Prepare the dessert in advance; put a layer of sliced chocolate cake (swiss rolls are good) in the bottom of a dish, drizzle over some booze of some kind (brandy is nice, but Amaretto, Cointreau, Tia Maria, even whisky will be fine. Add a thick layer of chunky fruit jam, a layer of chocolate-chip cookies very briefly dipped in booze, a layer of (real)whipped cream and grate some dark chocolate on top.
Let it stand in the fridge for at least a couple of hours before serving.
For the main course - keep it simple, pasta is good and fast; put some penne on to boil, then gently fry some chopped bacon (Pancetta if you can get it); when the bacon starts to take colour, add a chopped onion, a finely diced red pepper, a crushed clove of garlic and some chopped herbs (thyme or rosemary or sage etc) - turn the heat down so that it is just cooking very gently. later on, when the pasta is almost done, halve some cherry tomatoes and throw them into the frying pan with the other ingredients; don’t cook them for more than a minute; they should really just be warmed through and starting to soften.
Drain the pasta (add a little olive oil to the pasta after draining, then shake it up with the lid on), season the contents of the frying pan and mix it all together with the pasta; serve it with just some crusty white bread and maybe a little shaved parmesan.