When the evenings draw in and there’s a chill in the air, it’s the ideal time to plan a low-maintenance meal that can be dipped in and out of, while you dust off a pack of cards and cosy up for an evening of relaxed chat, drink and play. With a little forethought – make the dough and tomato sauce ahead, prep some fresh, seasonal ingredients for toppings and salads and assemble a no-cook dessert in pretty glasses – you’re left to enjoy a stylish pizza party.
Turn to page 46 of October's The Simple Things for a simple pizza, salad and pudding menu, and try one of our seven card games ideas, too.
Think classic Eton pud but with seasonal fruits
1 jar (300g) organic plums in syrup, plums halved, stones removed
250g fresh vanilla custard
salted pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped
1 Break the meringues into bitesize chunks and place half into 6 glasses.
2 Add 1–2 plum halves on top of the meringue in each glass, and spoon over 1 tbsp plum syrup.
3 Top with 2–3 tbsp custard. 4 Add more meringues, plums, syrup and custard to nearly fill the glasses.