Nutty chicken bites

These yummy little morsels of chicken and nuts are always very popular with just about everyone, so definitely make more than you think you will need. They are quite easy to put together and can be frozen, so a great canapé to get ahead with. Other nuts, such as pine nuts or pistachios work just as well as peanuts, so take your pick. (Makes 25 approx. Can be fried the day before and finished in the oven for 8 minutes or browned and then frozen) Ingredients 50g soft brown sugar 50mls soy sauce 150g skinless chaicken fillet 60g toasted and chopped peanuts (dry fry the nuts and then chop by hand or pulse in a processor) 40g breadcrumbs 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped 25g peeled an

Potato Stars

No time left? Nothing in the fridge and you need a canapé or two? These little potato stars (or circles) are a doddle to make and look pretty as well. Only two main ingredients, potatoes and mayonnaise and you are sorted. Ingredients King Edward or Maris Piper potatoes or small new potatoes. Olive oil Salt and pepper Mayonnaise, plain such as Hellmans, aioli or truffle flavoured (Truffle Hunter UK is delicious) Cocktail sticks Herbs for garnish, I used chives with pink peppercorns for a Christmas look Small star cutter (optional - from Amazon) Canapé spoons (optional) Method Pre heat oven to 200°c Peel the potatoes, slice thickly and cut out shapes or stars (or simply slice if using new

Honeycomb and Passion Fruit and Honeycomb Ice Cream

This recipe gives 3 different scrummy treats. Honeycomb is undeniably a real baddie, especially if you choose to dip it in chocolate, but it tastes so wonderfully sweet and sticky and naughty and it is Christmas. It is quick and very easy to make and when you add the bicarbonate of soda to the melted sugar and golden syrup it’s nothing less than magic. Give it a try - any children around just love to see the bubbling molten honeycomb appear. It's really hot though, so keep them well away. The passion fruit and honeycomb ice cream is pretty delicious too and, once the honeycomb is made, it’s quick to put together and doesn’t need an ice cream maker. Everyone loves it, so no excuse not to

Crab cakes

There are many recipes for crab cakes, but this recipe for the freezer is particularly good for entertaining as it is cooked in the oven, so no frying smells coming out of the kitchen. This is a real bonus when you have Christmas guests and just want the smell of cinnamon, orange and pine and maybe mulled wine wafting around. Make these any size you wish for a brilliant canapé, starter or main. Ingredients - makes approximately 16 canapé-sized or serves 2/3 as a starter or lunch with a salad. For the crab cakes: I00g white crab meat Half small red chilli, finely chopped 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp Thai fish sauce 2 tsp finely chopped ginger 2 tbs finely chopped coriander Zest of half a lime

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