One of the guests, my brother-in-law, doesn't eat meat but does eat fish if they are environmentally sound. So I made a dairy meal.
First course: Minestrone
I sauted onions and celery in olive oil, added 2 lbs thinly sliced carrots, bay leaves and two 16 oz cans of crushed tomatoes. plus two cans of water, and let it simmer, along with a can of beans. 1/2 hour before serving, I added tubetini pasta. When I served it, I passed around parmesan cheese and a grater.
Main course: Ginger sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli and rosemary baked tilapia (St. Peter's Fish)
I peeled and diced the sweet potatoes and baked them with dots of butter, some salt and a sprinkling of ground ginger. I microwaved the broccoli. The fish, which were fillets, I baked over sprigs of rosemary. I peppered the top and sprayed it with cooking spray, and baked it for 20 minutes. They were flaky but still moist and falling apart when we ate them.
The strong colors of the vegetables worked with the white fish, which had a lovely taste of rosemary all through it. The sweet potatoes came out very sweet even without extra sugar.
Dessert - baked pears. I washed bartlett pears and peeled the top part and took out some of the core. I baked them for an hour at 350, and took them out. After I took the fish out, I put the pears back in at about 200, after sprinkling them with garam marsala. They were warm when we ate them, and delicate and sweet, with a bit of heat from the spices.
I think it went very well.