Perfect Crostini Three Ways

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o many times, when I was invited to an event or house party I noticed that food is very much… well… neglected.

Mostly this is due to the food being ready-made, microwaved and/or lacking any imagination. Many people are terrified of cooking for large numbers of people or thinking it is very time consuming.

But let’s face it, when we go to a party we always looking forward to eat something.

With these Perfect Crostini Three Ways you will not only feed all your friends but also make them fall in love with your cooking. Maybe even make some new friends! And all that with less than 5 ingredients per each recipe.

So here they are my Perfect Crostini Three Ways!


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Avocado Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar Toast:


Avocado Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar Toast | VEGETARIAN DEPARTMENT


Prep time:
Makes approx.:
20 minutes
20 units


Ingredients:

1 Baguette

3 Avocados

300g Strawberries

Balsamic Vinegar

Juice of ½ Lemon

Method:

1. First of all, remove the avocado flesh into a medium size bowl and mash it with a fork. Add the lemon juice – this will prevent the avocado to go brown.

2. Slice the baguette (or get yourself a slice of toast) 

3. Put the smashed avocado on top, put few slices of strawberry on top and drizzle with some balsamic vinegar of very good quality.

4. I personally don’t add any salt or sugar to it but if you feel like adding some, please do.

 


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Don’t limit Perfect Crostini Three Ways to just a party food – take it with you for a summer picnic or make it a starter for a lovely BBQ!


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 And if you don’t believe me – avocado has got a Twitter account.

Yep… 


 Brie Pear and Walnut Bites:


Brie Pear and Walnut Bites | VEGETARIAN DEPARTMENT


Prep time:
Makes approx.:
15 minutes
20 units

Ingredients:

1 Baguette

200g Brie

2 Pears

20 Walnut Halves

Honey

Micro Herbs for decoration (optional)

Method:

1. First of all, slice a baguette. I prefer quite thin slices.

2. Put the slices of brie on top, then sliced pear and top it up with a walnut half and micro herbs if used.

3. Drizzle some honey on top.

4. Serve with white wine, grapes and/or olives.

 


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My favourite picnic spot in London is Greenwich Park, not only it’s nearby where I live, but also have got some wonderful views!

What’s yours?


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Interested in cheese-making?

According to The Telegraph “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking” by David Asher is a book for you! 


Artichoke and Spinach Crostini:


Artichoke and Spinach Crostini | VEGETARIAN DEPARTMENT


Prep time:
Makes approx.:
20 minutes
20 units

Ingredients:

 200g Tined Artichokes

100g Spinach

3 tbsp Soured Cream

1 tbsp Mayo (Ideally Homemade)

1 Garlic Clove

50g Grated Cheddar

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of Black Pepper

1 Baguette

Method:

1. Let’s start by squeezing all the liquid from the tinned artichoke hearts and chopping them roughly.

2. Next, place spinach in a colander and pour some freshly boiled water over it.

3. Leave it to cool for few minutes and again, squeeze all the liquid, chop and add to the artichokes.

4. Now add the soured cream, mayo and mix well.

5. Add finely chopped garlic (you can roast the garlic clove for few minutes over the hob, if fresh garlic is a little pungent for your liking)

6. Add grated cheddar and season with salt and pepper.

7. Finally slice the baguette quite thinly, put the artichoke and spinach mixture on top of each slice and it’s ready to be served! 

 


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The weirdest fact about artichoke,

I found is that women were forbidden from eating it for quite a while.

It was only in 16th century, when Catherine de Medici helped to changed that by introducing artichokes to France.


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 Don’t forget about the drinks!

Here is a lovely collection of summer alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks!

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