Greek spinach and feta bites

These little parcels are quick to put together, once you have mastered the folding up of the filo. Make a big batch and put some in the freezer. They freeze really well and cook from frozen, so next time unexpected friends call round for a glass of wine, you can be sure to impress. Ingredients - makes 18 100g baby spinach 12g chopped dill 20g chopped parsley 50g crumbled feta Grated rind one lemon 1/2 small onion chopped 3 tbsp pine nuts Salt and pepper Filo pastry Mild oil, such as groundnut or grapeseed Method Wilt spinach, squeeze out excess water and chop and allow to cool. Soften the onion in a little oil and cool. Mix together the cooled spinach, onion, feta, lemon rind, pine nuts, di

Garlic button mushrooms

Making this canapé might start off a bit messy, but after that it is quick and easy to put together and who doesn't like garlicky cheesy mushrooms, especially with a dash of truffle oil? If your supermarket doesn't stock truffle oil it is available on line from Truffle Hunter. Make more than you think you need, they are always popular. For a quick, make ahead starter, forget the outer breadcrumbs, pre-cook the mushrooms (use larger ones such as portobello) and scale up the quantities of creme fraiche, Parmesan and garlic. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the top. Don’t forget the truffle oil. Delicious. Ingredients - makes 12 12 baby button mushrooms 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbs plain flour 40 g

Strawberry daiquiri cones

If you like strawberry daiquiri, these little treats are sublime. If you don't, then make or buy another indulgent sorbet or ice cream. The mini cones (Pidy from Amazon) make this a real wow and if you buy the sorbet, there’s almost nothing to do. The cones can be supported in a pretty cup or in shot glasses. I used a test tube holder, which works quite well. (From Amazon again). This is also a delicious make ahead dessert. The full size version of this recipe was originally from 'Delicious' magazine. Ingredients for strawberry daiquiri - makes 1 litre (enough to fill loads of cones or dessert for 10) 400 gm strawberries 1 lime 120 gm caster sugar 4 tbsp Bacardi or white rum Equipment Blende

Pears with Blue Cheese

It is a great harvest this summer. We have plums and pears clinging precariously to the branches of the fruit trees waiting for the wind, squirrels or our incredibly greedy dog, Charlie, to strip the trees bare. So my thoughts on food have been about how best to use these delicious fruits before anything else finishes them off (other than simply pick them off the tree and munch them in situ). This canapé uses pears, although admittedly this quantity only requires one pear …… but it's a start. Ingredients - makes 12 I medium pear 50 gm blue cheese - stronger is better (Stilton is a vegetarian option) 100 gm caster sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla essence Filo pastry Groundnut oil or other mild flavo

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