This blog post was quite the mission! Trying to get my Mum to decided on just ONE recipe for ONE course was practically impossible. Mum loves spending time in the kitchen and getting creative with her dishes. She’s great at savoury and has a real knack for sweets, especially birthday cakes. Her Pinterest board of recipes is one to be admired and slightly intimidated by! One of the highlights of going home is for one of her home cooked meals, usually made up of several delicious courses. I’ll usually plan weekends around it, making sure I fit at least one home cooked meal in while I’m there! Sometimes we like to pretend Mums on Masterchef and give her the big countdown as she’s plating up. I think she enjoys it just as much as we do! (Disclaimer – I don’t think she actually finds it that amusing.)
In the end we decided on a few different recipes that feature in the ‘Nibbles’ course of a meal. On any special occasion (sometimes it’s just a Friday night when everyone is home for the weekend) you can walk into our home and expect a few bottles of champagne chilling in the fridge and an impressive spread of cheese and nibbles on the table. The music will be playing, the red table cloth will be set and you know you’re in for a good night. During the Summer, evenings will be spent out on the verandah with a table full of food, drink and family (fur family members also included) and these are some of my favourite memories at home. Everyone will crowd around the table and catch up on everyones latest news whilst watching the dog chase the cats around the yard. I think Nibbles was the perfect choice of food to honour Mum this Mothers Day!
The recipes featured here are some of Mum’s favourites for a special occasion. They get a workout at Christmas time especially, and the cousins are usually pretty upfront with their requests! These recipes are all super simple to make but they pack a punch with flavour and definitely look the part! That is my type of food, easy to make but still delicious!
Mexican Layered Dip
- 1 can of refried beans
- Taco seasoning
- Sour Cream
- Avocado (mashed)
- Tasty Cheese
- Spring Onions to topMix the Taco Seasoning with the Sour Cream.
Layer ingredients in a bowl (I do them in the order listed above)
Serve with Doritos
- Wonton/Gowgee Wrappers (found with the fresh pasta in the Supermarket)
- Marinated Mushrooms
- Artichoke Hearts
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Capsicum Strips
- Sour Cream
- Green Pesto
Pre heat the oven to 180c.
Use a cookie cutter (roughly 6cm in diameter) to cut down the Wonton wrappers and put in mini cupcake tin. You can use them full size but they tend to be a little too big. Spray with cooking spray to make them turn a little brown and cook in the oven for 10 minutes.
Finely chop ingredients and mix together.
Once the Wonton wrappers have cooled, place a small teaspoon of antipasto mix in each cup.
Top with a small dollop of sour cream and then pesto.
Tomato and Basil Cups
- Luxe Traiteur Canape Cups (these have been a little bit harder to find lately, so if you can’t find any, feel free to make little cups with the Wonton wrappers as above)
- Chilli Jam (or Caramelised Onion is also good!)
- Spreadable Philly
- Basil Leaves
- Cherry TomatoesDollop a little bit of chilli jam in the bottom of the cup.
Spread the Philly over the top, enough to fill the cup.
Place a basil leaf and a cherry tomato cut in half on top.
As briefly mentioned above, Mum also has a knack for making extra creative birthday cakes. She made all the cakes for mine and my sisters 21st birthdays and not only were they a talking point, but we were eating chocolate mud cake for months to come. This actually gives me an idea for a future blog post, but we’ll save that for another day 😉
And in case you were wondering, yes, I still look at Mums cakes the same way! Not much has changed over the years.
Happy Mothers Day Trinny, love ya xx