With festive season upon us many are making plans for their celebrations – here’s some kitchen favourites to inspire you along the way.
Look who doesn’t love a pancake hey? Savoury pancakes with a contrast in flavours – sour, salty, smooth, sometimes crunchy – they’re all good. Alternate using a zesty mashed avo, ricotta or creme fraiche with smoked salmon or trout on top and a good kick of herbs. Basic blini recipes are pretty easy to get your hands on (see sugar free recipe here) and can be made in the morning, stored out of the fridge for the day and just topped with your faves prior to guests popping in or you heading out.
- Smoked salmon blini with citrus spiked avo and dill and (below) Dill blini with fennel, horseradish spiked avo and micro cori
Bread is good in moderation and at a party things like bruschetta help people soak up the champers they’re sipping on. Consider this doing your guests a favour. Plus, a crunchy savoury piece of toast with something yum on top is kind of comfort food for most. This one below is a pea smashed bruschetta with zucchini and pecorino, but other great toppers for your bruschetta might include:
- old faithful – tomato basil and garlic
- olive tapenade
- pumpkin mint and feta
So good as it’s basically, fuss free, fresh, tasty, light – seafood ticks a lot of boxes right? Also particularly high in zinc are prawns and oysters which is fabulous for so many reasons – zinc is used in literally HUNDREDS of biochemical pathways within the human body but one you can remember for summer festive times is the benefit of zinc for healthy hair skin and nails – little nugget for you.
RICE PAPER ROLLS:
Can be tedious to start but once you’re on a roll are a win all around on events. They’re juicy and yum paired with a good peanut or nut dipping sauce. This can be made fairly easily with a natural peanut butter, lime juice, tamari and chilli. Just mix these together and try as you go. Rice paper rolls can go whichever way you please with ingredients but some interesting fillers to include might be:
- roast pumpkin
- sprouts – alfalfa, mung, snow pea
- raw zucchini
- red capsicum
- finely sliced carrot
- roast eggplant
- tempeh or seared tofu
- poached chicken
- seared steak
- prawns, smoked salmon or trout
- leftover ham after Christmas – such a great way to use it up!
- herbs – lots and lots of herbs, in particular coriander, mint, thai basil
You can try the Pea Kale & Soba Rice Paper Rolls here.
Great to have on hand at ANY TIME of the day, week, year! Seed snaps will be saviours – I mean it. Come festive time, snap them into smaller pieces and top with things like:
- pesto and smoked trout
- ricotta and tomato
- beef and horseradish creme
- goat cheese, zucchini and olives
MINI BESAN TARTS:
If you’ve a little more time up your sleeve these are 100% worth making. The recipe for the pastry is here. They’re 100% gluten free, flavoursome with that gorgeous nutty component chickpeas bring to the table, and another little one that can be baked the day before (store in airtight container) or on the morning. We put all sorts of things in them including:
- pumpkin feta spanish onion and basil
- tomato goat cheese and mint
- roast capsicum, caramelised onion
New kid on the block or maybe not, these always impress people visually and with flavour. They are definitely a little more complex in steps than others however, the result is, as you can see, pretty amazing.
Eggplant rolls (main featured image and below) are thinly sliced roasted eggplant with whichever fillings you may choose and chive soaked in water to tie them up. This one is with asian flavours on our asparagus and spring onion, with gomaiso around the edges of those below, but at other times goat cheese, asparagus and mint have gone down a treat. Really this one is up to you!
And finally, the daikon roll… which is STUNNING it’s all the right things rolled up into goodness at a party. These flavours – miso pumpkin with sesame and capsicum are out of this world, but again the world (or canape menu) really is your oyster. The key with these I feel are just beautiful vibrant colours that pop out at you as the daikon allows that to happen. (Recipe here)
Recipes and photos by Jacqueline Alwill.