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 8 for canapés Continue reading “Luxury Mushrooms on Toast”

Roasted Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta

I can’t remember where this recipe came from, but my mother has been cooking it for years, and by extension, so have I. People go absolutely crazy for this. It looks the business, tastes incredible and it’s really easy to make. Ingredients 3 large bulbs of garlic Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 x 125gContinue reading “Roasted Garlic and Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta”

Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries

A classic appetizer, but this would also be a fabulous and unexpected dinner party menu. Some really good cold ham, piles of good-quality mini gherkins, a crisp bitter salad and lots of cold Champagne… Quantity-wise, one 4″ wheel will do for six as an appetizer. As a main, it will feed two generously. Ingredients ForContinue reading “Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries”

Cannellini Crostini

Summer flavours can be achieved year-round thanks to this garlicky, lemony bean dip and the sweet, intense flavours of the oven-dried tomatoes. Suitable for vegans, should you happen to have one about. If you haven’t got time to oven-dry tomatoes, a jar of good quality sun-dried tomatoes is a fine alternative. Chop them up prettyContinue reading “Cannellini Crostini”

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

A super-fast, easy soup. Jarred peppers are already cooked and peeled, giving you great flavour for zero effort. This soup is quick enough to whip up for lunch on a workday, but it’s elegant enough that I’d serve it as a first course for a dinner party. It can also be chilled down and servedContinue reading “Roasted Red Pepper Soup”

Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Only do this if the melon is ripe. Slice a cantaloupe melon into moons, removing the rind and seeds. You can either place the melon pieces on individual plates or one big platter – whatever vibe you’re going for. Artfully drape pieces of good quality prosciutto over the melon. Sprinkle with saltContinue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”