From my book (R.S.V.P.) Simple Sophistication. Effortless Entertaining, I always suggest that food should be the simplest part of the equation. An easy way to entertain is to buy great cheeses and do just one fantastic tray of different options with fresh figs, apples and pears and serve it with an excellent wine. In London, I have a small apartment in a great neighborhood called Marylebone, which has many quaint shops. One of my favorites is La Fromagerie (2 - 6 Moxon Street, London W1U 4EW) which has a truffle brie to die for and they only make it on weekends. I bring it over as a gift to friends. They love it and I always take one back to Hong Kong.
For those who cannot cook, there are great take away places in every city. Just make sure to make it look like your own. Display in your best dishes and throw tons of fresh coriander, mint r parsley on the food. I learned about Moroccan cooking in my late teens. When I entertain for more than ten people and I want to enjoy the company and not be in the kitchen, I'll serve several Moroccan dishes, and that is always a success.
about marie's book
(R.S.V.P.) Simple Sophistication. Effortless Entertaining (Thames & Hudson)
Fusing understated elegance with the dramatic Asian aesthetics of her Hong Kong home, Marie France reveals the secrets of successful entertaining with a forward by Francois Curiel, President of Christies Asia.