Category Starters

Ginger and lentil soup with kale

This soup is great if you’re stuffed up with a cold. It’s really healthy and full of things that will get your sinuses working again! Ingredients 250g dried split red lentils 1 large carrot 2 sticks of celery 1 onion 4 cloves of garlic 1 red chilli 75g fresh ginger 1 tin of chopped tomatoes […]

Dairy free mushroom pâté

I recently made this for some friends who came around to our house for pre-drinks and nibbles before heading out for New Year’s celebrations. Since most of our friends are meat-eaters, my husband also bought some cured Italian meat. Suffice to say, these little toasted mushroom pâté morsels were completely devoured before the meat got […]

Beetroot dip

This brightly coloured hummus-like dip will wow your guests. It is incredibly easy to make and very healthy. Ingredients 4 cooked beetroots 1 tsp of creamed horseradish ½ can of chickpeas 1 tbsp tahini paste Salt / pepper Juice of ½ a lemon ½ tsp cumin A sprinkling of sesame seeds (optional) Method Whizz all […]

Stilton arancini with a walnut crust

These arancini balls make fantastic starters. They are pretty rich so team them up with a fresh salad with a sharp dressing or dipped into a fiery tomato salsa. Key to cooking these is patience. The rice needs to be cold before you add the eggs and the arancini then need time to sit in […]

Really Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed vegetables are super easy to make. They used to be the main vegetarian option of choice at almost all dinner parties a few years ago and have since become a little unfashionable. They could be put in the same group as crêpe suzette and volovants. But, they are having a little revival and are […]

Curried Soup and Lager Bread

In the UK, curry and lager go together like two peas in a pod. This age old marriage is a perfect balance of naughty but nice. While this recipe for curried soup and lager bread is slightly off the grain, the flavours are still prominent and suit more of a lunchtime meal rather than the […]

Broccoli and Stilton Soup

This is a luxurious soup that is very rich. If you are serving it as a starter, do not fill the bowls too much as it is quite filling. I like to make it quite thick, but if you prefer your soup more watery, simply add more milk. With soups, it is nice to keep […]

Baba Ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is a middle eastern dip that is popular in the areas around Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. It is very similar to dip called mutabbal which is also from the same region. It is can be served as part of a mezze plate, or with some pita. Ingredients 1 very large aubergine […]

Pakora and Herby Hazelnut Dip

This is great for a starter or as nibbles for hungry guests. Since its made from gram flour, it is gluten free. Gram flour, which is made from ground chickpeas also has some great benefits for vegetarians as it has a higher proportion of protein that other flour. It has also been reported that gram […]

Courgette Rolls

These are really simple nibbles for a starter or as part of a larger antipasti dish. Ingredients 2 courgettes Handful of rocket 5 sundried tomatoes (cut into small chunks) Ricotta (1 tub – about 600g) Olive oil Salt/pepper Half a lemon Method Slice the courgette with a vegetable peeler and fry in a little bit […]