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!

That’s the way the ‘cauli’ crumbles

Posted on July 26, 2008

[Polenta crumbed cauliflower with parsley dressing]

I’ve been wanting to try crumbing cauliflower with polenta for a long time. If you don’t like cauliflower, I think this dish may change your mind. (more…)

Yes, double-dipping is allowed

Posted on June 20, 2008

[Organic beetroot dip]

I’m on a bit of a beetroot crusade this week… please bear with me!

As promised, here’s my second dish with the delectable organic beetroot I received in my weekly box. It’s super simple and fantastic served with raw or lightly blanched vegetables as a healthy snack or starter.

I’ve also used it to accompany a nice piece of grilled salmon or dolloped with abandon on a potato salad – the contrast of colours is amazing! (more…)

A three course homecoming feast

Posted on May 17, 2008

[Pear wrapped in proscuitto with warm balsamic dressing]

On our first night back in Lennox Head The Bear’s parents cooked us a delicious three course dinner. This was the menu:

To start: Pear wrapped in proscuitto with warm balsamic dressing
The main event: Osso Bucco with sweet potato mash and steamed bok choy
Sweet endings: Strawberry, mascarpone and shortbread ‘sandwiches’

The Bear’s Dad (Papa Bear?) was in charge of the starter and dessert, and it just so happens that the best shot of the evening was of the delicious pear wrapped with proscuitto. (more…)

Small on size, but big on taste

Posted on May 9, 2008

[Roasted baby eggplants with mustard vinaigrette]

[Raw baby eggplants]

UPDATE 01/06/08: This canape has been entered into the Monthly Mingle competition! Which was started by Meeta from the blog What’s for lunch honey? (I love that name!). This month it’s being hosted by Mansi from the blog Fun With Food, so hop on over there and check out all the entries.

I saw these at the vegetable market and I couldn’t resist. I’m a big fan of miniature vegies and especially love the vibrant purple colour of these baby eggplants. It’s such a shame that the colour doesn’t keep when you roast them. Maybe next time I’ll try steaming them to preserve it. (more…)

It’s good to relax sometimes…

Posted on April 21, 2008

[Parma ham and Manchego parcels]

When I have friends over for lunch I like to keep it quite relaxed so that I can get time to drink some bubbly and enjoy myself. The reality though, is that mostly I can’t help myself and want to plate everything up perfectly and serve it fine-dining style.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a perfectionist, sometimes it’s a curse to have such high expectations of yourself, but mostly it’s a good thing. I think. Anyway, when I am wanting to appear relaxed I like to serve a starter that’s interactive, where guests can just help themselves at their leisure. This, cunningly, allows me to prepare more complex dishes in the kitchen while they’re busy stuffing their faces… (more…)

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