• Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks

    Day 6: Cheese Straws

    To be honest, before doing this canapé, I’d never actually made cheese straws.  It was always something I had bought, but now that I have done these, there’s no way I’d buy them again.  The homemade version is so much better, IMHO! They’re great for party food, snacks & even lunchboxes.   Ingredients: Puff Pastry sheets (at least 2) Cheese (I used a combination of mozzarella & colby) Barkers of Geraldine Capsicum & Apricot Chutney   Method: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Place 1 sheet of puff pastry down on a flat surface Spread the Barkers Capsicum & Apricot Chutney evenly across the pastry On this, sprinkle a thin…

  • Caprese Stick Canape

    Day 5: Caprese Sticks

    A great, easy, no-cook, make ahead, summer canapé.   Ingredients: Bite size Tomatoes (I’ve used grape or cherry) Cheese (Caprese generally uses mozzarella or bocconcini, but I’ve used camembert because its more readily available, cheaper & most importantly, my kids eat it) Fresh basil leaves   Method: Cut the cheese you have chosen into cubes or pieces of similar size to your tomatoes Cut each tomato in half Thread the tomato, cheese & basil onto a food pick or skewer in the  following order: Basil, top half of tomato, cheese, bottom half of tomato Arrange on a platter   Enjoy! 🙂   Note: As with all my 12 days of…

  • English Muffin Chicken Pizza

    Day 4: English Muffin Chicken Pizza

    Do you know the muffin man, The muffin man, the muffin man, Do you know the muffin man, Who lives in Drury Lane?   The good ol’ english muffin.  So versatile it can be sweet or savoury.  It’s used as a base for one of the best brunch dishes (Eggs Benedict), can be eaten with lots of strawberry jam or great even with just butter YUMMY.  It is most used around here, as a quick easy pizza base – great when hubby forgets to take out the meat for dinner from the freezer Swear it wasn’t me 😛   Ingredients: English Muffins Watties Pizza Sauce Crushed Pineapple – canned Tegel…

  • Milk Shots & Cookies

    Day 3: Milk Shots & Cookies

    Yay, day 3 of the 12 days of Canapés series 🙂 This one is less of a recipe, and more of an idea for you. Great for kids parties as a sweet / dessert canapé (just using plastic shot glasses for peace of mind :P) .   I used: Full cream lactose-free milk Puhoi Valley Real Belgium Chocolate Milk Mini Hokey Pokey Chocolate Cookies   What I did: Gather enough shot glasses, which will balance a cookie on its rim. Pour milk in glass Place on serving tray or table, then place cookie on top of glass   Enjoy! 🙂   Note: As with all my 12 days of Canapés…

  • Mini Hot Dog Canapé

    Day 2: Mini Hot Dogs

      Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog Now we got ears, it’s time for cheers   Ok, so might have been watching kids telly shows when I thought up this one 😛 But really hot dogs are a favourite around here, and if you’re not into chicken sausages you can substitute in any other meat, cocktail sausages or even cut up pieces of frankfurters.   Ingredients: Plain Par baked Buffet rolls Turks Premium breakfast sausage (chicken) Condiments – tomato sauce, mustard etc   Method: Bake the buffet rolls according to the directions on the pack. Whilst waiting for the buffet rolls to bake, cook the sausages to your preference. When…

  • Easy Pinwheels - 12 Days of Canapés

    Day 1: Easy Pinwheel Recipe

    For me, it’s not a kids party unless pastry has made the table guest list 😛 Usually, it’s sausage rolls cos they’re loved by both kids & adults, but even then they can overstay their welcome. These pinwheels are so easy to make you could probably do it in your sleep! not advised though! 😛  There’s no pastry to make from scratch cos who with kids has time to do that? They’re even great as a quick lunchbox treat.   Ingredients: Puff Pastry sheets (I used New Way Flaky Puff Pastry sheets) – defrosted Mediterranean Dip – Chunky Sundried Tomato Cheese (I used a mix of Colby & Mozzarella) Hellers Shaved…