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Initial post: 13 Nov 2012 12:35:06 GMT
pixie says:
It will soon be upon us and I like to have a certain amount of homemade nibble to hand for guests.
I thought it would be good if we could share some quick, easy and tasty nibbles that we hav found a boon to entertaining over Christmas.
I'll start it off with mini sausages.

I roast cocktail sausages til nice and golden.
Drain the fat from the tin...there is usually a fair bit even though I buy good ones.
Give the sausages a shake and add a couple of good dollops of mango chutney...place back in the oven to glaze just a few mins..then sprinkle sesame seeds in the pan to sprinkle the sausages..back into the oven for a minute or so....then onto a plate and pop in a cocktail stick.
These always go down really well and everyone seems to like them.

Posted on 13 Nov 2012 14:23:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 14:24:22 GMT
wobberoo says:
I rather fancy suzy's earlobes would do me, for a nibble! ( only a gentle nibble, I wouldn't ACTUALLY eat them! ).

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2012 15:36:37 GMT
Scarlet Lady says:
Pix I do similar with honey mustard and sesame seeds

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 08:26:48 GMT
Charlie says:
OOOooo I love canapes. Chunks of chorizo sausage, fried and then splash of sherry cooked off at the end. smoked salmon with wasabi mayo on belini or crostini, quail eggs with celery salt, devils on horseback cant be beaten. Cut out little rounds of shop bought puff pastry, top with garlic mushrooms/spicy tom and chorizo salsa/brie and onion chutney and bake for 10mins (technically a vol au vent but I was a child of the 70's :))

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 08:38:31 GMT
pixie says:
Sounds addictive! I love it when there are unusual nibbles on the table at parties..something to get the taste buds going!
A friend makes amazing parmesan crisps with walnut rubble on the top!

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 09:58:51 GMT
Charlie says:
yes I've done the parmesan ones with chilli flakes. Have also done sweet canapes using chocolate, same idea but top with sour cherries, chilli flakes, dried fruit and nut. Use a selection of chocolates too, say white choc with macademia nuts and dark choc and chilli. Roll on christmas

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 10:18:31 GMT
Flippin ECM our Charlie, talk about imaginative......I suppose cheese on sticks is out of the question then........? Joking

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 10:20:44 GMT
pixie says:
Oi! I love cheese on sticks...when it's stuck into a orange half and made to look like a hedgehog! Remember that?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 11:48:06 GMT
With pineapple too, Pixie?.....don't forget the pineapple! And I like to push them into half a melon!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 12:09:12 GMT
pixie says:
I know! so naff but so now! Lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 12:29:49 GMT
Do you remember when you were small, Pixie? and the real highlight and talking point of any birthday party was how many different layers of jelly your Mum had made?.....How simple was life back then? and how innocent we all were?!.....I feel really sorry for today's generation sometimes?!!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 12:38:29 GMT
pixie says:
Oh gawd! Not meaning for anyone to get the violins out but we didn't have much when I was a kid...like a lot of folk..so we didn't have a phone, a fridge, colour Tv or holidays! I know! Don't cry! you'll set me off! Lol! So jelly in our house is a bit of a bone of contention...have you ever tried to set jelly in a mold in the bath!!!???? Lol.....I had what should have been a thing of beauty...a rabbit, maybe a fairy castle but instead it was just a heaving pile of goo! And still mum did it every year!Lol! Makes me roar with laughter when I think of it..and makes me love my dear old Ma for her optimism!!! That's where I get it from!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 13:04:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 13:05:03 GMT
SNAP Pixie!.....x
My Mum once made Birds Instant Trifle in my brother's beach bucket?.....but she forgot to wash it out first?
And you simply couldn't waste 'good' food? no matter how bad it was! - so, we all got a free dental sand-down!

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 13:45:31 GMT
Bearman says:
My mum used to make "Mushrooms in the grass" for birthday parties. It was a tray full of broken up lime jelly (the grass), into which was stuck sections of banana with a meringue balanced on top of each one to make the mushrooms. In my memory, it was more impressive than any of Heston's Fantastical Feasts.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 14:19:48 GMT
pixie says:
That is hilarious! Bless her for the inventiveness of it...bet you loved it!

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 14:31:49 GMT
Charlie says:
Bearman, my mum did 'mushrooms in a field' she never broke up the jelly tho

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 14:35:25 GMT
Charlie says:
and i'm going to do cheese and pineapple on sticks for Ellies birthday now. I'm feeling inspired. My mum used a potato covered in foil She also did cocktail sausages with silverskin onions!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 14:39:09 GMT
Oooh Bearman, what a hoot (now, at any rate, I'm sure at the time it was serious stuff.)
I grew up reading Rumer Godden's novel In This House of Brede, in which the Sloane-Rangerish family prepares "Mushrooms in grass" for the going away party...meringue shells on fondant stems in angelica grass on top of choc mousse...somehow that sounds pretty dire now!

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 14:53:51 GMT
Bearman says:
That sounds a lot more posh than my mum's budget version.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 20:45:12 GMT
See what I started, bring on the retro party....what else can we think of that was popular back in the day.....pigs in blankets, mum used to make jelly creams, using a can of whipped carnation milk instead of some of the water, she made up the jelly and then when it was half set would whisk in the carnation. Pinwheel sandwiches, I think that was another one.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 20:53:31 GMT
Melon baskets

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 20:56:42 GMT
pixie says:
Tiptop.. mum used to put that over tinned fruit! Told you we was posh!!!xxxx

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 01:33:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2012 01:37:18 GMT
Philadelphia or Potted Meat Pinwheels! and Strawberry Mousse made with Carnation Milk? - just like you said Diamond!.....x

There was usually a Hedgehog Cake made with lots of chocolate buttons for the spine needles! And the 'grass' around my brother's Steam Train Cake was always green-coloured Dessicated Coconut - which I still do today on some of my cakes! And all the carriages were Mini-Rolls, Jaffa Cakes for wheels, all decorated with Dolly Mixtures, Jelly Tots, Liquorice Allsorts, Cadburys Flake and Smarties.

And Fairy Cakes decorated with brightly coloured Hundreds & Thousands? (no Food Police to monitor the food colours back then!) - and always the tiny silver balls that would threaten to break your teeth when you went and crunched on one?!!......

Happy Days!!! ;o>

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 02:07:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2012 02:10:14 GMT
Snowy Rocky Road......cuts into 20 squares.

400g (14oz) white chocolate, chopped // 25g (1oz) mini marshmallows // 50g (2oz) desiccated coconut, plus extra to scatter // 50g (2oz) dried cranberries // 40g (1½oz) pistachios // 50g (2oz) ginger nut biscuits, roughly chopped // some silver balls, optional...!

Line rectangular tin - about 15cm x 20.5cm (6in x 8in) with clingfilm. Put chocolate into microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 1 min. Stir, then return to microwave for 10 sec bursts until melted and smooth - don't be tempted to give it longer blasts - white chocolate easily burns!

Stir in next five ingredients, then empty into prepared tin and level surface. Scatter over extra coconut and the silver balls, if using - then freeze for 15 mins until solid. Cut into squares and serve.

If you're not serving immediately, chill Rocky Road in fridge until set. Store in fridge wrapped in clingfilm, for up to one week.

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 08:42:40 GMT
Bearman says:
Potted shrimp - please can we have potted shrimp!
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