Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Banoffee Biscuits and other tea party ideas

Last weekend I had my sister and her husband (and my baby nephew) round for lunch.  Usually we go to their house and the food is amazing. Seriously, I look forward to going there more than I do going to a restaurant. The only downside to this is that it meant the bar for Sunday was set painfully high.


We decided to do a platter based lunch with tons of food we could just shove on the table and allow everyone to help themselves. Here's some of the things we made :

Cheese and Tomato Sticks



I think I've mentioned before that I'm a sucker for cheese, so this recipe won't come as much of a surprise since it's basically just cheese on a stick with a few tomatoes thrown in.

I did two variations of this.

Version 1:  Tomatoes chopped in half with mini cubes of Boursin cheese:


Version 2: This involved (marginally) more work : I chopped the tomato into two parts, scooped out the inside of the bigger part (this was easier that it sounds. If I, the clumsiest person in the world, can manage this without chopping off a finger anybody can) and then filled it with mozarella and pesto.

So simple but they went down a treat!

Scotch Eggs



My boyfriend, I'm going to give him credit here because I basically had nothing to do with these, made Scotch Eggs from scratch. (He's much better in the kitchen than I am. He's tempted to start a cooking blog which I am strongly encouraging in the hopes that we can become some kind of blogging power couple.)

To make these :

1. Boil some eggs to your preference (however many you fancy depending on how many scotch eggs you want, we used four giving us the eight halves in the photo above) then put them in a bowl of cold water until they're cool enough to peel the shells off.
2. Mush up some sausages with salt, pepper and mixed herbs and then divide into balls (one for each egg.)
3. Roll the eggs in flour and then flatten a sausage ball completely around each egg.
4. Dip the whole thing in flour, beaten egg and then breadcrumbs (you'd have three separate bowls for each of these.)
5. Heat some oil in a saucepan and when it's warm put the eggs in it and cook until they're golden brown.

Joan's Broccoli Madness

When we lived in America we always went to this amazing salad buffet that I still have dreams about. One of  my favourite things that they served was "Joan's Broccoli Madness" (there was no context whatsoever given for the name) so we recreated it :



To make this just combine broccoli, red onion, cashew nuts, raisins bits of bacon (we cooked these beforehand), and a few spoonfuls of mayonnaise and sugar (I know the sugar part sounds weird, but it makes it so tasty!)


Deserts were equally easy. I think everyone's probably starting to notice a trend with my recipes by now, they're all really simple and they half of them seem to involve skewers at some point!

Banoffee Biscuits



I came up with this idea myself, mainly because I couldn't be bothered making a full on banoffee. I used digestive biscuits, topped them with caramel and sliced bananas, then smothered them in cream and grated chocolate.

I would strongly advise making these on the day. I made a batch the night before, naively thinking all I'd have to do in the morning would be add the cream. I checked them the next day and the bananas had gone all brown and horrible in the fridge, so I had to make them all again! I'd also advise adding the cream just before eating so it doesn't melt.

Chocolate Fruit Skewers


I'm a massive Dairy Milk fan, but I actually used Galaxy for these because it was on offer. I'm glad I did though because it was ridiculously tasty! I chopped up the strawberries and left the grapes whole, melted some chocolate (just in a bowl balanced on a pan of boiling hot water), dipped the fruit in the chocolate and put it on a plate in the fridge for a few hours. After the chocolate had set I skewered it all.

Hope everyone liked these ideas, they were all pretty quick to make, I managed to get it all done within about an hour and a half, leaving me plenty of time to frantically hoover the house before my family arrived!

Give me a shout with any of your own recipes in the comments or on my twitter!

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12 comments:

  1. Great post! I love the cheese and tomato stick idea! I would do it with tomato, feta and basil leaves.

    Sarah xx

    thingssarahloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Feta's a good shout! I love feta! (And all other cheese)
      Kirsty x

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  2. Omg banoffee biscuits <3 I need them right now haha =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha well they don't take long to make ;)
      Kirsty x

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  3. This all looks so yummy! Will definitely give the biscuits a go, do not think in brave enough to try making the scotch eggs knowing me they will be a disaster lol
    Kirsty x


    PrettyBugBlog.

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    1. Haha the scotch eggs are defo the trickiest that's why I left them to my boyfriend haha!
      Kirsty x

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  4. All of it looks yummy!! I might try the banoffee biscuits :P

    Elle | www.simplycaramelle.wordpress.com

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    1. Do it! And let me know how it goes :)

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  5. Everything looks so good. Considering making those fruit kebabs lol.
    xoxo dazzlemxo
    dazzlemxo.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! You should give them a go they were delish! x

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  6. These all look so good! I do love doing a buffet style lunch, then you know people can just pick at what they want, much less stress. The scotch eggs look so good, I love scotch eggs but never feel good enough to make them myself, really need to try! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. You should! They actually are easier than they look! :) x

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