Snacks & Starters

Tasty tidbits that range from posh appetizers to homely snacks to feed the kids on a Friday night (especially the healthy sausage rolls!).

There is nothing better than a good nibble to get the appetite ready to party, enjoy!

Chia coconut pikelets {toddler food}

Posted on September 19, 2012

Pikelets are the perfect treat for chubby little toddler fingers. They are easy to hold, easy to chew and don’t make too much mess for mum (no crumbs!), so are great portable snacks for the pram or car.

If, like me, you have wasted far too many minutes of your life vacuuming up cracker crumbs from your car, then you’ll join me in praising these yummy little mess-free pikelets. Just don’t serve them with jam – unless you have a few spare hours to hang around in the laundry (and I’m guessing you don’t!). (more…)

Sesame Prawn Balls from Gok Cooks Chinese

Posted on September 13, 2012

When I opened up my mail and found this inside I immediately thought ‘Oh no! Not another celebrity cookbook from a celebrity that isn’t even famous for cooking!’.*

Pessimistic. I know.

But then a funny thing happened. As I flicked through, I found myself furiously bookmarking and becoming more and more excited to get cooking.

So then I had to eat my words.

*Gok is a fashion stylist and UK TV star. (more…)

Polenta and sweetcorn patties {kid-friendly}

Posted on September 3, 2012

These are a great way to add variety to your child’s diet (and yours too!).

Polenta is ground cornmeal and is a very tasty gluten free alternative to rice, pasta or noodles. It also has a nice sweet taste, which is further sweetened here with creamed corn – a favourite flavour of many children!

I have developed this recipe specifically with kids in mind, but these also work beautifully with ‘adult’ inclusions such as gorgonzola, marinated olives, fresh herbs or whatever your heart desires!

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Purple carrot fritters {vegetarian}

Posted on June 18, 2012

Did you know that purple is the original colour for carrots before the orange variety emerged in The Netherlands and became the new household favourite colour?

They taste just like orange carrots when raw, however when cooked, I think they taste a little like sweet potato (with carrot overtones). Carrots actually come in a rainbow of colours from orange to purple to white – I recommend seeking them out at your local farmers markets as the different colours taste slightly different and add an element of fun to the usual sandwich or salad.  (more…)

Gingery fish cakes

Posted on December 11, 2011

I cannot believe I haven’t made these before, they are so easy to whip up!

Fish cakes are my favourite appetizer to order at Thai restaurants. I like them so much that I made and ate this whole batch by myself while hubby was working late. In my defence, that was all I had for dinner. I just couldn’t help myself. (more…)

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