The Fuss-Free 3 Course Dinner Menu

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One of the best things about our new place (aside from the fact that there’s a cat flap in the bathroom window which always make chuckle/worry that one day a cat will knock on its taped-up door and want to be let in) is that we’re finally in a space that’s sizeable enough to entertain people and have family and friends round for dinner. Of course the emergency chairs still have to be brought out, but we’re no longer sitting on each others laps and knocking elbows as we eat. I love to cook and feed people up because I’m slowly becoming a clone of my Mother so we’ve really enjoying having people over and cracking open a few bottles of wine #Adulting. The one thing I’m not so keen on though are dinners that take a tonne of time and mean you’re stuck in the kitchen. I’m all about prepping early in the morning and rustling it up later in 10 minutes. Tasty, speedy food is where it’s at. We made this little 3-course number a few weekends ago when my family popped over for dinner. Everyone loved it, plates were scraped clean and we all had extremely full bellies after – result. If you’re unsure of what to throw together for dinner tonight then I highly, highly recommend this…

STARTERBBC Food’s Focaccia with Garlic and Rosemary. Now this wasn’t the easiest or quickest to make, but the dough could be made before everyone came round and Mark quite enjoyed pretending to be Paul Hollywood. It didn’t take hours and hours, but it tasted so good. We served it just before dinner and everyone went mad for it. With oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping – OH YES.

MAINGizzi Erksine’s New York Style Meatballs & Gravy with Courgetti. I love how easy this is to make. I made the sauce in the morning and moulded my balls too. Then I left them in the fridge to cook later along with the courgetti which was all ready to go. I bake my balls because there is too many of them to fit into a pan and then just warm them through with the sauce just before serving. So quick. So easy. So tasty.

DESSERTBBC Good Food’s Best Ever Tiramisu. Oh my word – this was seriously incredible and so ridiculously easy to make. It literally took Mark and I about 15 minutes to do; just a bit of whipping and dipping sponge fingers in coffee. The only issue was that we didn’t have a fancy serving dish so popped it in our baking tray that we usually make lasagnes and pasta bakes in. Shhhh – no one noticed.

The best bit is that there was plenty of dessert leftover, so for the whole of Monday it’s all I ate. What Monday blues, eh? 


  • Looks so good!! My go to dinner is lasagna with a berry and apple crumble for dessert. I think I need to give that meatballs and courgetti a go!

  • They all look so delicious, especially Gizzi Erskine’s recipe. I must try it out because that courgetti looks yummy!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  • All these courses look delicious! I think tiramisu is my favourite dessert <3

  • That tiramisu looks SO GOOD, I’m saving this recipe to try next weekend!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • emily couture

    All of the meals look amazing! 🙂

    emily xx

  • Sophie

    These all sound amazing. I might make the meatballs for my other half next week and see what he thinks, and maybe I’ll keep the tiramisu all for myself!

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  • This meal sounds delicious! BBC good good is one of my favourite food websites and I love Gizzi Erskine and her personality.


  • You know you’re getting on when you STALK the good food website, guilty as charged! haha x

  • These look so yummy!

    Xx, Daria

  • Charlotte
  • Jessica

    LOVED this post Anna!! Would you consider making it a monthly thing with a new 3 course menu every month? xxx

  • Ana Banana

    Cheat Sunday, lovely food! Xoxo

    Luxury Makeup Organiser

  • Omg that all looks so delicious!! Especially that tiramisu!

  • This is making me so hungry! The tiramisu looks incredible!

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

  • It is either that or a very large kitchen where everyone is designed a special task, so no one feels left out.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • It looks so yummie!

  • Athena Politou

    I will never ever understand how people think “courgetti” can be a decent substitute for pasta.

    The tiramisu looks delish though! I love dinner parties.

  • That bread looks amaaaazing!

  • That focaccia looks AMAZING!! Must give it a try!!

  • These all look so yummy!!xx thanks for sharing

    Lauren Rose

  • This looks delicious!

    xo, Liz

  • A double whammy of wonderfulness from you today Miss Gardner! Gimme dem balls.

    Kirstie | Kirstie Pickering

  • This whole meal sounds so delicious! Now I’m really in the mood for Tiramisu, so I’ll have to try the recipe.

  • You cannot beat bread and oil, it’s DIVINE! Love the look of the tiramisu too, oh mama….

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • M.

    That focaccia though!!! This looks truly delicious!


  • I’m so looking forward to trying out courgetti especially after seeing you rave about this dish on youtube too! x

    Ceann // From Brighton and beyond

  • Heidi :)

    Looks yummy!

    heidi lauren x

  • That focaccia… oh wow!

    Claudia Harriet

  • Yi

    meatballs 😀

  • The Sunday Mode

    Yep I think throwing dinner parties definitely qualifies you as an adult, props to you because all of the food looks amazing! Currently drooling over that focaccia…

  • Ying Li

    Wow… these dishes are so right on point as ‘fuss-free’ … thanks for sharing

  • Great ideas for future dinner parties that I may have. Great shout using the lasagna dish for the tiramisu – I don;t have a fancy one either.

    Christie x

  • Tatiana

    I love homemade breads and that focaccia looks to die for!

  • mycitymylondon

    Love it:) I make tiramisu using plain biscuits dipped in coffee, then a thick layer of nutella, then thick layer of whipping cream (a few spoons of sugar added) and then repeat for as many layers as you like! Everyone that has tried it, lovesssss it! Must try it Head over to my blog for healthy receipes too:)

    • Valentina Avvisati

      In Italy we called that “Mattone”, brick ahah

  • Valentina Avvisati

    I feel so bad everytime I see a tiramisu’ with whipped cream…seriously.
    A good tiramisu, trust me I’m Italian ahah, has a yellow cream made with sugar, egg yolk, mascarpone creamy cheese and egg white mounted as whipped cream. : )

  • Creme Rose

    That tiramisu looks so good! 🙂
    x Arwa |

  • I LOVE courgetti although I’d have this with quorn meatballs. Gotta love the BBC Good Food website too haha x