Category Archives: Starters

French Bean Salad

This is a tasty salad that requires only blanching the beans and a toss in the dressing. It is perfect on its own or with chicken, fish or lamb. It is worth using good quality Dijon mustard. Use the thinnest, … Continue reading

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Beetroot salad with feta and pear

This is a crunchy, refreshing salad that is really easy.   It made a perfect starter to our Christmas dinner but would work anytime.  The recipe uses ripe pears but crunchy apples would be good as well.  Wear rubber gloves … Continue reading

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Peaches, burrata and Basil Oil

  This is not really a recipe but a delicious combination of fine ingredients.  Serve as a starter or a fruity-savoury end to a meal alongside olive oil crispbreads.    Use mozzarella if you prefer. Serves 4 2 x balls … Continue reading

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Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich, Canâpés or Salad

    An egg salad sandwich is one of the easiest sandwiches in the world to make, especially if you have some good bread and hard- boiled eggs already made. Add some Spring onions or chives for the green factor, a dash of salt … Continue reading

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Basil and Feta Cheese Spread

  This spread couldn’t be easier and it is delicious used so many ways- dip, canapés, garnish for soup, in a sandwich or baguette (a lot less messy than the cheese on its own or on pasta.  I found this recipe … Continue reading

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Crostini / bread crusts

You can buy ready-made crostini but it is so simple to make your own.  These can be made well ahead of time and stored until required.  They stay firm for hours so they are ideal for a drinks party.  You … Continue reading

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Sardine and Lime Pâté

  This Pâté takes so little time to prepare so makes it perfect as a starter,  a light lunch or supper,  a canapé topping or for taking on a picnic.  Perfect on a croustade /mini bread baskets – see my … Continue reading

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