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Posts from the ‘Starters and finger food’ Category

A Pallet of Pesto – (with Doris from Earth Mother)

Yesterday, six of us decided that a wonderful way to spend a spring Saturday afternoon would be to enroll in a course of Pesto making with Doris – from Earth Mother, at her beautiful Hansel and Gretel home in Assagay. Read more

Hot Caprese on Puff

Easy, quick and a crowd pleaser second to none! These delectable puffy clouds of my favorite flavors seem to hit the spot every time. Make them for posh ‘Sex in the city’ type cocktail parties, or for a tense Sharks vs Bulls rugby match. They go perfectly with French champagne or good old beer and cheap wine.  Read more

My all time best Pesto recipes.

Pesto is so easy to make, and can turn a boring bowl of pasta into a Michelin star meal.
The name is derived from the traditional device used to make pesto – the mortar and pestle (mortaio e pestello.) Read more

Peri-Peri Mussels with Butter Beans.

Origin:Here at last is the mussel dish I have been promising to post from our lunch last Sunday. The weather had turned horrible and the intention had been to braai them in their shells on an open fire, but Plan B was now in order. The heavens had opened, and a dish to warm the cockles of our hearts is exactly what was needed. This is a wonderful recipe to make on a cool day, and is great as a starter for everyone to share while sipping on a  glass of chilled white wine.  Read more

Prawn, Fennel and Ruby Grapefruit Salad.

Origin: This was the starter I found for our family Christmas menu last year, and everyone agreed it was one recipe that should be saved and used another time. It is a fresh, summery and zingy idea you should try for a lunch time pool-party or as a starter for any special occasion.  Read more