Pizza Crackers

For me this time of year always heralds the start of the festive season – between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year (not to mention a lot of family birthdays sprinkled around these dates) there’s a lot of entertaining taking place in the next 10 weeks, yep 10 weeks! Having a few delicious appetisers that can be … Continue reading

Kookoo Goosht – Persian Meat Frittata

Kookoo are a popular Persian meal or snack and are best described as a kind of Frittata. You can get a vast variety of different kookoo, one of the most popular being kookoo sabzi which is made with copious amounts of fresh herbs and eggs and is nearly always on the menu for Persian New Year … Continue reading

Lime & Red Curry Chicken Wings

These scrummy chicken wings are similar to Buffalo wings but with a South-East Asian twist. As with buffalo wings the cooked chicken wings, which are baked here instead of deep-fried, are coated in a butter sauce that is enriched with lime juice and Thai red curry paste. They’re sticky, spicy and very addictive. These wings … Continue reading

Marinated Eggplant

This is another winner of a recipe from Yottam Ottolenghi. If you have a fondness for eggplant you’re going to love this dish. I normally find eggplant that has been baked rather than fried a little on the dry side. It’s great that it’s healthier but it lacks the silky soft quality that eggplant has … Continue reading

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

When I first purchased my muffin tins I naively thought that I would use them to, well make muffins but as it turns out I’ve used them for everything but. I’ve whipped up mini quiches using won ton wrappers and cinnamon rolls using puff pastry and I’ve even used them for roasted potato stacks. So … Continue reading

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

These little sausage stuffed mushrooms make a great canapé to serve with drinks. The best thing about them, apart from being delicious, is that they can be prepared well in advance and baked just before serving. There are so many variations you can make with these. Sometimes I leave out the sausage and just make … Continue reading

Scallops Mornay – Creamy Scallop Gratin

Scallops Mornay or as the French call them Coquilles St Jacques is the sort of dish that just screams special occasion. It’s rich, decadent and totally delicious. I made this as an appetiser for our Good Friday dinner but it was so good that I’m just waiting for another occasion to make it again. Actually … Continue reading