So here's the challenge -
Dinner party next weekend for 7 people.
- Dishes must be vegetarian or pescetarian. Can be shellfish or sole, but no other fish is acceptable (the King is fussy). Salmon is absolutely forbidden.
- It must be relatively easy to prepare (I'm a talented cook, but don't want to spend two days in the kitchen) and not require that I spend 40 minutes over the stove while my guests are in the other room.
- It must be sufficiently 'formal' - the King will absolutely veto my vegetarian chilis, etc.
- It must be hearty enough for a winter dinner (a salad and small mushroom tart, while yummy, won't cut it here)
I am fresh out of ideas - I could just slap a lobster on everyone's plate, but don't really want to take out a second mortgage for this meal.
*Modified because I hit Send too soon*