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!
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 :
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!
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
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!