Category Archives: Appetizers and Starters

CRUNCHY SPICED CHICKPEAS

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This is a Mediterranean version of Japanese wasabi peas.  Perfect for serving with cocktails.   They are salty, spicy, lemony and loaded with fresh herbs.    My herb garden is lush with these aromatic herbs, a perfect time to make … Continue reading

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SAUSAGE ROLLS WITH HOT HONEY MUSTARD DIP

This is a fabulous combination of hot Italian sausage and shatteringly delicate puff pastry.  Each one bite portion is an explosion of wonderful favour and texture.    The honey mustard dip takes the old-fashioned sausage rolls to dazzling new heights. … Continue reading

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CREAMY CHEVRE DIP AND CAESAR DIP

While I’m swanning around having a beatific time  decorating the house for Christmas my alter-ego Mrs. Butterfingers is puttering about in the kitchen.     There is panetonne set to raise   .  Mince pies to roll out.  Short bread to bake.  … Continue reading

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ZEN AND ART OF PICKLED DILLY GREEN BEANS

Pickling is a state of mind.  Ask anyone who pickles.  There is something rather atavistic about preparing food to be stored away for the coming winter.  Not to mention a wonderful feeling of accomplishment as you tuck away jars of … Continue reading

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GORGEOUSLY RICH SILKY SMOOTH CHICKEN LIVER PATE

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There is nothing more divine than a perfectly executed pâté.   It is heaven on a plate.   You can make a lunch out of it.  Serve it before dinner.  I have even been known to spread this buttery rich … Continue reading

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CHEESE GOUGERES … the perfect make ahead appetizer.

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GOUGÈRES Working with pàte à choux is almost magical.   You combine milk, water, butter and flour, add eggs, and voilà, you have dough for sweet cream puffs or profiteroles.  Then you add cheese and it becomes gougères.  You could use Gruyère, … Continue reading

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SAVORY CHEESE AND CHIVE BREAD

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I started baking cakes when I was nine or ten years old.  I made quick breads.  They were the easiest.  No whipping egg whites.  No careful folding of flour. Baking utensils were basic. An egg-beater for whipping egg whites and … Continue reading

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HERBED PORK RILLETTES

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  Rillettes of Pork.   The name sound like something you would like to take on a picnic?   You know – one of those picnics where you spread heavy blankets and soft cushions over fragrant grass.   Throw a … Continue reading

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RILLETTES DE SARDINES … SARDINE PATE

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We all love appetizer recipes that go together quickly and have easily obtainable ingredients –  preferably already in your pantry.  Rillettes de Sardines (sardine pâté)  fills the bill to a T. I found this recipe in a cookbook by David … Continue reading

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HOT-SMOKED SALMON PATE

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There’s something magical about a working river.  It’s the romance of watching towering ocean going ships heading to exotic destinations.  The pure delight of the skill of a tug boat captain shepherding enormous log rafts down the river.  The small … Continue reading

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