Category Nibbles

Beetroot carpaccio and goats cheese

This is a great starter for a dinner party. Don’t bother arranging it on individual starter plates, spread out the beetroot on a large serving plate and dot the cheeses on top. Be careful to use a plate which has a rim otherwise the beetroot juices will spill over the edge. If you have time, […]

Hilary Cacchio’s Chickpea, Black Olive & Piquillo Pepper Hummus

This recipe is from the the Braxted Park Cookery School. They have just launched a Vegetarian Cookery Class – so get signed up! This recipe is for a lovely colourful dip with a satisfying salty and savoury balance. The hummus is best accompanied with a spicy onion stuffed Moroccan flatbread and a salad. Use an […]

Spiced cornbread

Really easy to make and great for sharing. While it goes really well with soups and stews, it is also great for taking on picnics as it will transfer well wrapped in a kitchen cloth. Ingredients 40g butter 3 shallots, finely chopped 2 chillies, thinly sliced 200g coarse cornmeal (polenta) 200g plain flour 2 tsp […]

Slow roasted tomato tart with watercress pesto

Tarts are great for picnics as all you need is a knife for cutting and your hands for eating. The polenta gives is a slightly ‘gritty’ texture which I think works well for a summer tart. Ingredients For the pastry base: 170g plain flour (plus a bit to dust) 50g polenta 20g finely grated vegetarian […]

Olive, rosemary and goats cheese muffins

Savoury muffins are a great alternative to sandwiches for picnics as they transport a lot better, don’t get soggy and don’t have a tendency to spill everywhere. Ingredients 2tsp of baking powder 250g of plain flour 50g of cheddar, grated 3 free-range eggs 40mls milk 50ml olive oil 2tbsp fresh rosemary 100g good pitted olives […]

Carrot fritters with cumin yoghurt

These are really easy and quick to make. This recipe uses age old bed friends with cumin, carrots, yoghurt and coriander. Ingredients For the fritters 8 large carrots Handful of fresh coriander 1 hot red chilli 2tbsp gram flour 2 eggs (beaten) Salt and pepper For the yoghurt 100ml Greek yoghurt 2tsp cumin Small handful […]

Garlic and herb stuffed and skewered mushrooms

Mushrooms take really well to marinade. You can also add loads of flavour by stuffing the mushrooms by removing the stalk and filling with whatever you fancy. By pressing the mushrooms next to each other on skewers, the filling stays in place. These garlic and mixed herb mushrooms pack a punch. Ingredients (serves two) 250g […]

Goats cheese coquettes with truffled honey

These coquettes and honey make a fantastic starter or swanky canapés for a party. It does feel like quite a fancy plate of nibbles, but the goats cheese, honey and truffle flavours really complement each other and are incredibly moreish. Some truffle companies sell truffled honey, but you can easily make it yourself by combing […]

Berenjenas con miel

There are a few different recipes for berenjenas con miel or aubergines with honey, all of which are pretty good. Some recipes deep fry the aubergines in batter, however, I think the stripped down simple version is best. I first ate this tapas dish in Barcelona and promised myself I would learn how to make […]

Beetballs

I think these gluten free vegan beetballs are wonderful dipped in horseradish. If that sounds a bit odd or if you fancy something a bit more substantial, you could just have them instead of meatballs with gluten free pasta and a rich tomato sauce. Ingredients (serves two) 3 cooked beetroots 1 carrot 1 red onion […]