This time of the year it's hard to get friends over cause of all the work functions and christmas parties. You need to get in early. Dear Daughter want to hosts a Pool party for her friends and students, she runs adult dance classes. Have you heard of Zumba... latin cardio/fitness We looking at 50 guests max.(This my son and his partner's website, click on Zumba and it should take you there)
So yesterday I have been going through a few Good Food magazines, November 's has a Lovely Carrot cake on the cover, that's why I bought it in the first place. There are some great ideas for fingerfood in it too.
Here some ideas from the magazine.
Caramelized onion and artichoke Pizza ... homemade pizza base topped with tomato base you would normally use (tomato passata),
1/4 caramelized onion
280gr artichoke drained and quartered
sprinkle a little Blue cheese and some pine nuts
drizzle a tablespoon olive oil
Bake and garnish with a little fresh rocket
(Try Dear Daughter thin crust pizza base it very easy and quick under recipes)
Make 1 pizza
Tomato, bocconcini and herb Brushetta
Combine 3 chopped up tomatoes with 3 chopped up bocconcini balls
2 tablespoons each of chopped mint and basil add 2 tablespoons olive oil
mix in a large bowl. slice and toast 12 baguette slices and rub with garlic.
Top each with tomato mix just before serving
I would add a small red diced onion to the tomato mix.
Mini cheese and bacon frittatas
Whish together 4 eggs, 1/3 cup cream and 2 tablespoon plain flour.
Stir through 175gr chopped bacon, 1/3 cup chopped parsley and 1/3 cup grated
mozzarella. Spoon into a greased 12 hole mini muffin pan. Bake at 180C for 12 mins or until just set and golden. Remove and serve.
Lay 2 sheets of puff pastry on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Score a 1cm border around the edges of the pastry and drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil (each) Sprinkle parmesan and top with sliced thickly sliced tomato. Bake at 200C for 15 mins, or golden and puffed. Cut into squares to serve.
Now something you can prepare ahead
Chicken and celery finger sandwiches
Finely chopped up BBQ Chicken Breast combined with 1 cup whole egg mayonnaise
2 finely chopped celery stalks and 1/2 finely chopped red onion.
Spread over slices of whole grained bread.Remove crusts and cut into fingers.
Ginger and Honey Drumettes
Combine 1tsp grated ginger and 1/3 cup honey. Add 1kg chicken drummettes, turn and coat well.Bake in a 200C oven until golden and cooked through. Serve hot or cold.
Now with a little more thought into preparing the food done, we can get on with the rest. Hope you found something you could take with you for a plate.
Have you been asked to bring a plate to a function, well I wondered about that when we first arrive in OZ, don't these people have any plates. When we were invited for an BBQ or function we always took a good bottle of wine, salad and chips.
Did I ever tell you about my friend Gill and Graham, no I suppose not but I will oneday in my other blog. We got this arrangement the one coming over bring dessert and wine. Works well.