Recipes for starters or aperitifs or when you need a little something but not too much.


Camp Bestival Planning

Mojitos for tomorrow night and in an ideal world all we would need is three things: Tequila, salt and limes, we wouldn't need anything else to get us through the weekend as no food would be required or remembered. However, we have children so that's not going to happen *sighs wistfully*.

Mini potato and chorizo frittata

Mini frittata are just the right size for smaller hands and can be served warm or cold.

Tuscan Bean Soup with Pesto and Soda Bread

This is a fabulously healthy meal of a soup, great for cold days and a good way of using up vegetables in your veg box.

Mini Pork Pies

There is a fabulous butchery chain in North Yorkshire called Newboulds who make the best pork pies on the planet, especially their Midgets. These are mini pork pies and I loved these growing up in Redcar, I still buy some when I'm up visiting friends and family

Mulligatawny Soup

This Indian soup is a whole meal in itself, adjust the chili if you prefer a milder version. Delicious with naan or cumin scented scones.

Roast tomato, chicken and lentil soup

This soup was made up from leftovers in my fridge. A few sad looking tomatoes and red peppers, left over chicken from a Sunday roast and some lentils to add extra protein. It was delicious.

Greek Meze

On a warm summer's day these will remind you of holidays in the Med; Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Israel, wherever. They are delicious and lovely to make for snacks, lunch with a Greek salad and to share with friends.

Plum and almond canapés

This is an adapted version of my pesche alla Piedmontese recipe, you'll need ripe peaches, plums or nectarines as you won't be cooking them. Edible tulip petals are available from Greens of Devon.

Roast veg with cous cous and harissa canape

This is a lovely recipe to make at home as you can use some of it for lunch or as a superfood salad and serve the remainder as a canapé that evening.

Watermelon and Feta Canapes on Edible Tulips

Super dooper easy canapes that look spectactular served on edible tulip leaves from Greens of Devon.

Chicken Tikka Salad Canape

These taste delicious and there is a great cheat here too. You could make the tikka yourself or you could buy it ready made, up to you. The edible tulips are available from Greens of Devon.