• Prawn Cucumber Cups

    Day 11 : Prawn Cucumber Cups

    After chocolate, seafood (prawns or shrimps usually) has to be one of my favourite food groups 😛 The spicier the better, hence the hot paprika.  Hot paprika isn’t always easy to get in New Zealand – I’ve never seen it in any mainstream food store as yet.  The box I bought, I found whilst shopping in my local Mad Butcher store, but I think any Mexican food store should be able to help you out with this.  If you can’t find the hot paprika, but like the spicy taste, you could probably try a bit of sriracha sauce or even cayenne pepper.   Ingredients: Precooked prawn cutlets Oil for cooking…

  • Asparagus Toast Canapé

    Day 7 : Asparagus Toast

    This canapé was enjoyed by almost everyone that I tried it on. I guess its a twist on the asparagus rolls that were once a familiar sight at any get together in NZ 🙂 I learnt 2 things whilst coming up with this canapé – 1.  I don’t know how to cook asparagus &  2.  Whilst I’m not a big fan of asparagus (probably because I’ve always only had tinned asparagus), master 4 loved it!   Ingredients: Sliced Toast Bread Heinz Seriously Good Aioli Watties Tinned Asparagus   Method: Toast the bread.  I did mine in a standard pop-up toaster, but you could toast it on a baking tray in…

  • 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…

  • 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…