Crispy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell

I have written previously on the merits of mussels. This is a fun party dish that combines the elegance of steaming in white wine with the fun of a crisp canapé. It works best with large mussels because you are cooking them twice, thereby reducing the risk of overcooking. But of course, you don’t alwaysContinue reading “Crispy Baked Mussels on the Half Shell”

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Slow-roasting the tomatoes really concentrates their flavour and makes them much sweeter than the sundried tomatoes you get from a jar. A taste of summer even in colder climes. Feeds 2 – 4 Ingredients 200g cherry tomatoes Olive oil Salt and pepper 4 slices of sourdough or other rustic Italian-style bread 1 clove of garlic,Continue reading “Roasted Tomato Bruschetta”

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”

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”