Category Archives: Starters

Green bean, tomato, spinach and feta pasta

I found this recipe for pasta with green beans, tomato, spinach and feta in deliciousmagizine.co.uk. It is fresh, light and easy and ready in under 30 minutes making it a perfect midweek supper. Ingredients 25g pine nuts 100g fine green … Continue reading

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Aubergine, tomato and chickpea traybake

This super-easy, quick traybake that can be made ahead as it both freezes and reheats well. It is good hot or cold. This dish is a bit fiddly with having to do something every 15 minutes or so but if … Continue reading

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Roast peppers with anchovies and tomatoes

This is delicious as a light lunch or as a side dish. It is so, so simple and goes its everything – baked fish, roast lamb, griddled chicken, other vegetable dishes and takes only 10 minutes to prepare. This recipe … Continue reading

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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 42 x balls burrata, drained … 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 and pepper … Continue reading

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Basil and Feta Cheese Spread

This spread couldn’t be easier and it is delicious used in 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 … 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 recipe. … Continue reading

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