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Old 09-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #11
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #12
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First of all, Welcome to DC and you did very well on your first post!

I agree with all the suggestions here. Remember it is the thought that counts! A nice fruit basket or some baking (though here you may have to watch if they eat/drink eggs and milk. If you make bread, that would be a great thing.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:12 AM   #13
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Curry? Go for it!

Hello RHart,
I'm new to discuss cooking as well but they are a great bunch and have made me feel welcome. Also, we live all over the world so have different takes on things.
I would make a simple and mild Thai curry, slightly different from their familiar one but with the flavors you need. If you can buy 2 cans of coconut milk, a couple of limes and chili in some form ( either fresh or dried on jars), you are in business! Coriander would be great but if that's too exotic for your store try fresh parsley or thyme.
This will make you a great sauce to which you can add chicken or fish or shellfish. I would, however, ask them at the time you offer the invite if they are vegetarian as many are. If so, substitute the meat/fish for vegetables.Serve with boiled rice and a fresh tomato salad. Put a little bowl of spicy chutney and another one of a yogurt/cucumber dip on the table and I promise they will love your efforts!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:22 PM   #14
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Welcome to DC! I have very good friends who are vegetarians and from India. Personally, I would welcome them to the neighborhood by cooking s/thing vegetarian but not Indian (be safe--I made a chickpea-rhubarb curry in June that was to die for). Or, I would make lemon bars or another dessert. Or, a vegetarian soup and some homemade bread or rolls.
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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Maybe a nice basket of fruit would go well to welcome them, it would suit all possibilities. Also if they are really new to the area a list of local shops and where to get the freshest produce and maybe a list for local plumbers, electricians that you trust would be good.

Nice thought
If we are taking a vote, I think the above is the best idea. Somehow I think it's a bit intrusive to assume, or ask someone you have never met about what they do, or do not eat. That comes with getting to know them.

A lovely small fruit basket would not offend anyone, and be welcome as a friendly greeting. Flowers for their table is another idea.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:08 AM   #16
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On the other hand, if you can pull off a simple curry meal, it would be complimentary and show them you are attuned to their ethnicity. I suppose a safe basket of fruit would do ok.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:22 AM   #17
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On the other hand, if you can pull off a simple curry meal, it would be complimentary and show them you are attuned to their ethnicity. I suppose a safe basket of fruit would do ok.
That should be a meal that you have done at least several times successfully. It shouldn't be something you are trying for the first time, which the OP would be doing, since the question was "...a fairly simple but nice dish I could make?".

Personally, I would always think that a dish that is not from someone's background is a better choice. They can probably do it better and it's something they can have any time they want it. I think it's better to serve/give something that's different.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:30 AM   #18
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That should be a meal that you have done at least several times successfully. It shouldn't be something you are trying for the first time, which the OP would be doing, since the question was "...a fairly simple but nice dish I could make?".

Personally, I would always think that a dish that is not from someone's background is a better choice. They can probably do it better and it's something they can have any time they want it. I think it's better to serve/give something that's different.
Make the curry 1st time...see if it turned out well, have a basket of fruit as a standby or give both.

The OP mentioned some cooking experience.

It was just a for fun suggestion. I happen to be marinating lamb for my lamb curry stew at the moment.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:52 AM   #19
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We had some of my wife's co-workers from India over to dinner this Spring. They had never been to our country before, so we decided to feed them some American dishes with ingredients that wouldn't be completely unfamiliar. The menu consisted of grilled chicken with homemade BBQ sauce (this was a big hit), along with potato salad, beans (no bacon added), and coleslaw. One of our guests was a vegetarian, and she seemed completely content munching away at the veggie-only dishes. The meal was a big success, and before flying back home, they made a point of thanking my wife once again for making them all feel welcome. I make a lot of Indian dishes, and could've easily gone that route, but by making something American, it gave them something they couldn't get at home and was a way of sharing our culture with them.

Moral of the story: stick to what you know best.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:08 AM   #20
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I agree with you Steve Kroll and tax lady when she said "Personally, I would always think that a dish that is not from someone's background is a better choice. They can probably do it better and it's something they can have any time they want it. I think it's better to serve/give something that's different."

Or my "safe" suggestion of a welcome basket of fruit, safe but won't be thrown away.

I have some friends who have an Indian background and although some of the curry recipes given above, whilst I would like them, wouldn't be to their taste.
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