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”