I am always on the look-out for finger foods for parties and dinners. I love the idea of a meal that consists solely of appetizers. These would be great with a Thai themed meal, with spring rolls and tiny bowls of noodles and maybe some fish cakes.
Recipe: Sunshine Risotto
This risotto is perfect to serve on a dark, dismal day. The colours of the pepers and the crisp but mellow flavour of the roasted onion come together with the supple risotto so perfectly. For me, it is literally sunshine on a cloudy day.
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Recipe: Vegetarian Cold Noodle Salad
While this might be called “vegetarian” it certainly doesn’t have to be. It would also be great with warm or cold cooked chicken… or! MMmmmmm… with medium-rare, thinly sliced beef strips. Yum.
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Recipe: Grilled Lemon-Garlic Shrimp
This recipe is amazingly simple but also amazingly tasty. I love it as a side dish to lamb or beef because it sets off the heavy meat perfectly. It takes minutes to prepare but tastes like it takes a great deal more effort.
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Sweet Potato Chips with Wasabi Sour Cream
These chips are so simple to make and so delicious as a snack or pre-dinner bite. They would be good with just about any kind of dip; caramelized onion, articoke and cheese, yogurt and curry…I could go on…
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Recipe: Coconut Shrimp
I love foods that combine sweet flavours with savory dishes – I guess that is why I absolutely adore coconut shrimp. This is a simple recipe that you can prepare in advance and then deep fry when you are ready to eat the shrimp. Serve with a spicy asian sauce or a curry sauce on the side.
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Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Terrine/Torta/Pate
This appetizer always garners tons of complements whenever I serve it. I try to make a few small ones (in ramekins) every few months and keep them in the freezer for unexpected guests and dinner parties.
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Recipe: Chicken Wings
These wings should really be called “left” or “right” wings because they go perfectly with a good hockey game. Gather friends, beer and wings in one spot and allow to mingle – I promise the outcome will be delicious.
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Recipe: Sushi for Kids
Making sushi at home is way better than you’d think. It makes an excellent Sunday lunch and there are so many foodie lessons you can incorporate into the making and eating of sushi (lessons on flavour, texture, culture…etcetera.)
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Recipe: Cod-Potato Fritters
These crispy little beauties are easy to prepare and really delicious to munch on. So much better than just potato chips, more interesting than deep-fried fish and far superior to onion rings they make great appetizers, finger foods, side dishes… you name it!