Do you know what we don’t do enough of? Meeting up with other people who do a similar thing to us. We’ve done loads of collabs and constantly meet loads of different people, but last night was all about the food.
We had the pleasure of being invited to host a dinner with a group called the Food Bloggers of Los Angeles, taking part in something that usually happens once a month at various people’s houses. The bloggers basically get together, eat and chat about food… How cool is that?!
The twist tonight was that no food was cooked before people turned up. Everyone there was a food blogger ready and willing to get into the kitchen and help out before sitting down to the meal. It’s what social cooking is all about, which funnily enough is what SORTEDfood is all about!
Erika, who runs Not Ketchup was kind enough to make her home available for us to host the evening, which is crazy! Her house is absolutely amazing. She’s cooked for up to 200 people there and regularly hosts the L.A Food Bloggers, so she pretty much organised the hell out of us (which gave Ben a nice break 😀 ).
We also asked the guests to suggest their own recipes to cook at the evening (we’re not allowed to eat anything otherwise!). There were a lot of great options and they’re all uploaded to SORTEDfood so that you can check them out and recreate what we had!
Here’s what ended up on the menu –
- Avocados Stuffed with Strawberry Salsa by Gluten Free with Emily – This was the perfect way to start the meal! It was fresh, light and of course, gluten free!
- Blueberry White Pepper Lamb Chops by Not Ketchup – Fruit ketchups? They work! Erika used her blueberry “Not Ketchup” sauce for this recipe and it complimented the lamb brilliantly.
- Butternut Squash Noodles in Sage Butter by Tasting Page – This dish is the ideal substitution to regular noodles or pasta. It’s really easy with a spiralizer and takes no time to get ready.
- Serbian Potato Salad by Bibberche – Serbian food is something that we haven’t really tried before, so we’re really glad we got the chance! The potato salad was delicious with the lamb. Again it wasn’t heavy at all, just fresh and tasty!
- Garides Saganaki (Greek Shrimp Saganaki) by The Duo Dishes – The shrimp in the U.S. is awesome and this recipe really makes it the star of the show! It’s simple, vibrant, and who doesn’t like a splash of ouzo?
- Chocolate Port Cake by Kitchy Cooking – You’ve gotta have something indulgent for dessert! The meal was so light that this finished it off so well.
The best thing about this whole evening was that everyone got involved. We all got into the kitchen and I’ve never seen so many people cooking at the same time and so many cameras pointed at food! Hopefully some of you followed along on Twitter too, everyone at the evening was tweeting and uploading photos. It’s well documented!
We also got loads more recommendations for places to eat in L.A.! There’s no way we’re going to have time to visit all of them during this trip, but hey… that’s what return visits are for! And now we’ve got plenty of friends to catch up with when we’re back
It turns out that social cooking isn’t just our thing. Loads of people do it… And so should you! It changes the whole experience and we think it’s the best way to introduce newcomers to cooking, as well as being a great way to make good friends. If you’ve got any friends who are #LostandHungry then be nice and host a dinner party 😀 Use this menu or go use SORTEDfood put together your own!
As well as checking out the bloggers above, make sure you check out everyone else who was there… They’re all fantastic and so passionate about food: