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Starter recipes

Here are some of my favourite starter recipes. Click on the description or the photo itself to take you to the recipe

This starter is so easy, but the end result is so delicious. Crispy parmesan croutons dunked in melted camembert that's been infused with garlic & thyme.

My seafood chowder combines the comfort and warmth of a soup with the delicious flavours of seafood. If you've never had a chowder before, then this is the time to try.

Homemade paté is so simple and yet so tasty. It's really easy to adapt slightly and I guarantee it will put paid to supermarket paté.

Liver, when cooked pink, has the silky texture of smooth paté. Couple it with a deliciously naughty brandy cream sauce for an impressive, yet easy, starter or light lunch.

This soup really lends itself to being served cold and is a fun alternative for a summer weeknight. The subtle flavour of celery with the distinctive hint of tarragon make this a chilled delight.

This is great as a simple starter or a light lunch. It's so quick to throw together and the creaminess of the cheese combined with the crunch of the breadcrumbs is a true delight.

This is a great example of a dish that doesn't have many ingredients and lots of cooking processes yet it literally bursts with flavour. The bruschetta can be served as individual dishes or are great on a platter in the middle of the table

This is such a lovely little dish for a starter or light lunch. The three main crowd pleasing ingredients of goats cheese, caramelised red onion and sweet buttery puff pastry work so well together.

Homemade bread is something that everyone should try. The taste, the smell and the satisfaction is so great from making your own bread that you'll soon feel like a master baker.

When having a curry, there's nothing better than leaving some sauce to dip soft, warm naan bread into. Homemade naan bread is so much nicer because it's freshly baked.

Prawn cocktail is one of those dishes that has stood the test of time and is still on many menus. My version brings it up to date and has a bit of a bite to it using Tabasco. You'll also learn how to make your own creamy homemade mayonnaise!

This is a great little starter or snack to share with friends. Using smoked salmon trimmings makes it really cheap, and with the melba toast accompanying it, wait to you see how easy but tasty it is.

Mushroom paté is a classic, but most people don't realise just how easy it is to make. Deep mushroomy flavour combined with the richness of loads of butter. Add just enough cream cheese to make this paté smooth, spreadable and extremely moreish.

This is a great little starter for all you fish lovers out there. Trout with crispy skin, accompanied by new potatoes infused with rosemary - all served with just enough sauce to give everything a big whack of creamy tarragon loveliness.

These light, fluffy bites of mushroom heaven are baked twice, meaning that, unlike traditional soufflés, they're not intended to be tall towers that must be served immediately.

This week, there are two original recipes on my newsletter which will make Christmas that little bit easier, and taste that much better! My Pork & Pickle Stuffing Balls and my Baileys Biscuits. The stuffing recipe is a great alternative to the traditional sage and onion - filled with pork, apple and chunky pickle, it has a real tang to it and is very easy and cheap to make. My very grown-up Baileys Biscuits have a good whack of alcohol and a delicious chewy, oat bite to them - naughtily moreish!

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