I had someone over last night for a partly social, partly business conversation. I wanted a simple meal whose prep and serving wouldn't distract us.
Brats on a bun, homemade coleslaw, blueberry dumplings
with vanilla ice cream.
Order of battle:
Made coleslaw the day before
Started the brats boiling about a half-hour before she came over, so they'd be cooked through.
Prepared the dumpling dough (mix dry ingredients, cut in shortening).
Mixed blueberries, sugar, and water
When she arrived:
Put brats in broiler to crisp up as we talked.
Served brats, rolls, and coleslaw.
Added milk to dough, form dumplings (still talking)
Put blueberries and dumplings in pan to cook (still talking)
Went like a smoothly oiled machine!