Canapes
Canapés

I had a party for family yesterday for my Dad’s 70th Birthday.  There were 20, including kids, and the pressure was definately on to deliver due to my new found cheffiness.

I wanted to try out so many new recipes, but limited myself to a couple of canapés, and a selection of salads and meats so that everyone could help themselves buffet style.

Close up of pud
Close up of pud

These were a definate favourite, mini yorkshire puddings with homemade horseradish sauce, and thinly sliced fillet of beef.

Smoked Salmon Spirals and Mini Yorkshire puds
Smoked Salmon Spirals and Mini Yorkshire puds

The spirals were delicious and very handy as they were make ahead.

 

A Selection
A Selection

I had two salads made myself, all of my sister in laws contributed to salads and dessert, as did my mum, which makes the whole experience a lot easier, and of course the family were all great sous chefs.

Hard Boiled Quail Eggs with celery salt and EV olive oil
Hard Boiled Quail Eggs with celery salt and EV olive oil
Hazelnuts, roasted toasted and ready to go
Hazelnuts, roasted toasted and ready to go

Although I myself am not nutty about nuts, I made this delicious salad filled with crunchiness and goodness.

Pate de Campagne
Pate de Campagne

This starter is really good with almost everything, and although is quite labour intensive at the start, I was able to make it a couple of weeks ago and freeze it, and then cooked it on the day.

Bouquet Garni
Bouquet Garni

And of course by the time I got to dessert, I had put my phone down somewhere so no pictures of the ice cream meringue cake, or the honeycomb ice cream that went down a treat.

Speaking of pressure… exams next week so I’m heading off to study.

 

 

 

 

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