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 people but expend as little effort as possible, this appetizer is just the thing. 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 – 6Continue 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”

Sausage Rolls

This is an old Canadian Living recipe my family has been making for years. And years. And years. I’ve added a few tips I’ve picked up over time to help make your life easier, but having said that, these are incredibly simple to make. Once you try these, you won’t even think about buying themContinue reading “Sausage Rolls”

Luxury Mushrooms on Toast

Great for lunch, but also makes a fantastic canapé with smaller toasts. The mushrooms are roasted rather than fried, so the mixture ends up drier, and won’t make the bread soggy. The flavour of truffle really comes through – pour some glasses of Champagne and enjoy. Feeds 2 as a lunch, or 4 – 8Continue reading “Luxury Mushrooms on Toast”