Recipes: Starters

Cake salé

Cake salé 0 Ratings

Category Starter Makes 8 Preparation 5 mins Cooking 15 mins
Whenever my French neighbours throw aperos (drinks and nibbles parties), there's sure to be little squares of cake salé. Sadly for me, it often ... Read recipe »

Brodo di sanguinello

Brodo di sanguinello 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 25 mins Cooking 25 mins
Bloody soup? Don't panic, it is vegetarian. You'll get the best, richest, deepest colour and flavour for this clear soup if you use blood oranges, ... Read recipe »

Vegetable ceviche

Vegetable ceviche 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 15 mins + marinating Cooking n/a
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Trini doubles

Trini doubles0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 8 Preparation 25 mins + proving Cooking 15 mins
FREEZE ME: You can freeze uncooked rolled dough circles, interleaved with baking paper. The channa dhal can also be frozen separately.
Instead of flou... Read recipe »

Miso ramen soup with shiitake and seaweed

Miso ramen soup with shiitake and seaweed0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 15 mins + soaking Cooking 5 mins
GO VEGAN: Buckwheat noodles should be vegan, but it is advisable always to check packaging for egg and milk ingredients, especially if you decide to use a ... Read recipe »

Fig, cucumber and feta crostini

Fig, cucumber and feta crostini0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Makes about 18 Preparation 20 mins Cooking 10 mins
GO VEGAN: Vegan cheese such as Sheese, Cheezly, Tofutti or No-Moo can be sliced in place of the feta. Read recipe »

Courgette, onion and herb fritters with goat’s cheese

Courgette, onion and herb fritters with goat’s cheese 0 Ratings

Category Starter Makes about 14 Preparation 10 mins Cooking 8 mins
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Pepper, sundried tomato and olive palmiers

Pepper, sundried tomato and olive palmiers 0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Makes about 28 Preparation 20 mins + chilling Cooking 25 mins
GO VEGAN: The pastry can simply be glazed with soya milk instead of egg.
FREEZE ME: These can be frozen just before cooking or after cooking. If freez... Read recipe »

Mock-a-leekie

Mock-a-leekie 0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 6 Preparation 10 mins Cooking 2hrs or all day
Cock-a-leekie is a traditional Scottish recipe probably based on a French one (the 'auld alliance' dates back to 1295), although there's no gar... Read recipe »

Pecan pâté

Pecan pâté 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 6 Preparation 10 mins + soaking Cooking 25 mins
This is a very simple pâté – it can also be spread very thinly on toast and eaten with cranberry relish. This quantity is ample to s... Read recipe »

Ruby pears

Ruby pears 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 6 Preparation 10 mins Cooking about 25 mins
I used home-bottled elderberries but you can use commercially available elderberry cordial, cooked frozen fruit (blackberries, currants or raspberries) or ... Read recipe »

Squash and pine nut filo tarts

Squash and pine nut filo tarts 0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 30 mins + cooling Cooking 45 mins
FREEZE ME: Allow to cool completely. Place in a rigid container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for 3 hours and reheat and serve. Read recipe »

Sundried tomato and pepper tapenade with goat’s cheese toasts

Sundried tomato and pepper tapenade with goat’s cheese toasts 0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 25 mins Cooking 15 mins
GO VEGAN: Spread vegan cream cheese on the toasts in place of goat's cheese, warmed very briefly under the grill or left cool.
FREEZE ME: Allow to... Read recipe »

Pickled Red Cabbage

Pickled Red Cabbage0 Ratings

Category Starter Serves 12 Preparation 30 mins + overnight infusing and salting Cooking n/a
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Mazzamurru

Mazzamurru0 Ratings

Suitable for vegans
Category Starter Serves 4 Preparation 6 mins Cooking 15 mins
GO VEGAN: Use a 'melting' vegan cheese for an optimum oven-baked texture.
FREEZE ME: Make two and freeze one, well-wrapped. Defrost and reheat... Read recipe »