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Four Kumquat Canapés For Four Food Heroes

I was celebrating this week and these kumquat canapés helped to get the party started!  How pretty are they?

Kumquat Canapes

These lovelies were inspired by a recipe by Gretta Anna Teplitzsky.  Gretta Anna has been called the Julia Child of Australian Cooking.  Through her books and her cooking school she brought French cooking to the Australian masses . She is one of my food heroes and an absolute glamour puss to boot!  I have spoken about her before but as a refresher, her she is in all her glory!

Gretta AnnaI said it before and I will say it again.  That fireplace!  The colour co-ordination of caftan, candlesticks and couch!    Love, love, love.  Gretta Anna is the big sister I never had, the cool older girl at school I always aspired to be but never quite pulled it off. 

I was looking for Gretta Anna recipes this week because, as a little present to myself I popped online and bought a copy of her second book, More Gretta Anna Recipes.  And I was buying myself a little present because May is the month of the blogiversary!  Retro Food for Modern Times will turn four later this month.  Can you believe it?   And we will celebrate in style but first, we need to talk about Kumquat Canapés because they are super delicious and a snap to make!

KumquatsKumquats are a small citrus fruit (about the size of a large olive) and incredibly sour which I love! A funny thing about them, is that if you eat them peel and all they actually become sweeter.  It is the season for them here and as I was making my Gretta Anna inspired canapes I started thinking about my other food heroes and got totally carried away.  I ended up making four different kumquat canapés because of the blogiversary and I named them after my food heroes. So without further ado, here they are.

Kumquat Canapé 1 – The Gretta Anna

Gretta Anna’s original recipe called for kumquats, rare roast beef and mint.  She also wanted you to roast the beef.  I just bought some rare roast beef slices from my local deli.  I also had another idea for my mint leaves so I subbed in some rocket (arugula for my American friends). 

Kumquat Canapes Roast BeefWhy this works

The rare roast beef has a slightly metallic taste with some saltiness and umami.  The acidity of the kumquat worked really well against this and the rocket gave a note of pepperiness.  A little dob of horseradish would also not go astray here either!

Kumquat Canapé 1 – The Nigella

For the Nigella Kumquat Canapé we are heading to Italy where we are pairing our tangy little friend the kumquat with some spicy chilli salami and a basil leaf.  And to steal a quote from one of my favorite movies ever, Gregory’s Girl (if you have not seen this, stop everything and see it now!) the Nigella is bella, bella (with those last two words being spoken in the broadest Scottish accept you can muster!

Salami Kumquat Canapes3Why The Nigella Works

The sharpness of the kumquat cuts against the fatty unctuousness of the salami, the chilli adds a kick of heat and the basil brings in some herby spiciness.This is a Mambo Italiano in your mouth!  Plus even writing the words fatty unctuousness made me feel like I was channelling the real Nigella.

Kumquat Canapé 3 – The Sabrina

As if I was ever going to make a food hero kumquat canapé and not include Sabrina Ghayour!    I still have 22 recipes to make from Persiana but Sirocco is wending it’s way to me as we speak!  I know I said I wasn’t going to buy it until I was totally done with the Persiana Project but I read on Twitter that if you ordered it pre-release on Amazon UK, you could  get it for a ridiculously low price.  And I’m all about the savings! 

I promise I won’t read it, will not even open the package until the Persiana Project is done! 

Well, I might open the package just to make sure they have sent me the right book and it is not damaged.  But then I will pack it back up again and put it out of sight until the end of the Persiana Project. 

However, if during that purely quality control inspection it happens to fall open at a page….or ten….and my eyes just happen to fleetingly glance over them….then that is just what I like to call serendipity and no, it’s totally not cheating!  Let’s quickly move on to the objêt itself.

Kumquat SabrinaThe Sabrina Canapé takes us to the delicious flavours of the Middle East – hummus, dukkah, coriander and of course our little golden friend subbing in for what would traditionally be a preserved lemon.

Why the Sabrina Works

Is is a little bite of the Middle East.  The creamy earthiness of the hummus is complemented by the zing of the kumquat, the dukkah adds crunch and more spice and the coriander some greeny freshness.  And for them that care about such things the Sabrina is also vegan.  

The final kumquat canape was the hardest to name.  It had some Mexican overtones, avocado, tequila, chilli but I was damned if I was going to name it after the writer of Cantina after the terrible problems I had with that book.  So, who else would I  count as a food hero who would suitably represent my canapé?  Jamie Oliver? Margaret Fulton? Charmaine Solomon?  No, no and no came the answers.  And then, taking inspiration from the tequila – which is possibly not always a good rule to live by I hit upon the name for my fourth and final kumquat canapé.

Barrio Cellar, Sydney

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Kumquat Canapé 4 – The Floyd

So obvious!  I’m not sure if Keith Floyd ever made it to Mexico but I’m sure he would have, at the very least liked the idea of my tequila soaked avocados.  A bon vivant, raconteur and also a bit of a boozer, Floyd was one of the first celebrity chefs. Many of his shows are on you Tube and I can thoroughly recommend them  for the sheer force of his personality if not always for the recipes made.  Zebu Penis and Marijuana Stew anyone?

Kumquat Avocado CanapeThankfully, The Floyd contains none of the above but consists of avocado marinated in tequila and  sprinkled with salt with a side of radish, topped with a strip of pickled chilli and a slice of kumquat and garnished with a mint leaf. And again, it’s vegan!

Why The Floyd Works

It’s a bit like a deconstructed guacamole, all the flavours are their with the kumquat subbing in for the lemon or lime and the radish adding some crunch!

These were each delicious and I’m glad I expanded my thinking beyond the original!

Kumquat Canapes

Coming up we are celebrating the blogiversary and not only are we having a party with the letter D but it’s also themed!  I can hardly wait!

Kumquat Canapes
Serves 2
Some cute and quirky canapes using cute and quirky kumquats
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Ingredients
  1. 16 small cracker biscuits
  2. 6-8 kumquats, cut into thin slices (I found you could only get 2-3 slices from each kumquat
For the Gretta Anna
  1. 2 slices of rare roast beef, either home made or from your local deli,cut into two pieces
  2. 4 rocket leaves
  3. 4 little dobs of horseradish (optional)
For The Nigella
  1. 2 slices chilli salami, cut into 2 pieces
  2. 4 basil leaves
  3. For the Sabrina
  4. 4 tsp hummus
  5. 2 tsp dukkah
  6. 4 coriander leaves
For The Floyd
  1. 4 chunks of avocado
  2. 1 tbsp tequila
  3. sea salt
  4. 4 strips of pickled chilli
  5. 4 mint leaves
For the Floyd
  1. Sprinkle the avocado chunks with the tequila and allow to sit for a couple of hours.
  2. Just before serving remove from the tequila and sprinkle with the salt.
For All
  1. Arrange the ingredients on the crackers in a manner that looks appetising.
  2. Top with the kumquat slices.
  3. Enjoy!
Adapted from Gretta Anna Teplitzsky - The Party Cookbook
Adapted from Gretta Anna Teplitzsky - The Party Cookbook
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
Coming up we are celebrating the blogiversary and not only are we having a party with the letter D but it’s also themed!  I can hardly wait!

Meantime, if you were to make a canape for one of your food heroes, who and what would it be?

Have a great week!

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The Dishiest Dish- Fennel, Olive and Dill Toasts

I have wondered for a long time how to get more posts out each week and I think I have finally figured out how to do it.  My plan is that each week I will do a very quick post on the best thing I have made that week.   It may come from the huge list of recipes I want to cook, a Tasty Reads or other cook-along selection or even a retro recipe that I would not have otherwise blogged about. 

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To kick things off, here is a recipe I made for Fennel, Olive and Dill Toasts which was super!  This is a recipe which may never have seen the light of day – I have this thing I where, when I go on my mid year holidays, I take a stack of food magazines with me.   Whilst on holiday, I clip all the recipes that appeal.  And they become my “master list” of recipes to cook over the next 12 months. 

Weird and convoluted I know.  But it works for me! 

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When I went through my magazines this year, I found the recipe which was the basis for the Fennel, Olive and Dill Toasts.  And I had not even marked it as a recipe to cook when I initially marked up the magazine!

I came quite late to fennel.  I am not a great fan of liquorice //aniseed and so I think, back in 2002 which is where is recipe came from, the double dose of fennel and dill would not have appealed to me.  Now, I love them both!

Fennel, Olive and Dill Toasts3These toasts were delicious! It is such a great combination of ingredients, the creamy goat’s cheese, the sweet caramelised fennel and onion, the salty olives and the zing of fresh dill and lemon zest.  Add in the crunch of toasted bread and you have a lovely appetizer! 

The mix would be lovely placed on tiny toast rounds for a one bite canape.  Or would be equally amazing as a pizza topping!!! 

The original recipe did not have the goat’s cheese and to make it without would change this from a super vegetarian option to an amazing vegan choice!

Here’s the recipe:

Fennel, Dill and Olive Toasts
My meal of the week! These fennel, dill and olive toasts are super easy, super delicious and look gorgeous!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bulbs of baby fennel, ends trimmed, sliced thinly lengthways
  2. 1 small red onion ,cut into thin half moons
  3. 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  4. 2 tbsp water
  5. 2x1 tbsp olive oil
  6. 1 baguette, cut into 1 cm thick rounds
  7. 40g kalamata olives, sliced
  8. 2 tbsp fresh dill leaves
  9. zest of half a lemon
  10. 100gm goats cheese (optional)
  11. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat one tablespooon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the fennel, onion and garlic and stir until they are well covered in oil.
  3. Add the water and reduce the heat to medium low.
  4. Cook, covered, stirring occaisionally, for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is golden.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium high.
  6. Drizzle the baguette slices with the remaining olive oil, place on a baking tray and cook under the grill for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden.
  7. Zest the lemon, then stir the zest, olives and dill into the fennel and onion mixture. Season to taste.
  8. Spread the toasted bread with the goat's cheese, top with the fennel mixture and serve.
Notes
  1. Omitting the goat's cheese makes this vegan.
Adapted from Good Taste Magazine 2002
Adapted from Good Taste Magazine 2002
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
 This week I am excited about cooking:

  • A strawberry cheesecake with a white chocolate and macadamia nut brownie base (adapted from Taste.com). I am making this for a friend’s birthday.  Lord,  I hope turns out well!
  • Duck Meatballs  – we are reading  and cooking from this book for Tasty Reads this month.  A friend lent me her meat grinder so I can make these.  I hope they are worth the effort.
  • The River Cafe Spinach Rotolo for a very long overdue contribution to the Cookbook Guru.
  • This salad from my “to be cooked” list.  The combination of ingredients had me at hello. Oh yeah, I smoked some duck the other night.  For serious.  I feel like Martha.  Or Nigella.  I feel like I should start a girly band called Martha and The Nigellas.  That is how high my domestic goddessery is running this week!  (Dammit, Martha and The Nigellas is a really good blog name…wish I’d thought of it three and a bit years ago!!!). 

Stay tuned, one of these may be the dish of the week next week!

Fennel, Olive and Dill ToastsAnd because I am totally nosy and love to know everyone else’s business, what was the best thing you made this week? 

And, what are you looking forward to making next week? 

Do you even know?  Are you a spontaneous cooker or a mad planner like me?

Let me know in the comments. PLEASE!!!!  I”m dying of curiousity!

Have a fabulous week everyone!  Happy Cooking!

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B is for Baby Bundt, Bacon & Bay and Blonde Bombshells

B is also for Bozo, Blog and Birthday.

Quadruple Chocolate Baby Bundt
Quadruple Chocolate Baby Bundt

As in guess which bozo forgot to celebrate her own blog’s 2nd birthday on May 25th?

So, today we’re having a Belated (don’t worry, I promise I won’t capitalise every word that starts with a B) Birthday, (no really, I won’t) celebrating my second annivesary with food using the second letter of the alphabet.  See what I did?  Second year, second letter? 

You’d think I planned it. 

Maybe you should keep thinking that….I”m all for anything that makes me look better!!!

So anyway, it’s my birthday so let’s get this party started.  And I’ve said it before, and no doubt I will say it again, (purely because I’ve got a bottle of the stuff that isn’t going to drink itself) a retro party isn’t a retro party without Parfait Amour. And any party is better with a blonde bombshell!

Nope not like this, the blonde bombshell I am referring too is a cocktail made with the aforementioned Parfait Amour. I’m not sure why it’s called a Blonde Bombshell as it comes out a gorgeous dusky pinky purple. 

First Course – The Birthday Blonde Bombshell

It’s my party…cocktails count as a course….in my perfect world, we would skip main meals altogether.  We would move from cocktails to fingerfood to dessert.  

Blonde Bombshell

Wow!!!  I think I may have found my Parfait Amour drink of choice.  This was lovely!!!  Sweet and florally and almost kind of musky…it reminded me a little bit of Turkish Delight…maybe it was the roses in the Parfait Amour. Very girly, very pretty. Easy to drink….hmmm….maybe getting rid of that bottle won’t be as hard as I previously thought! 

Second Course – Bay Wrapped Bacon and Prunes

Bay Wrapped Prunes in Bacon3
Bay Wrapped Prunes in Bacon3

This is basically a take on a Devils on Horseback.  But wrapped in a bayleaf. And I added a little smear of my Strawberry Habanero Sauce to the bacon before wrapping it around the prunes.

Note for the unwary – grilling bay leaves makes your entire kitchen smell like you’ve been smoking marijuana.  For about a week.  Which is fine until you have a plumber come to fix your leaking tap and they ask you if you can score them some bud.  

Bay Wrapped Prunes in Bacon
Bay Wrapped Prunes in Bacon

 I barely even know what that means.

Despite that, you really can’t go wrong with these…salty, sweet, spicy, crispy…The bay leaves added a slight resiny flavour that was quite pleasant but prevented the bacon from getting really crispy which was slightly disappointing.

  I served it them with some more of the strawberry habenero sauce.  And the saltiness was a great foil to the sweetness of the Blonde Bombshell.

 

Bay Wrapped Prunes in Bacon2
Bay Wrapped Prunes in Bacon2

Delicious!

But now to the piece de resistance. The dessert.

So….what’s better than a triple chocolate baby bundt? 

A QUADRUPLE chocolate baby bundt. 

And what’s better than a quadruple chocolate Baby Bundt? 

A Quadruple Chocolate Chilli Baby Bundt!

Third Course – Quadruple Chocolate Chilli Baby Bundt

So, if you’re following me on Instagram you would have already seen me post my first experiment with the Spice Peddler’s Mexican Chilli Chocolate Cake Mix.  That was a Chili Chocolate Cupcake with a Chilli Toffee Shard topped with Vanilla Icecream and my Strawberry Habenero Sauce.  OMG, I thought this was the best thing ever…so, so good.  The cake was fudgy and spicy and delicious, the vanilla icecream and chilli sauce worked together perfectly and the chilli toffee was a cute and quirky touch.  Basically, this was me on a plate!!!!

Chocolate Chilli Cupcake with A Chilli Toffee Shard
Chocolate Chilli Cupcake with A Chilli Toffee Shard

 Gahhh….so how do you top that?  

Well, I found this recipe  for a cake called a Tyroler in a Delicious Magazine and I had a little play with it.  And came up with the the Quadruple Chocolate Chilli Baby Bundt.   I used the Spice Peddler Mexican Chilli Chocolate Cake Mix as my base and it was super delicious!

Quadruple Chocolate Baby Bundt 5
Quadruple Chocolate Baby Bundt 5

This was really good.  Then again, how could it not be? 

It had quadruple chocolate. 

And a touch of chilli. 

And walnuts. 

And rum soaked sultanas. 

And did I mention quadruple chocolate?

Quadruple Chocolate Baby Bundt3
Quadruple Chocolate Baby Bundt3

So, it may have been belated but worth the wait because these were all awesome!!!!

I’ll try to be on time next year and if not, I can always repost this and rename it Birthday 3 – Cocktails, Canapés and Cake.

Hope you all have a fabulous week!!!!

(Recipes below)

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Blonde Bombshell
Serves 1
A delicious cocktail, perfect for a celebration.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 ounce Parfait Amour
  2. 1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  3. Sparkling Wine, preferably pink, definitely chilled
Instructions
  1. Pour the Parfait Amour into a chilled champagne flute.
  2. Add the Elderflower Liqueur.
  3. Top with the sparkling wine.
Adapted from completecocktails.com
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
Bay Wrapped Prunes In Bacon
Serves 5
A delicious salty, sweet, spicy modern take on a classic canape
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 10 rashers of streaky bacon
  2. 20 prunes
  3. 20 bay leaves, fresh if at all possible.
  4. Strawberry Habanero sauce or condiment of your choice (optional)
  5. 20 toothpicks
  6. Strawberry Habanero sauce or condiment of your choice to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to 150°C.
  2. Lightly smear each rasher of bacon with some strawberry habanero sauce.
  3. Cut each rasher in half.
  4. Wrap each half rasher around a prune.
  5. Wrap a bay leaf around this.
  6. Secure with a toothpick.
  7. Repeat 19 times.
  8. Grill until bacon gets crispy.
  9. Serve with more strawberry habanero sauce.
Adapted from Delicious Magazine, January 2003
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/

Quadruple Chocolate Chilli Baby Bundts
Serves 4
A gorgeous Baby Bundy with quadruple chocolate and a slight chilli kick
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
For the Cake
  1. 1/2 quantity Spice Peddler Mexican Chocolate Chilli Mix
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 100g sultanas
  4. 2 tbsp rum
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 200g butter, very soft
  7. 100g dark chocolate chips
  8. 2 tbsp walnuts
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache
  1. 100g dark chocolate
  2. 2 tbsp cream
For the White Chocolate Ganache
  1. 100g White Chocolate
  2. 3 tbsp cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease 2 Baby Bundt pans with melted butter.
  3. Chill, then lightly dust with flour, shaking off any excess.
  4. Soak the sultanas in rum.
  5. Place butter, eggs and cake mix into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until well combined.
  6. Stir through chocolate chips, sultanas and any rum remaining in the bowl.
  7. Pour into the prepared cake pans and cook on the lower shelf of the oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in pan, then turn out onto a cooling rack.
  8. Chop and toast the walnuts.
For the Dark Chocolate Ganache
  1. Melt the dark chocolate and the cream over a double boiler.
  2. Cool then pour over cake.
For the White Chocolate Drizzle
  1. Melt the white chocolate and cream over a double boiler.
  2. Cool.
  3. Drizzle over the cake.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top.
  5. ENJOY!
Adapted from Delicious Magazine, August 2011
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/

 
 
 

Retro Food For Modern Times Invites You To The Worst Cocktail Party Ever

I have a bone to pick with Louis Ferguson who wrote the Cocktail Party Section of the The Party Cookbook.

Let’s get one thing clear Louis.  A cocktail party is called a cocktail party for one reason, and one reason only.  And that is the presence of cocktails.  So, by rights, given that your chapter contains absolutely no recipe for, or indeed barely a reference to, these alcoholic delights, it hardly warrants the title.

Whilst I’m on the subject  – for any workplaces that happen to be reading?  Wine and beer are not cocktails.  Stop calling events where these beverages are served cocktail parties.  It’s annoying and pretentious.  Alternatively, keep the name and actually serve cocktails.

That I am even bothering to talking about Louis is because I wanted another chance to use this delight of 1970’s food photography.

Pinapple Prawn and Parsley Pot
Pineapple, Prawn and Parsley Pot

Unfortunately, Louis lets us down here too.  In addition to not having any cocktail recipes he also does not offer any details on how to construct the Zig Zag Pineapple, Prawn and Parsley Pot.

What we are given, ad nauseam are Louis’ instructions for canapés – some of which you can see in the photo.

These include:

  • Spread a slice of toast with softened cream cheese.  Cover the entire surface with drained sweet corn kernels.  Press well onto the cheese.  Cut into diamond shapes and garnish with small diamonds of red capsicum.
  • Spread a slice of toast with softened cream cheese.  Cover with finely chopped red and green capsicum.  Cut into diamonds with a wet knife.
  • Cut buttered toast into rounds with a one inch cutter.  Cut thin slices of salami the same size.  Place onto croûtes and garnish with three peas held in place by a dab of French mustard.
  • Cut buttered toast into rounds with a one inch cutter.  Cut thin slices of beetroot the same size.  Place onto croutes and garnish with halved cocktail onions

I’m sensing some trends here.. Oh, ok, here we go, something different…

  • Cut buttered bread into small crescents.  Cut crescents from slices of mortadella sausage and place them on the croûtes.  Garnish with “zig zags” of creamed butter.

Crescents and zig zags.  Just when you thought the canapé could not get any better Louis gives us crescents and zig zags.  Genius.

However this genius was short-lived.  I suspect that by the bottom of the second page of canapé suggestions, Louis was pretty much phoning it in vis a vis:

  • Spread a slice of toast with mustard butter.  Cut into rectangles and cover with several thin slices of cooked frankfurter sausage,

There’s no love in that suggestion. Cold frankfurters on cold toast is not the offering of a man passionate about his craft.  It’s the offering of a man who has lost the will to live.

Louis also suggests that once you have assembled your bread-in-a-shape + protein + garnish that you then coat the entire combination in either aspic or a mixture of gelatine and chicken stock.  He doesn’t actually explain why.  I suspect it has something to do with making his readers and their cocktail party guests as miserable and life-loathing as himself.

Apparently, no booze, cold frankfurters, peas cemented to salami with mustard and a beetroot and pickled onion combo weren’t bad enough. Chicken-flavoured gelatine also needed be added into the mix. Yecchh!

The lack of cocktails has given me a thirst, I’m off to hunt down a tipple (or two) and work on the party food for next week’s post.

Hint…it contains bacon.  Lots and lots of lovely bacon.

Have a great week!

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