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13 November 2017

Dianne Bibby’s 5 Tips for the Busy Host

Dianne Bibby

Dianne Bibby invites the world into her absolutely delicious kitchen every day via her glorious Bibby’s Kitchen at 36 blog. We also love her knack for simple, unpretentious yet utterly mouthwatering presentation, as seen on her Instagram feed. ‘For me, the pleasure of food lies not only in eating it but also those with whom we choose to share it,’ says Di. ‘My kitchen is a creative gathering place where meals are shared with family and friends, celebrating life and nurturing our connectivity.’ Who better to turn to for top tips for inspired entertaining?

Firstly, what are your five top tips for successful entertaining?

  1. Chilled rosé on ice – summer is for pink drinks!
  2. As in Italy, most of your dinner parties should start with home-baked breads. I also include flavoured butters, olive tapenade and something unfamiliar that sparks conversation.
  3. Take time to set a beautiful table with fresh flowers and linen napkins.
  4. For me, the ‘less is more rule’ never applies to dessert. My guests always tend to go home with a box of something sweet to savour with their early morning coffee. Wicked but delicious!
  5. Food is the vehicle for gatherings, but people are the most important element.

Dianne Bibby

What is your favourite way to entertain?
Candle-lit dinners under our gazebo. Somehow food always taste better when eaten outside.
Summer brunches come a close second. I love that shakshuka, avo toast and bircher muesli are comfortable at the same table. Brunch is also the new meet-and-eat occasion. It’s casual, relaxed and encourages people participation.

Dianne Bibby

Essential cookware for hosts with the most?
Even those with the most need the Fleur Collection from Le Creuset. If the food fails to impress, this floral cotton-coloured collection certainly won’t. And for long slow cooking, Le Creuset’s Oval and Round Casseroles are indispensable.

Signature Round Casserole in Cotton

Fleur Signature Saucepan

Your top ingredients to cook with right now?
Miso, tahini, sumac, freekeh and halva. I’m also a little obsessed with fennel, aubergines and combining sweet seasonal fruit into savoury dishes.

Dianne Bibby

What is a total no-no for you?
No chip and dip, ever! Cook from scratch, even if it’s simple. Homemade tastes like ‘hospitality’.

Le Creuset Rectangular Dish

What’s on your menu for summer entertaining?
My go-to menu is abundant platters of mixed grain salads with loads of colourful vegetables, nuts and tahini yoghurt dressing. To serve alongside Middle Eastern koftas or grilled fish, and a reckless chocolate tart for dessert.

Dianne Bibby

Last tip for the consummate hostess?
Laugh in the face of failure or have another pink drink.

Le Creuset Champagne Flutes

For more Le Creuset culinary inspiration, visit our recipe website. Shop online at www.lecreuset.co.za where we offer countrywide free delivery or visit your nearest Le Creuset Boutique Store. Did you like this post? Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll send you more news and promotions!

Food photography courtesy Dianne Bibby

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