• Food Show Auckland Survival Tips - INSM

    Surviving The Food Show

    If you haven’t guessed from this blog already, I love food! Be it trying new stuff or experimenting in the kitchen, I love it all 😃  Thankfully, my kids have picked up on this and I don’t usually have many issues with them trying new things (eating on time is a different story tho O.o).  Of course, buying a whole jar of something to find out the whole family hates it, can get quite expensive so going to The Food Show Auckland is the best thing ever! So yesterday was the Preview Day for The Food Show Auckland, and leaving one monkey at school and the other with her Gran…

  • Apple Crumble

    Day 10 : Apple Crumble

    Apple crumble has to be one of my favourite desserts in winter.  Warm apple with a crunchy topping served with vanilla custard (or french vanilla ice cream! :P).  This is my canapé version – cold apple served with nice cold custard for a great summer dessert canapé.  The muesli adds in the crunch without toiling making actual crumble mix 🙂   Ingredients: Delish Pie Filling – Apple & Cinnamon Hubbards Amazing Muesli – Apple Crumble Vanilla Custard   Method: Choose how you will be serving the canapé – I’ve used curved disposable spoons, but you can use Chinese soup spoons or shot glasses etc Add the vanilla custard as the…

  • 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…

  • 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…