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    Savoury nibbles!
    • #1
    • 26th Feb 05, 8:23 PM
    Savoury nibbles! 26th Feb 05 at 8:23 PM
    A fave of mine!

    Grate approx 250g of parmesan, mix with 2 rosemary sticks(remove leaves and finely chop).

    Line baking sheet with paper and place teaspoons of mixture, allowing space for spreading, flatten a little with spoon. Bake for 8-10 mins at 180 til golden, allow to cool, then remove from baking paper. Always line baking sheet with paper so they don't stick!

    Can keep for 2 days in airtight container in fridge.

    Do you have any other easy-peasy snacks or nibbles?

    JT x
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  • Juicy_Tube
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    • 26th Feb 05, 9:04 PM
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    • 26th Feb 05, 9:04 PM
    Use small bread sticks. Brush end with a little olive oil, wrap a couple of basil leaves around it, wrap with parma ham. Make loads, they go down extremely well!!

    JT x
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    • hilstep2000
    • By hilstep2000 27th Feb 05, 5:52 PM
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    • 27th Feb 05, 5:52 PM
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    • 27th Feb 05, 5:52 PM
    Believe it or not, deep fried potato peelings! My kids luv em!
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    • tiff
    • By tiff 27th Feb 05, 10:13 PM
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    • 27th Feb 05, 10:13 PM
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    • 27th Feb 05, 10:13 PM
    This is a tip from when I went to Slimming World.

    Drain a can of chick peas and put them on a tray in the oven for a while. They taste just like nuts but without the calories
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    • elona
    • By elona 28th Feb 05, 8:02 AM
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    • 28th Feb 05, 8:02 AM
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    • 28th Feb 05, 8:02 AM
    I have a tip from Slimming World as well

    Get some sheets of lasagne and put in boiling water till soft - then drain - cut into squares or triangles- put on baking tray pre squirted with fry lite spray- put salt or pepper or curry powder etc on top- then bake in oven till golden.

    Taste like crisps and no sins on a green day . You feel as if you are being really wicked.
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  • MonkeyGirl
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    • 29th Nov 05, 9:43 PM
    Party snacks / nibbles
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    • 29th Nov 05, 9:43 PM
    Not sure if this has been posted before. But does anyone have any quick and easy recipes for this kinda thing? I have too many allergies so thought I would make my own stuff this year. Hear are a few recipes I have made which went down really well.

    Cheese Straws

    Metric Ingredients Imperial
    100g plain wholemeal flour 4oz
    pinch salt and pepper pinch
    1 egg 1
    50g butter 2oz
    2tbsp water 2tbsp
    50g grated cheese 2oz

    1. Add salt and pepper to flour and blend in butter and grated cheese with a fork to reach breadcrumb consistency.
    2. Separate egg and use yolk to bind dough with water as required.
    3. Roll out pastry and cut into straws. Brush with egg white and bake for 15 minutes on a greased baking tray in an oven preheated to 180C/350F/Gas Mk4.

    Onion Bhajis


    100g / 4oz Chick-Pea Flour or Gram Flour * I used normal flour*
    1/4 teasp Chilli Powder
    1/2 teasp Turmeric
    1/2 teasp Baking Powder
    1/2 teasp Ground Cumin *didn't have any*
    1 Large Onion, halved and thinly sliced
    1 Green Chilli, deseeded and finely chopped *didnt have any*
    25g / 1oz finely chopped Fresh Coriander
    Cold water to mix
    Vegetable oil for deep frying

    Sift the flour, chilli, turmeric, cumin, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped coriander, onions and chillis and mix well.
    Preheat the deep fat fryer to 180C / 350F.
    Gradually add enough water to the flour mixture to form a thick batter mixing very well so the onions are well coated.
    Very carefully drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil and fry until keep warm whilst you cook the remaining bhajis.
    Drain well on kitchen paper and serve very hot.
    Makes 10 -12


    1 tbsp. oil
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    6 oz. minced lamb * I used beef*
    1 potato, grated
    2 oz. peas
    1/4 tsp. turmeric
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    Oil for deep frying


    8 oz. plain flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    4 oz. butter
    4 1/2 tbsp. milk

    Heat oil in a frying pan. Saute garlic and lamb until browned. Stir in potato, peas, turmeric, and cook, stirring to prevent the mixture from sticking for about 5 minutes. Season and leave to cool.
    Make pastry. Sift flour and salt into a bowl, rub in butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Mix in milk to make tacky dough. Flour hands, break off pieces of dough, size of a walnut. Roll out on well-floured board to make thin circle.

    In center of each circle, place a good teaspoon of filling. Dampen edges, fold over to make triangular patty. Deep fry a few at a time until golden brown. Makes 25.

    Hope these are of some help to people.

  • chardonnay
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    • 29th Nov 05, 10:52 PM
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    • 29th Nov 05, 10:52 PM
    i had thought about starting a thread similar to this. the shops are full of party food which i'm sure could be done for much less at home. it would be great if someone with the knowhow could tell us how to make this stuff. pre oldstyle i would have just bought it, now i look at it and think bet you could make that much cheaper (if someone told me how) lol!

    sort of things i've seen them selling is mini sausage rolls, mini toad in the hole, mini pizzas, mini quiches, vol a vents, chicken kebabs, chicken pakora, chicken spring rolls etc
  • jcr16
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    • 30th Nov 05, 1:37 PM
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    • 30th Nov 05, 1:37 PM
    i make my own sausage rolls and they are devine. i buy puff pasty ( i just can't make it) and roll it out. then skin about 8 sausages and roll them to make then thinner, then wrap the pastry around them , just enough so the pasty meets up, brush on a battered egg , and sprinkle grated cheese on , then i put them in oven gas mark 6 i think for about 20 min. but just check them. as my oven sometimes takes 10 mins but on other occasions takes 20.

    sorry if i haven't written this very well. but i find describing how to do something very difficult. i wouldn't say making your own are cheaper but they certainly taste better.
    i find u need a proper sausage to do this , like butcher own or somthing. i buy a pack or 6 from safeways and i think they 1.99 . but they are just gorgeous.
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    • elona
    • By elona 30th Nov 05, 1:54 PM
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    • 30th Nov 05, 1:54 PM
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    • 30th Nov 05, 1:54 PM
    I make my own pizza but even buying a shop pizza and using cutters to make loads of mini pizzas should be cheaper.
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  • tootles
    Get some smoked salmon bits, Take them out of the wrapping and squeeze a lemon over, put in the fridge for 30 minutes to 'cook' in the lemon juice. Cut the crust off slices of bread, spread with butter, put the bits of salmon on the bread and roll up overwrap in foil and put into the fridge until just before you want to serve them, unwrap and slice through to make wheels........salmon pinwheels.

    Cook cocktail sausages in the oven, when they are cooked drizzle with honey and sprinkle with seseme seeds, then spear on cocktail sticks, if you cannot pake pizza get a couple of good quaility ones, square off when they are cooked and cut into pizza fingers, the kids will eat the bits........

    Mash up tuna with a tablespoon of mayo and spread on slices of toast then cut into triangles and cut the triangles into halves, mini tuna toasts.....
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 30th Nov 05, 2:19 PM
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    There loads of threads on pizzas including making them with scone bases instead of yeast and dough - so they're really simple.

    A search on pizza comes up with quite a lot of threads but the main ones are these:-

    Can I make pizza without yeast

    How do I make pizza?

    HM pasta sauces and pizza dough

    Hm pizzas

    Pizza question

    Quickest pizza ever!

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    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 30th Nov 05, 6:44 PM
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    mix a little cointreau (or any other liqueur) into mascapone and stuff fresh dates with it. Top with slices of apricot or a quarter of a walnut.
    • foreverskint
    • By foreverskint 30th Nov 05, 9:37 PM
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    here are a couple of things I do

    Thinly slice some fench bread slightly on the diagonal into lots of slices.
    Drizzle with some olive oil and cook at about 180oC until lightly toasted. whilst still hot rub with a cut side of a garlic clove.
    Top with chopped tomatoes, muixed with chopped onions and basil and a thin slice of mozzarella, topp with a basil leaf for garnish.
    Or top with some pesto and mozzarella and return to the oven briefly to heat and elt the mozzarella.

    toss some Partysize chipolata sausages in honey and wholegrain mustard to lightly coat and cook in the oven until cooked through, go retro and serve with cocktails sticks!
  • julybride
    a few other ideas
    Pitta bread toasted adn cut into fingers served with home made...
    Dahl, Hummous, dip etc

    My favourite dip Dip - cayene peper with natural yoghurt or red pesto if you aren't keen on spicy. (add creme fresche if you like it thick)

    or sour cream and add your own finely chopped spring onions or chives!!! so much cheaper than the shop bought ones.

    Also Dark german bread is fabulous topped with a little bit of smoked salmon pate cut into small square they make fabulous Canapes.
    Smoked salmon pate off cuts of smoked salmon (hot smoked salmon fillet if you prefer but more pricely) mixed with cream cheese and a little horse radish (lemon juice salt and pepper to taste).

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    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 3rd Dec 05, 8:12 AM
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    There are loads of ideas and recipes for special snacks on here...........
    • Katgoddess
    • By Katgoddess 8th Dec 05, 12:10 AM
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    Something cool I saw in the Morrisons "Best" booklet that was full of posh ready made party food.

    The cocktail sticks had the ends wrapped in tinfoil to make them look pretty.
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    • HopeElizzy
    • By HopeElizzy 2nd Mar 06, 4:19 PM
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    Bookclub nibbles and snacks
    Hi everyone

    I wonder if any of you can help? It is my turn to host a bookclub meeting I'm a member of on Saturday and wondered if anybody has any good ideas for eats. We usually just have drinks with nibbles and snacks - anything quick and easy is good but I'm willing to have a try at most things.

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  • MrsB
    Jamie Olivers Cheesey tortillas (Cant remember if that's their official name!!)

    In a large bowl mix grated cheese, finely diced spring onion, finely chopped pepper (any colour), finely chopped red chilli, and chopped corriander leaf. mix well. Take a tortilla, cover with some of mix, top with another tortilla and fry in a dry pan - turning to brown both tortillas. The cheese mix melts and glues the tortillas together. When done (when the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden) remove from pan and slice like pizza. keep going until all mix and tortillas used!

    Fab finger food, but best served warm if poss. Serve with sour cream and guacamole or on their own.
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  • Mrsbojangles
    vegetables and dips!
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