Cheese Meringues

Tonight I was looking for something to serve with drinks before dinner and I thought this fitted the bill nicely!

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I decided to just half the recipe as I didn’t want to make too many. Plus I didn’t have any egg whites left in the freezer! So I was using a whole egg and was worried about wasting the yolks! Can egg yolks freeze like egg whites? I had to go check that out and apparently you can! You have to add some salt or sugar to the yolk before freezing to stop the yolk thickening too apparently!!

Anyway these are prepped quickly..

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I did very carefully fold in the cheese and seasonings but despite that the egg white lost a lot of volume and the mix wasn’t looking like much anymore.

I carried on with the deep frying, and the minute a spoonful of the mix was added to the oil it started to puff up so I then thought this was going to work out ok.

After only a few seconds they were browning and reckon they were cooking for just over a minute in total. Although after the initial puffing up they had now completely deflated!

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So as you can see they are not the puffed up cheesy meringues I was hoping for! So how did they taste? Actually pretty good! They are crispy on the outside and what is left on the inside is chewy. The flavour is fab so it is a shame they look so bad!

Would I make these again? Yes but I’d try baking rather than frying

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Cream Cheese Boats

It was another family birthday so I wanted to make a canapé to have with some pre dinner drinks..

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So first off I was making more pastry, this time a cheese pastry. I used the recipe for that back on 2nd September last year when I made the cheese straws!

I made the pastry earlier in the day and left in the fridge for a while.

So I don’t have a boat shaped mould, or know where I would get such a thing! I opted to use a muffin tray and cut circles of pastry. I ended up make 12 small circles.

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I always seem to have disasters any time I cook pastry on its own like this. If I’m making a tart I usually use baking beans to stop the pastry rising. I’m assuming that pricking the pastry with the fork is to keep the bases from rising so have my finger crossed!

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After just over 10 minutes they are nice and golden and they have kind of risen all over and don’t really look like boats!!

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So the fork thing didn’t really stop them from rising!

I carried on with the cream cheese and opted to add chives. I attempted to pipe on the cheese but it really wasn’t much and I ran out afte piping into 5, so I had to kind of spread on the rest.

I couldn’t bring myself to buy processed cheese for the sails! So instead I bought a block of Edam and cut slices of that for the triangular sails!

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So how were these? They were great! The pastry is good, chive cream cheese is good and then I do like Edam so that bit is good too. Overall they were a lovely wee canapé!

Would I make these again? Yes, loved them

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Devils on Horseback

This was tonight’s starter/canapé. Although in the book it comes under a sub heading of after dinner savouries, I can’t imagine serving something like this after dinner..

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I opted to use the almonds, quite liked the idea of them inside the prunes. I don’t really think the prunes I had bought were quite right! I had regular dried prunes in the cupboard and assumed they were right, I thought a prune was a dried plum but I actually think you can get fresh prunes?? Anyway I was determined to make these today so carried on with dried prunes!!

I really liked the look and smell of the almonds after they had been fried an tossed in salt and cayenne pepper, I could quite happily eat them just like that..

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As my prunes weren’t very plump I opted to make enough for four each and stuffed 8 prunes with the almonds, I actually could also quite happily eat these just like this..

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Then they were wrapped in bacon..

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While they were grilling I got on with frying the bread, I just used a plain white loaf cut into small circles.

I forgot to get watercress so had to make do with spinach! I know they look really weird but I was actually really looking forward to these..

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These were quite delightful!! The salty bacon with the sweet prune is just great! Then you get the crunch from the almond with a little bit if heat from the cayenne. We both loved these and I think these would be perfect to serve with pre dinner drinks!

Would I make these again? Yes, loved them!

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Devilled Crab Canapes

So my blog has been neglected for the last few days while we enjoy a well deserved break in the sun, I’ve perhaps eaten and drank a little bit too much but hey that’s what holidays are for! Anyway am back to my blog and tonight it’s a family birthday to decided to make a canapé…

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I wanted to make a variety of fried bread shapes and I have a multitude of cutters but I asked my daughter for an opinion and we ended up with hearts and flowers. I basically just rolled out cheap white bread and fried in oil. Any leftover bits from cutting the shapes are either being blitzed into crumbs or if my daughter has her way will be getting fed to the ducks tomorrow!!

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So there’s not actually much cooking involved, just frying an onion and then mixing really! I decided to use Tabasco rather than worcestshire sauce. I used a whole can of crabmeat for this and did not get 2 dozen canapés, maybe I made them too big…

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So we were having this with some pink champagne and I really liked them! The crispy bread was good with the soft crab and I liked it when you got a hit of heat. I do think I’d put either more Tabasco or more mustard next time. I tried one with paprika and parsley and both were tasty. I had made these for my family and think opinions were divided! I loved them but a couple of the others didn’t like them quite so much!!

Would I make these again? Yes I would but more Tabasco and/or mustard

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Savoury Horns

I had bought some cream horn cases things recently (not too sure why as I’ve never needed them before but they were on offer and I can’t resist kitchen stuff!!) so chose to make these today..

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I’m going to admit to using shop bought pastry, I’m trying to clear out the freezer and had a packet to use up. I rolled it out as thin as I could and was fairly easy to roll onto the cream horn rings

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I had to make in batches of four because I only have 4 rings. I had a bit of a disaster with a few of them; they unravelled in the oven! I think I must not have used enough water on those ones!

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For the filling I just mixed cream cheese with chives and some garlic salt and piped it in.

We were having these with some pre-dinner drinks and they were rather nice. The pastry is good and the filling is a great combination. I do think the pastry would maybe be nice if it was a cheese pastry.

Would I make these again? Yes, great wee appetiser

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Eggs en Cocotte

This is in the appetisers and savouries chapter but comes under a sub heading of after dinner savouries. I can’t imagine serving this after dinner, I thought it sounded like a breakfast..

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I don’t have cocotte dishes, or know what they look like! So I had to assume a ramekin would work just the same. I was just making this for me so quartered everything.

Nice and easy to make, all the work is done by the oven really. I have to admit I did let my egg cook for slightly longer than 10 minutes as it still looked a bit to wet for my liking!

I had this hot straight from the oven just as it is, and I actually really enjoyed this! The egg was really set which pleased me, and then the bacon underneath was nicely cooked. Together they are a great combination and an alternative way to serve bacon and eggs for breakfast!

Would I make this again? Yes I would..

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Vegetable Juice

After over indulging slightly last night I thought I’d try a super healthy start to the day..

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I remember I made a tomato juice a few months ago, which is pretty similar to this, although considerably more tomatoes!

I quite liked the idea of the apple in this one, thought that would add a nice refreshing touch.

I thirded this so that I used one whole tomato, and I was just making for myself.

Once sieved there isn’t masses of juice, I did force it through the sieve as much as possible so all that was really left was the veg skin. It has different consistency to the tomato juice cocktail. Its clearer and lighter looking.

So how did it taste? It was actually quite pleasant. I’m glad it was just a small glass as I couldn’t manage loads. It’s hard to describe the flavour, I was worried that the onion would be rally strong but it’s not, you can taste the tomato and celery, but not really the apple. I think I may over grinded the pepper slightly as that’s quite strong!

The plan was I was going to be super healthy and just have this for breakfast, but 10 minutes later I felt the need for a bowl of cereal!

I think it’s a great way to start the day, packed with veg and could be your 5 a day in one glass. It really doesn’t look like much in this photo but I had taken a few gulps before I remembered to take a photo!

Would I make this again? Yes, I’d try with a bit more apple next time

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