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”

Cauliflower and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Crisps

I don’t usually go in for cream soups, though there’s actually very little cream in this one and it feeds a lot of people. Either way, this soup is delicious and that’s justification enough. It makes a wonderful starter for a celebration meal, or a cosy lunch after a bracing country walk. Feeds 6 –Continue reading “Cauliflower and Truffle Soup with Parmesan Crisps”

Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds

A fuss-free ending for a casual meal. Feeds 4 Ingredients 100g good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids) Seeds of 1 pomegranate, dried with paper towel Method: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Over a double boiler (heatproof bowl over a pot of barely-simmering water), melt the chocolate. Remove and set aside. Tumble in theContinue reading “Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds”

Frozen Chocolate Mousse

Somewhere between an ice cream and a chocolate mousse, this super-quick dessert is as versatile as it is delicious. Dress it up for a dinner party by serving it in a martini glass with a few raspberries or a rolled wafer biscuit stuck in. Feeds 8 Ingredients 600ml double cream / whipping cream 1 xContinue reading “Frozen Chocolate Mousse”

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”

Moroccan Meatballs

This really delivers on flavour and it’s packed full of vegetables! I would make this for a casual dinner party (see Make Ahead tip below) but it’s also simple enough to cook on a weeknight. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients – you probably have most of it already. Serves 4 –Continue reading “Moroccan Meatballs”