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Britons lose interest in formal dining

Dinner parties are no longer in vogue

Traditional dinner parties are no longer fashionable, with Britons preferring to arrange casual meals or try out new flavour pairings on the barbecue instead, new research suggests.

According to a survey by Carte D'Or, just two per cent of people regard three-course meals as their preferred option when entertaining guests.

Instead, casual meals are now the most popular format when dining, with relaxed barbecues featuring in second place.

The research also revealed that half of British cooks have told guests they had made a dessert, when actually it was shop-bought.

This type of deception, however, can easily be avoided by trying out one of the many recipes produced by celebrity chefs.

For instance, fans of old-fashioned puddings with a twist may like to try Delia Smith's rhubarb and Amaretti crumble, served with custard enhanced with the seeds from vanilla pods.

Alternatively, Nigel Slater's 'jelly for grown-ups' - available on the BBC Food website - provides a sophisticated palate-cleanser with its whole cardamom and citrus fruit flavours.

Related Products: Vanilla Pods, Whole Cardamom

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