Posts in category "Nibbles"

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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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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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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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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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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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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Mince pies

Spending time on mince pies is always worth the effort! Impress your friends by using the snowflake shaped cutter for the cutout. I based this on Nigella’s recipe but added a few ingredients of my own. The addition of spices to the pastry adds some extra flavour.

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tangy sesame coated sausages

Served warm and sticky, these make a delicious Bonfire Night treat, or winter snack. The addition of ketchup gives the honey mustard glaze a little oomph.

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Brown sugar & cinammon cashews and pecans

These make a perfect bonfire treat, especially when served still warm.

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Crispy pork and prawn wantons served with chilli sauce

These make great snacks or starters, serve with sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce for dipping. These take a while to make, but it’s well worth the effort!

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