Thursday, 11 July 2013

Idiot-proof pastry nibbles

I loathe buying readymade finger food for office parties (or any parties for that matter). It’s expensive for what it is, goodness knows what’s in it and let’s face it: homemade tastes better.

I have an idiot-proof recipe for emergency finger food. Puff pastry pinwheels. You can keep the ingredients in the freezer and store cupboard for months and it takes minutes to prepare.


1.       Frozen puff pastry (any brand will do)

2.       Grated cheese (I grate mine and store it in an old margarine tub in the freezer)

3.       A jar of pesto (it can be any type – I used basil this time but sundried tomato is also good)

4.       A jar of pine nuts



·         Turn on oven to 200°C

·         Open the roll of puff pastry

·         Spread the pesto over the pastry

·         Sprinkle the cheese and pine nuts over the pesto


·         Roll the pastry up tightly (roll it up the short length of the pastry)

·         Cut into 1 cm thick discs

·         Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper

·         Bake for 25 minutes

·         Et Voilá!


My dog wanted to help and was edging very close to the invisible line that she may not cross into my kitchen area.

I know my posts haven’t been very exciting but I have just started a new job and things are a little bit hectic at the moment.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Quick and easy garlic butter Calamari

Another quick and easy recipe:
Calamari Tubes
Garlic butter (you can make this with freshly pressed garlic and plain butter but I'm too lazy)
A dash of Olive Oil
A pinch of Paprika
1/4 lemon

  • Heat up the olive oil on a high heat
  • Wash and pat dry the tubes, cut them smaller if need be
  • Set a timer for two minutes (I use the timer function on my microwave)
  • Make sure you have everything to hand and start the timer:
  • Put the Calamari in the pan and after about 20 seconds add the butter
  • Sprinkle the paprika over the pan (keep stirring the whole time so the calamari doesn't catch)
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over it all and give a good stir
  • Remove from heat after two minutes and serve immediately

You can serve this with rice or chips. Saffron rice goes nicely with it. You can also jazz it up with parsley.

This looks impressive and is way cheaper than any restaurant - frozen calamari from the supermarket or fish market is actually quite cheap. The thing about Calamari is that you either cook it incredibly quickly or really really slowly. Otherwise it turns into rubber.

Thank you to Mrs Brown for the tip about the paprika!