A little Taste Explosion for your next Party

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In my kitchen I have 2 horse power standing! What? Yes, it’s true. (careful, this might be little surreptitious advertising) And the 2 horse power have a name: Vitamix!
I bought me this High speed Blender about 8 months ago and I have no! idea how I lived without it.
Not just that I make all my Smoothies ( and yes, I drink A LOT of Smoothies), Sauces or fine Soups in it. It’s also great for my next Recipe (not that you really need a Vitamix to make it….but if you have one, you know what I’m talking about Hashtag Vitamixlove)
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I’m in Mango heaven with this Dip and could eat it all the time. If your mixer doesn’t chop the Lemongrass fine enough or you don’t have fresh Chili etc, you can also use some Red Thai Curry Paste instead of Chili, Lemongrass, Garlic, Onion and Cumin (Vegan Info: normal Curry Paste contains Fish Sauce)
This Dip is fresh and extremely flavorful and brings me some Summer into this crazy first day of April (we had some snow this morning, then rain at lunch and now for dinner time beautiful sunshine. Make up your mind!)
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Find this Recipe Here or go to “Apéro”
Enjoy, Emily

In the Mood for some Party Food

So in addition to my last post and Recipe The Flower Party Breads with delicious Fillings I also wanted to give you the idea of making similar fillings and fill them into puff pastry.
All you need to do is you butter a muffin form, cut scares from the dough and lay it out in the muffin form. Add the filling and fold the pastry endings into the center. Bake them for about 20 minutes by 200C/400F.
It’s a fast made Finger Food and you can prepare the Fillings in the Morning or even the night before.
You can play with different fillings. Here some ideas:
Spinach, Bacon, Potato: Cook the Spinach (I used frozen one), cook the Bacon bits and boil tiny pieces of potatoes. Mix it all together with Gruyere Cheese, Salt and Pepper, then add some cream and an egg.
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Pumpkin, Bacon, Cheese: Grate the Pumpkin, add the cooked Bacon bits, Gruyere Cheese, some Cream and an Egg, spice to taste. (Of course this one works also with Potato or Sweet Potato instead of the Pumpkin)
Salmon Cream: Mix Cantadou Horseradish (or use Cream Cheese and add some fresh Horseradish), some Cream, Parmesan, an Egg, fresh chopped Dill and Salmon pieces, Salt and Pepper.
Eggplant-Goat Cheese-Walnut: I used a Goat Cheese with Brie-conistency. Of course Camembert or Brie work the same. Put 2-3 Soft Cheeses in a Food Processor, with about 15 Wallnuts and some Cream, Parmesan, Salt and Pepper. Cut the Eggplants (about 2) in small pieces and cook them in some Olive Oil until golden brown, lightly salt them. Mix it all together and add an Egg. (Makes about 24 pastry pieces).
Ham and Cheese: Precook the Ham bits with some Onion, Mix it with chopped Chives, Cream, an Egg and your choice of grated Cheese and spice to your taste.
Spanish Tapas: Mix chopped Chorizo, chopped sun dried Tomatoes, chopped green or black Olives, Cream, and Egg and grated Cheese of your choice, spice to your taste.
Chili con Carne Style: Cook the Ground Beef with some Tomatoes and Tomato Puree, add some Chili, Corn and red Beans, some Cream and an Egg, Salt and Pepper
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Spinach-Feta: Cook the spinach and puree it or use frozen one, mix it with Cream, an Egg and crumbled Feta Cheese
Caprese: Chop up Tomatoes and Mozzarella, add some Parmesan, Cream, an Egg and chopped fresh Basil and spice it to your taste.
Broccoli-Almond Bites: Precook the in small pieces cut Broccoli, mix it with Gruyere or other grated Cheese, Salt and Pepper, Cream and an Egg, and mix in Almond pieces and sprinkle some on top when you filled them into the pastry.

And as you can see this list is endless and you can make all the combinations that you love and that come to your mind with the simple adds of some Cream, Cheese and an Egg.

Happy Party Time everyone
Emily

A new Oldie…

Yesterday I had the great opportunity to bake some Filled Flowerbreads for a business christmas party.
This time I used my Zopf Recipe for all the Breads and made different fillings. As they turned out super luscious, I wanted to share them with you. If you go on my Flower Party Bread Page, you can find a link on how to form this bread shape. My Tip: Fill all the breads generously.
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Ground Beef, Onion, Red Bell Peppers, Corn, Sour Cream, Gruyere – Cook the Ground Beef, with the Onion and Bell Pepper, Spice it, then add the Corn , Sour Cream and Cheese and mix it well and fill the bread.
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Cantadou Horseradish (Or Philadelphia and Horseradish mixed), Sour Cream, Salt, Pepper, fresh Dill and pieces of Salmon.
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Pesto as a base, then Chorizo pieces, chopped Olives, chopped sun dried Tomatoes, Parmesan
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Eggplant-Nut-Camembert
Prepare a Cream base in the food Processor: 2 big Camembert or Brie, 15 Walnuts and some Sour Cream, Salt and Pepper. Step 2: 4 Eggplants, small dices cooked with some Olive Oil until golden brown and lightly salted. Mix the eggplant with the Cream base and some Parmesan and fill the Bread.
Sorry for the bad photo quality (Cell phone). One bread I forgot to photograph totally. That one was a base of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, then topped with precooked Bacon bits and lots of Onion, Pepper and some Salt. Finished with some grated Gruyere Cheese and Oregano, then again formed into a Flower and baked for 50 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these Recipes as much as I love them, as they are so easy and great for any Party.

Emily

Mmmh che bueno!!!

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It’s sunny, it’s warm and it’s time to enjoy la bella vita! Here a simple but yummie Appetizer/Apéro idea: marinated Tomato-Mozzarella Skewers. Marinated with a paste of fresh Basil, Garlic, Olive Oil, Pepperoncini and Pine Nuts.
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Find this Recipe Here or go to “Apéro”

A lovely weekend to everyone!
E buon appetito!
Emily

Finally Fluffy Blinis

I had this nice idea one day to make delicious Salmon Blinis, dreaming of a fluffy dough with tasty smoked Salmon and a rich Horseradish Cream….
So, I made the Blinis….not an original Recipe, but just the way I thought it would taste delightful. And…delightful is definitely the wrong word…they were dry and hard and not really fluffy at all….more like a chewy frisbee…
Time to win this Quest against myself and the Blini dough….
I won and finally made a batter that became as fluffy and delicious as I wanted it to be and that I wanted to share with you all. The Salmon Blini Recipe is under “Apero”.
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By the way: Blinis are russian Pancakes and usually made with Yeast….
Hope you enjoy them!
Emily

Tasty Antipasti Cake

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The perfect snack to bring to a Party. I filled it with Ricotta, grated Cheese, Olives, Basil, Pesto and sun dried Tomatoes. But you can add so many things to it…..roasted Pine Nuts, Chorizo pieces, diced Artichoke hearts, garlic etc….create your own Antipasti Cake for your next Party!
Find this Recipe under “Apero”
Enjoy!
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An Other Snack Idea

It’s almost time! And Christmas is nocking on our doors! While you prepare a big delicious christmas dinner in the kitchen, you might want the people to snack on something small with their wine or champagne, before they sit down at the dinner table….something that looks good and taste good but isn’t a whole lot of work. Those little Tartelettes (Mini Pie Crusts, you can buy them at the normal supermarket in Switzerland) are great to fill with whatever you desire….Tuna Cream, Egg Salad or what I did this time…marinated Shrimps with Avocado Cream. Fast and Easy as I promise!
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Find the Recipe under “Apéro”.
Emily