Today we had a party to ‘Wet the Head’ of my son. Just a few friends round for lunch. Party food can be really healthy and delicious. Here’s my spin to get the most nutrients out of a few favourites!

Homemade Sausage Rolls:

I would love to say I made my own pastry. I have tried many times (my gluten free one was a disaster) they have never quite hit it. If you have a recipe I would love you to share it with me….

16 good quality Cumberland Sausages (or Chipolatas)

6 Sheets of Puff pastry cut in half

1 egg beaten

sesame seeds for the top

Cut the sausages out of the casing. Try and keep them as sausages.

Places the sausage meat down the left hand side of the pastry. Roll until sausage it completely covered. Egg wash the overlap and continue rolling with overlap side down. Egg wash the top and sprinkle the top with the sesame seeds. Cut to desired size and cook at 180-200C for 20 mins until golden brown.

Rustic Slaw:

Half a red cabbage

2 Large carrots peeled (unless organic- then just washed) and grated

1 apple peeled, cored and grated

1 Red onion thinly sliced

2 handfuls of pumpkin seeds

a really good dollup of organic mayo

a good dollup of Dijon mustard

Half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix till mayo covers everything.

Broccoli salad:

I found this on Pinterest and changed a couple of things

2 Heads of Broccoli

Handful of pecarino cheese grated

10 slices of cooked crispy pancetta

Half a red onion finely diced

1 really good dollup of organic mayo

A couple of good dashes of white wine vinegar

About a tsp worth of maple syrup/ coconut nectar

Squeeze half a lemon

Salt and pepper

Cook the broccoli till soft with a bite (save your broccoli water to make stock if you have boiled it- otherwise steam it). Let it cool. Meanwhile, cook pancetta and cut up, grate cheese and dice onion. Add everything to a bowl and mix till dressing covers everything.

We also had marinaded Rack of lamb, Roasted Ratatouille, hummus and crudite. But those we can leave for another day to share…

For the sweet teeth!

Kane Festive Rocky Road:

This is normally only kept for Christmas and is a Kane family tradition to make on Christmas Eve- but it was a party and its much better for you than a cake or other puddings. Beware though it is incredibly moreish!!!

5 bars of organic dark chocolate (i used 4 70% and one 85% Madagascan Dark Chocolate)

Then the world is your oyster- we never repeat the same ingredients as its what we have in the cupboards or what we like the look of when collecting ingredients!!! This one included- nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, raisins, goiji berries, dried blueberries, rasins, thin almond cookies, homemade rose cookies, mini marshmallows, maltesers, pecans, ground almonds, dried banana and amonds. I have in the past put cut up jaffa cakes, any nut or seed, apricot kernals, bashed shortbread, different flavoured chocolate, digestive biscuits, any dried fruit, coconut. The great thing about it is it always tastes different!

Gently melt the chocolate in a Bain Marie. Cut, bash, break up the ingrdients into a bowl. Put 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper ready. When the chocolate has melted add to the bowl of ‘rocks’. Add the ground almond, sesame seeds, coconut at the end to absorb any still wet chocolate. Make sure everyone has a stir. At Christmas we each have a wish while we stir!!!

Pour into baking sheets and put in fidge or freezer till chocolate hardens again. Cut into squares…beware while you are cutting the desire to taste the little bits is too much to resist!!!!

Enjoy…Just try and pace yourself on the Rocky Road- or at least do a workout the next day!!!!

 

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