• charcoal crackers with whipped feta

    Crackers with Whipped Feta and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

    The best part of these canapés is that, while everything is prepared in advance, most of the components are stored at room temperature. This means that you have one less thing to worry about storing in the fridge. Given that one of the most frustrating things when hosting a party is to find space in the refrigerator for everything, this makes for an easy and fun solution. Using disposable piping bags is a game-changer and it opens endless possibilities for amazing parties. Plus, you will have your friends fighting over who is going to help you, as, for some reason, the view of a filled piping bag wakes up their…

  • charcoal crackers

    (Seriously Good) Activated Charcoal Crackers

    These Activated Charcoal Crackers are seriously, seriously good. They may not be your usual mix-roll- and-bake crackers, as they require creating a poolish, which means preparing ahead of time.  If you have no idea what a poolish is, do not shy away from this recipe. It just requires some planning, and other than that, those crackers are made in a breeze. Poolish is what actually gives these crackers their seriously good flavour. Activated Charcoal had its moment as a hype product in 2016, so it is easy to find in specialty stores online. It should be in powder form and labeled as an edible product. It is supposed to have a…

  • Chicken hand pies

    Savoury Chicken Hand Pies recipe

    This Chicken Hand Pies recipe was originally posted on my favourite blog seven years ago. I first made them on my son’s birthday party when he turned one and they were consumed with such excitement that I knew it was a keeper. The pastry is made with butter, it is a perfect, flaky crust that melts in your mouth. The filling is pretty unusual as it contains no cheese or béchamel sauce along with the chicken; rather it consists of paprika, chorizo, olives and raisins, resulting in a savoury hand pie which bursts with flavour. These savoury hand pies are so much favoured in our house that we frequently make…

  • baked camembert serving suggestion

    Melted Camembert à la Different Beast recipe

    There is a brunch restaurant in Athens, Greece, called Different Beast,which might be the cosiest place in town. It is owned and run by Evita and Alex, a wonderful young couple, who, if one is to judge from the space they have created and the way they treat you, are two of the warmest people around. We frequently visit it with my girlfriends, especially on our Ladies’ Night out, every other Friday. The main reason, beyond the unique ambience and the elaborate cocktails, is this dish, in which we will indulge on cold winter nights. In a tiny pan, wrapped in parchment paper lies a wheel of Camembert cheese, melted to perfection…