Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies

These pies just say Christmas! Big enough to be generous, but small enough for a party snack, if I saw a plate of these beauties any time over the festive period, I would instantly know I was welcome. If homemade shortcrust pastry isn’t your thing, you can buy pre-made shortcrust pastry in most grocery stores.Continue reading “Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies”

Sugar & Spiced Nuts

These nuts are the perfect standby nibble. Pile onto a cheese board and pair with a salty cheese such as stilton or chèvre, or pop a bowl of these on the counter when hungry people begin to hover. Better still, these make a fabulous edible gift! I have provided instructions for making your own ChristmasContinue reading “Sugar & Spiced Nuts”

We Should All Be Eating Mussels

Mussels are one of my absolute favourite things to eat. They were actually the first thing I ever cooked for my (now) husband. He was dead impressed – and you will be, too. In addition to being really delicious, mussels have so much going for them. They’re cheap, elegant, easy and quick to cook, lowContinue reading “We Should All Be Eating Mussels”

Chicken Tikka Marsala Triangles

Not to be confused with Chicken Tikka Masala. Chicken Tikka Masala given a festive – and inauthentic – twist with Christmassy flavours: booze, dried fruit and nuts. Very festive, indeed. Folded into a crisp phyllo shell, it’s the perfect party appetizer. Makes about 40 pieces Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1.5 cupsContinue reading “Chicken Tikka Marsala Triangles”

Fig, Goat’s Cheese and Prosciutto Bundles with a Rosemary, Honey & Brandy Glaze

Fairly described as a TASTE EXPLOSION. Make these and pretend you’re the guy from Love Actually who hopelessly uses “Taste Explosion?” as a pick-up line. If you’re unsuccessful, at least you’ll have more of these for yourself. Makes 18 pieces Ingredients 9 Dried figs Goat’s cheese 6 Slices prosciutto Rosemary Honey Brandy (port or sherryContinue reading “Fig, Goat’s Cheese and Prosciutto Bundles with a Rosemary, Honey & Brandy Glaze”

Smoked Mackerel Pâté with Yorkshire Pudding

If you really want to impress this year, this is the one. Use my make-ahead tips below and you’ll be amazed at how effortlessly you can pull together this showstopper of an appetizer. If you can’t get smoked mackerel, smoked trout works beautifully. Feeds 4 Ingredients For the pâté: 180g (2 fillets) of smoked mackerelContinue reading “Smoked Mackerel Pâté with Yorkshire Pudding”

Parsnip Crisps

A festive snack that will get people talking. Larger parsnips are better for this than thinner ones as you’re going for as much surface area as possible with your peelings. Feeds 2 – 4 as a nibble Ingredients 1 large parsnip 1 tsp garam masala spice mix 1 – 2 tsp olive oil Salt andContinue reading “Parsnip Crisps”

The Grazing Board

Grazing boards are very in right now, and for good reason – they look impressive and generous, but come with a relaxed vibe – exactly what party food should be. However, don’t be taken in by those glamorous grazing boards you see posted across Instagram. Those huge boards are packed completely full of anything andContinue reading “The Grazing Board”

No Notice Nibbles: Garlic Croutons with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Stale bread and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes are the stand-by heroes of this party snack. Use rustic, good quality bread for best results.  Feeds 4 as a nibble with drinks Ingredients Stale, good quality bread (about 1/4 of a loaf), cut into bite-sized cubes Olive oil 2 cloves garlic Salt and pepper 4 –Continue reading “No Notice Nibbles: Garlic Croutons with Sun-Dried Tomatoes”

No Notice Nibbles: Marinated Feta

Chic, interesting and instant. Perfect on its own as a last-minute appetizer, or as part of a tapas feast or grazing board. Ingredients Block of feta cheese Dried oregano Dried chilli flakes Flaked salt Pepper Extra virgin olive oil To serve: cocktail sticks Method: Place the block of feta on the serving board or platterContinue reading “No Notice Nibbles: Marinated Feta”