Canapes and Starters

Summer Tomato Soup & Fried Basil Chips

This is the epitome of Italian dishes (locally known as Pappa al Pomodoro) and one of my favourite, favourite soup recipes.  Actually calling it a soup is like calling the Queen ‘a lady with a handbag!’  When it’s made slowly, with love this dish has enough magic to make you believe in the simplicity and majesty of Mother Nature’s bountiful pantry! Also, 12 million Italians can’t be wrong.  An opera in a bowl……..

Canapes and Starters

Smoked Walnut Dukkah

Every Autumn I have an abundance of walnuts & there’s nothing like a jar of freshly blended dukkah. I sprinkle this mix over soft cheese for platters, salads or hot pasta for flavour & texture.  As a marinade with oil over grilled fish or chicken. When roasting potatoes or veggies a spoonful over 5 minutes before I remove them from the oven. Otherwise, lovely with fresh bread and warm olive oil.

Canapes and Starters

Bruschetta with Pea Guacamole

This is another fab dish for Spring and Summer, especially on the run up to Christmas. A great easy and seasonal canapé, you can prep early in the day and enjoy your guests at the same time.

Canapes and Starters

Mini Cheese and Onion Marmalade Savouries

Don’t you just hate it when you get the half-eaten cheese platter conundrum! Really expensive cheese that you can’t re-serve and don’t want to throw out.

Well this quick and easy recipe will solve all those problems and make you smile from the inside! The great thing is, a small amount of cheese & a spoonful of relish goes a hellova long way. 15 minutes to cheese platter heaven!!!

Canapes and Starters

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

For a lovely dinner party starter, canapés or a platter with friends, try one, two or all three of these easy Asian dishes. You can mix and match or play around with herbs and fillings.

Great to make in large batches and freeze too.

NB: You’ll find my recipe for Crispy Bottom Pork & Prawn Dumplings under ‘Starters and Canapes’, and the quick and delicious Prawn Balls recipe is in my latest book – Union Jax (P124) – If you don’t have a copy already, check out the Shop!