Snacks & Starters

Tasty tidbits that range from posh appetizers to homely snacks to feed the kids on a Friday night (especially the healthy sausage rolls!).

There is nothing better than a good nibble to get the appetite ready to party, enjoy!

Champagne cocktail & macadamia nuts

Posted on February 18, 2009

[Pomegranate & hibiscus champagne cocktail with spiced macadamia nuts]

Don’t groan! Yes, it’s another recipe using POM wonderful, I’m sorry. I’m addicted. Help!

The blogosphere is awash with recipes for pomegranate juice after a lot of us received free bottles of it. There’s been granita, tagine, cake, salad dressing and others. Do you think we can fit one more in? Oh OK then. (more…)

Chilli Jam Potato Spoons

Posted on January 28, 2009

[Chilli jam potato spoons]

I’ve been very naughty as I’m late to post my potato recipe for the Potato Ho Down I hosted this month. I’ve just been so busy planning for my business trip to London and then actually taking the 24 hour flight that I’ve let it slip by. Sorry Cathy!

I’m excited to share this recipe with you because it uses my very best friend’s best-ever-in-the-world chilli jam. Ju’eta and her talented chef husband Mario make the most wonderful condiments and in my opinion their chilli jam is to-die-for. (more…)

My favourite snack at the moment

Posted on November 21, 2008

[Pear, cheese and cracked black pepper snack]

I go through trends with the snacks that I have for morning or afternoon tea and this is my latest obsession. (more…)

Smoked salmon crepe ‘sushi’

Posted on September 28, 2008

The idea for these little rolls came to me in a daydream… well actually a ‘falling off to sleep’ dream.

I was trying to think of a dish to include in the Aussie BBQ Bonanza that combined two different countries when I remembered some smoked salmon crepes I’d made.

The original included chives in the centre but to make them even more ‘sushi-like’ I added a sheet of roasted seaweed this time.

It adds a unique umami flavour and chewy texture without overpowering the salmon. (more…)

Mini caprese salads

Posted on September 25, 2008

I feel a bit silly providing a recipe for these but they’re just so adorable that I had to share them. Don’t you agree?

I’d already decided on the tabbouli and potato salad for the BBQ when I remembered the gorgeous combination of Caprese salad.

My brain immediately started ticking over and this canape kind of popped right into my thoughts. I love it when that happens!

The best thing is that you get just the right amount of each flavour and there’s no fighting over the last basil leaf on the plate. (more…)

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