Party Pieces

              

When catering for a ravenous horde, simplicity, speed and flavoursome morsels are the order of the day; elegant pastry hors d'oevre like Mini Quiches and low-stress Party Pieces.   

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Blackforest Icecream CakeBlackforest Icecream Cake

Easy to make with a little planning, this is a chilled take on the classic Blackforest Cake ...

 

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Beef and Ginger Sesame DumplingsBeef and Ginger Sesame Dumplings

 I love to make these dumplings in two ways - pot-sticker baked/fried dumplings for one half of the mix, steaming the other half - the best of both worlds ....

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BlinisBlinis

These delightful little Russian pancakes are traditionally served with smoked salmon, caviar and sour cream, which is delicious ...

 

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Chargrilled Seafood SkewersChargrilled Seafood Skewers

These have the great benefit of being easy to prepare in advance, very tasty, great for large parties or barbeques ...

 

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Cheese and Chive SouffleCheese and Chive Souffle

This is light, rich and delicate all at the same time, well worth a go ...

          

 

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Chicken Liver PateChicken Liver Pate

This will keep well if sealed with butter, and makes an excellent addition to a lunch, party platter or cheese plate ...

 

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Christmas SaladChristmas Salad

Ok technically not just for Christmas, but it makes me think of Christmas every time I make it – and for me Christmas is synonymous with cooking ...

 

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Pumpkin and Rice TrianglesCrispy Vegetable Triangles

Crispy and light, these vegetarian treats are fantastic for parties, lunches and for summer dinners ...

 

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Dessert PizzaDessert Pizza

If the title is too offensive, call it Low-fat Baked Fruit Tart if you like.  Basically it is a butter-free pastry made from a light bread dough, topped with fruit, mascarpone and nuts ...

 

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Fillet of BeefFillet of Beef

The beef fillet is one of the most tender and delicous pieces of meat you can purchase. Here are two methods to get the best for your money ...

 

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Garlic King PrawnsGarlic King Prawns

Dinner party pleaser, scores quite well on the poshometer and has the benefit of being super easy to prepare ...

 

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GrissiniGrissini

These are easy to make, quite delicious and worth doing occasionally to spice up your dinner party nibbles or to have with dips and cheese ...

 

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Lamb KoftaLamb Kofta

Here are two versions of Lamb Kofta skewers, both of which are great hot or cold ...

 

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Mini BurgersMini Burgers

The great benefit of making Mini Burgers is they are easy to have prepared ahead of time and make a fabulous informal dinner with friends, or even children ...

 

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Mushroom and Prosciutto TartsMushroom and Prosciutto Tarts

This is a simple little canapé with big flavour - make all the ingredients ahead and cook as friends arrive ...

 

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Oysters with Champagne Tarragon ButterOysters with Champagne Tarragon Butter

Fresh oysters are delicious as they are, but for an extra burst of flavour this is one of my favourites ...

 

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Limoncello and Elderflower TiramisuLimoncello and Elderflower Tiramisu

Sweet and tangy this is a lovely elegant dessert - made in individual portions or as a large generous tart ...

 

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Party PiecesParty Pieces

This is another hand-written recipe found in the back of a recipe book ...

           

 

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QuicheQuiche

Quiche is such a family staple for us, not only is it relatively quick and easy to make, but is can be amended to be vegetarian, luxurious or simple as well as being suitable to be mass produced for parties either in the mini form or as wonderful great slabs ...

 

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Raspberry Chambord Jelly ShootersRaspberry Chambord Jelly Shooters

Use other berries if you wish, this is a very simple and delicious summer treat ...

 

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Retro Prawn CocktailRetro Prawn Cocktail

Another survivor of a bygone era, there is something entirely whimsical about a truly retro prawn cocktail ...

 

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Salmon PastiesSalmon Pasties

The filling is a white-sauce based roux with plenty of robust flavour from the salmon ...

                 

 

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Scallops in Brandy Sauce with Puy LentilsScallops in Brandy Sauce


This is another 1970s throw-back that I remember from my childhood – though I suspect when I had it it was heavily laced with butter, cream and probably even more brandy...


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Spicy Pastry StrawsSpicy Pastry Straws

There are so many variations on this recipe, however this one is tried and true and seems to strike a good balance between kid-friendly and grown-up treat ...

 

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Stuffed MushroomsStuffed Mushrooms

This is a great dinner party entrée or if the mushrooms are enormous it also makes a great main course ...

 

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Stuffed Quail BreastsStuffed Quail Breasts

Fabulous canapé or entrée, they look beautiful and the taste is nothing short of a revelation if you are new to quail ...

 

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SushiSushi

You can add any flavour you like to Sushi, my favourirtes are Prawn with avocado, Salt and Pepper Squid and Blue Swimmer Crab with Black Rice - great for parties...

 

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Vegetable Soup JulienneVegetable Soup Julienne

This is a traditional, elegant, French soup which looks beautiful, has a light fresh flavour and makes a fabulous entree or vegetarian meal ...

 

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Walnut-stuffed Chicke BreastsWalnut-stuffed Chicken Breasts

Light and summery, this is great served with roasted sweet potato, baby beets or honeyed carrots ...

 

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