Eat on the Green’s Craig Wilson, the Kilted Chef, has some ideas for informal entertaining…

Impress your guests by serving a sizzling pan in the middle of the table surrounded by small plates of complimentary ingredients. The contrast of colours and textures pleases the eye and the appetite.

Spread the workload by putting someone in charge of arrival drinks and making sure you have ice. Find out about food allergies, dislikes or dietary requirements in advance.

Dishes like soup or salad can be made ahead of time and finished in a few minutes. A slow cooked curry, casserole or ragu with accompaniments is stress-free.

For dessert, try a caramel cheesecake, pudding or tart with ice cream, crème fraiche and seasonal fruits for a deliciously simple crowd-pleaser.

End with a cheese board.

Try the Gourmet Cheese Company on Rosemount Place, for a great selection, tasting nibbles and expert advice.

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