Posts in category "Snacks"

Mini vanilla polenta doughnuts with chocolate sauce

Gluten-free treats with a good whack of vanilla flavouring and a delicious rich chocolate sauce to dip them in!

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Boulangere potatoes

A great alternative to roast potatoes for your big Christmas Day meal.

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Alternative mince pies with no icing sugar

Apples, caramelised toasted pecans, cranberries and cinnamon encased in an all-butter shortcrust pastry.

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California prune and halloumi satay skewers

Something a bit unusual on the party food ideas front. Delicious flavour meets contrasting texture!

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Blackberry jam on toast

Beautiful blackberries in season that I foraged on my parent’s farm

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Spongey cookies

How do you like your cookies? Plus my first batch of cookies in a trial which doesn’t go so well…

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Completed ice cream cookie sandwich

A soft, chewy almond cookie sandwiched with delicious vanilla ice cream swirled with tiny mint leaf pieces and dark chocolate chunks.

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Gingerbread house

Gingerbread is so easy to make and you can decorate them as a little or as much as you want. The sky’s the limit!

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Nanaimo Bars

Tasty Canadian snacks – they’re like a more sinful millionaire’s shortbread: chocolate biscuity base, custard middle and chocolate on top.

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Potato dogs cooked and put on sticks

Frankfurters coated in hash browns and deep fried – greasy goodness! Food on sticks, need I say more?

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Purple Potato Salad with mint and lemon

Potato salad, perfect for BBQ’s with fresh summery flavours

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Stroopwaffel - Dutch caramel cinnamon waffles

Dutch stroopwafels using the pizzelle makrer the fairy hobmother sent me. Leave your wish as a comment and he might make it come true!

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Chocolate Macaroons with cherry buttercream

Detailed instructions on how to make these lovely macarons, so it’ll be a doddle! A lovely teatime snack.

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Dumpling pastry using a pasta machine

You don’t need to buy dumpling wrappers, it’s really easy to make your own using a pasta machine

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Caramelised apple cinnamon fudge

Soft sweet fudge with little pieces of apple caramelised in brown sugar and cinnamon

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Forman and Field London Cure Smoked Salmon

Blinis aren’t hard to make so why do they only get served at posh parties? These ones are made with three types of creme fraiche.

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Toblerone and almond cookies

My version of Toblerone cookies. Wonderfully sinful and great dunked in a cuppa, you’ll be reluctant to share them with friends!

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Biscuiteers style cupcake biscuits

I have a go at making some beautiful biscuits from the new Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits

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Zesty lime and chilli crab balls served with chilli sauce

These crab balls made with seafood sticks make a great a cheap eat for a snack or starter. They are especially delicious when served with some spicy chilli sauce.

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Bang Bang chips

A few years ago my friend Kyo took me to a chinese takeaway in Fratton (the type I usualy despise with yellow and red signs) that served sesame chips. They must have been pretty good seeing as they’ve stuck in mind! I created my own “shoestring fries” version but oven baked them and added some chilli to spice things up a bit.

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chicken-and-cabbage-gyoza

I’ve been completely inspired this week to make my own gyoza dumplings after spending the weekend with my Can-asian friend Kim, who taught me how to put them together. She told me how her mum likes to make chicken dumplungs but it’s hard to find chicken mince over here. I decided I’d have a go at chopping up a couple of chicken breasts really finely, it seems the results paid off!

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wholemeal quail's egg scotch-eggs

My mum made these a few times when I was child – quail egg’s are the perfect size. I’ve been using locally sourced Debbie and Andrew’s Harrogate 97% pork sausages as my sausagemeat, it’s great quality and reasonably priced.

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stilton-bacon-and-red-onion-tartlets

We’ve packed away the decorations and laid the Christmas songs to rest for another year, but what’s left in your fridge? Admittedly, I didn’t have the stilton left in the fridge, it was on the clearance shelf at the supermarket and I do so love blue cheese!

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Sausage Rolls

Using onion salt instead of onion in the sausage meat stops the pastry going soggy. The expert who taught me the recipe for these sausage rolls (my very talented mother) showed me that adding a little water to the tray makes the puff pastry a little bit puffier. I find the supermarkets often sell low quality sausagemeat so I tend to buy their finest sausages, which have a higher meat content.

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