Essential at parties, or instead of a starter at an informal gathering, or to serve with drinks... these recipes will soon win a place in your regular repertoire as they're easy and irresistible!
This is just about the easiest terrine in the world to make because you can buy the venison and the pork ready minced. The result is a lovely, rough country pâté and the sharpness of the cranberries is the perfect accompaniment.
These make delicious party snacks and go well with chutney recipes. They can be frozen before cooking and then glazed and cooked from frozen for about 30-35 minutes.
This recipe was kindly given to me by the Head Pastry Chef, Mark Mitson, at The Blakeney Hotel in Norfolk, where they are served in the bar with drinks, but only if you get there early enough, because they disappear in a flash.
Tortilla can be served warm with salad, cold for a picnic, or cut into cubes to serve as an appertiser
This is another cake that has a unique and different combination of punchy flavours – which makes it good for eating out-of-doors. Great for a picnic or afternoon tea in the garden.
This recipe would be perfect for serving something home-made with pre-dinner drinks, and you can ring the changes with the type of cheese you use.
This recipe is courtesy of Mark Mitson and is an absolute winner to serve with drinks at Christmas or any time. I've never been keen on fiddly canapes, and these are so simple and easy, and absolutely never fail to please.
I made these on TV with Dawn French for Comic Relief. After that, school children were making them all over the country to raise money – and they were very popular. We also like them without the chocolate topping.
The intense flavour of a reduction gravy will add an extra touch to your Sunday roast
This tart can also be made with Parmesan pastry, you can also add a tablespoon of finely chopped sage to the filling and arrange sage leaves on the top before it is sprinkled with cheese and baked
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