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Christmas Canapés


The first instalment of Christmas with the Gourmands is all about Canapés.  Canapés in the Gourmand household are usually eaten with drinks or before a festive meal is served.  I don’t usually bother with making my own pastry as I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions and I’m definitely not going to start doing so during the festive period when there is so many other things to be doing like eating.

Canapés come in all shapes, sizes and flavours but the one’s I am going to be sharing with you today are vol-au-vents, you don’t have to cook these in pastry cases you could be inventive and serve them in a baby gem lettuce leaf, on a tortilla chip or even on a mini pancake.


Canape meun

You can click on the video below to see how these Canapés were made or if vlogs are not your thing the recipes are below.


Avocado Prawn

You will need:

Crème Fraiche

Place the prawns in a bowl, add 1/2 an avocado a dollop of crème fraiche and a squirt of lemon juice and mash with a fork until combined.  Garnish with lemon.  I have purposely not included measurements as this is really a taste recipe, some people prefer more of an avocado taste others want to taste the prawns so I’ll leave it up to you.

Spiced Egg

You will need:

Hard boiled egg
Curry Powder
Mango Chutney

Mash the egg in a bowl with the mayonnaise and a sprinkle of curry powder.  I have purposely not included measurements as this is really a taste recipe, some people prefer more of an egg taste others want to taste the curry so I’ll leave it up to you. Garnish with a generous dollop of mango chutney.

garlic mushroom

You will need:

Wild Mushrooms

Chop the mushrooms and garlic roughly. Melt the butter in a pan and add the mushrooms and garlic, once the garlic has coloured slightly add the marscapone and stir through.  I have purposely not included measurements as this is really a taste recipe, some people prefer more of a mushroom taste others want to taste the garlic so I’ll leave it up to you.  The mushrooms do shrink a lot during cooking so keep this in mind.

Blue cheese and broccoli

This recipe is courtesy of Mini Gourmand, I have a terrible allergy to blue cheese and can’t even touch the stuff without coming out in a rash but she assures me this is a match made in heaven.

You will need:

Blue Cheese
Vegetable Stock

Parboil the broccoli, this really does have to be quite soft to work which we realised too late! add to a pan with some blue cheese and a bit of vegetable stock to form a sauce. I have purposely not included measurements as this is really a taste recipe, some people prefer more of a broccoli taste others want to taste the cheese so I’ll leave it up to you.  The picture above shows our first attempt at this recipe, although tasty we wanted to try it again with softer broccoli which worked much better but we had run out of pastry cases so couldn’t take any further pictures.

I hope you are enjoying vlogmas with the Gourmands, please check back tomorrow for more tasty festive dishes.

Note: I am aware that one of my pictures have the incorrect spelling of Broccoli (not my mistake but I didn’t have time to change it for this post)

*Vol-au-vent cases shown in photographs were provided by Pidy, a full review post will follow*

Gourmet Garden Blog Cook Off

I recently received a Gourmet Garden product pack so I could enter the Blog Off / Cook Off competition which challenges the blogging community to show off their culinary skills and create fabulous dishes with Gourmet Garden. Even the most mundane every day recipe can be livened up with herbs and spices. If my dish is good enough I might make it through to the London cook off final in early 2013 for a chance to win a trip to Australia and £3,000 fee to become a 12-month ambassador for Gourmet Garden.

Rather than just cook one dish I decided to cook a 3 course meal for my family and let them decide which recipe used the herbs and spices the best and this would be my competition entry.

My first dish was Thai Prawn Salad, this dish used the Thai spices and Coriander provided. (Keep a look out for this recipe appearing on my blog)

Thai Prawn Salad

My second dish and entry to the competition is a Chilli Chicken Pizza, this dish used the Chilli, Garlic and Basil provided.

Chilli chicken Pizza


I used 3 Teaspoons of the Gourmet Garden Chilli to marinade my Chicken

Chilli Chicken

The Chicken was marinated for 6 hours before use so it could soak in the flavour and heat from the Chilli.


Two teaspoons of Garlic and One teaspoon of Basil was added to 200g of Tinned Tomato to make the pizza base sauce

Pizza Sauce

Pizza Dough

Ingredients to Make my Pizza Dough:

175g Plain Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon dried yeast

1/2 teaspoon caster sugar

1 tablespoon Olive Oil


Preheat oven to 220°C and preheat baking sheet.

Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl and make a well in the centre of the mixture, add the olive oil and pour in 120 ml of warm water. Mix to a dough using a wooden spoon and finish off by using your hands. Transfer the dough to a flat work surface.

Knead the dough for 3 minutes and until it is springy and elastic. Transfer the dough to a clean bowl and cover it with a damp tea towel. Leave the dough until it looks as though it has doubled in size.

Place the dough on to a work surface that has been sprinkled generously with flour to prevent it from sticking. Knock all the air out of the dough and knead it for a couple of seconds to begin shaping it into a ball. Dust your rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out to a shape that fits your baking tray.

Using a thick oven glove, very carefully lift the baking sheet out of the oven and oil with a pastry brush. Lift the pizza base on to the baking sheet and cover with your topping

Bake the pizza on a high shelf for 10-12 minutes.

I used a light covering of my Tomato sauce, Chilli Chicken, Red Peppers, Mushrooms and Mozzarella Cheese and finished off with a sprinkle of Oregano.

My final dish which came in close second to the Pizza was a Sticky Toffee Pudding cake, this dish used the ginger provided.  (Keep a look out for this recipe appearing on my blog)

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Simple Supper

Some days call for a simple supper with fresh flavours to cleanse the soul (well not really!)

After a week of chocolate, cakes and fried foods a simple salad of noodles, baby leaves, radish, onion, mint, coriander and prawns cooked in soy and chilli really does make everything better.