Let’s celebrate Woman’s Day in style. Cocktails and canapés – there’s no better way.
I’m reminded of the movie ‘Cocktail’, staring Tom Cruise as a dishy barman and his ultimate dream bar called ‘Cocktails and Dreams’. A place many would like to visit.
Cocktails can be tried and tested, spicy and alcoholic (bloody Mary) or innovative refreshing and non alcoholic (ginger ale lemon shooter). Each is equally as good, depending on your preference and your mood.
Uncomplicated trouble–free rolls add flavour, texture and colour to any canapé platter. When making smoked salmon rolls ensure the quality is the best your money can afford. With vegetarians no longer a minority group scrumptious cucumber rolls are a delicious and refreshing alternative to meat and fish. Hartford House, the restaurant at which I am head chef, is on Summerhill Stud, so ‘devils on horseback’ (prunes stuffed with Camembert, wrapped in bacon) are appropriate to present in a new-age way.
Often people are apprehensive about using phyllo pastry (very thin, light and delicate) and spring roll pastry (light and pliable) as they are considered unfamiliar. Both are sold in a simple ready-to-cook pack. Asian spring rolls are fresh, crispy, colourful, and delicate in flavour.
Spicy potato and Camembert samoosas have a kick and the creaminess of the Camembert balances and marries all the flavours.
Phyllo tulips can be filled with a variety of ingredients; I have chosen baba ghanoush (a popular Levantine dish of brinjals cooked on an open flame and mashed) and strips of salami to enhance the smokiness of the baba ghanoush.
I have no doubt these ideas will put the wow factor into your evening. Cheers, sante and ching ching to all the woman out there. Let the parties - cocktails and canapés - begin…
Take these recipes and try them.
SPICY POTATO AND CAMEMBERT SAMOOSAS
BABA GHANOUSH PHYLLO TULIP
FROZEN LEMON SEGMENTS WITH GINGER ALE, LEMON ZEST AND FRESHLY SLICED MINT
SMOKED SALMON ROLL
VEGETABLE CUCUMBER ROLL
NEW-AGE DEVILS ON HORSEBACK