuts and eggs. So the menu was the culinary equivalent of a 3m forward dive with tuck, degree of difficulty 1.4. But this Saturday looks more like a reverse 2 and a half somersault 1 and a half twist with pike, degree of difficulty 3.5! I'd like to do a three course meal.
One of Saturday's guests is a vegetarian who is allergic to sesame (no seeds, no oil). He won't mind though if meat is on the menu, as long as he can eat something else.
But another of Saturday's guests can't eat fructans (she suffers from Fructose Malabsorption), which are found not only in many vegetables but also in wheat. So the following ingredients are off the menu:
Wheat (although she can have small amounts). But no wheat rules out flour-based cakes, wheat-based bread, regular pasta, hokkien and udon noodles, pastries, couscous, pizza etc.
Onions (including spring onions)
My friend has also very kindly sent me a list of foods she CAN eat:
Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges,
Golden Syrup or maple syrup
Ginger, Garlic, fresh and dry herbs, etc
Vegetables such as avocado, beans, beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, capsicum, carrot, chilli, eggplant, legumes, lettuce, olives, potato, pumpkin, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potato, tomato (but not tomato paste), zucchini
Can anyone PLEASE offer some inspirational recipe ideas that will accomodate both of my friends' dietary requirements? I haven't had a chance to go through recipe books yet, and the muse of spontaneous inspiration is yet to strike. I've got the day free on Saturday so I don't mind running around to source gluten-free stuff...