Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Time to party with Julie Biuso



Time to party    What a week!
Cooking, eating, drinking, partying … yes, it’s that kind of a month. To help you along with your entertaining, some snacky tortilla crisps and sesame bagels using ready-made products. They’re super handy to whip up when friends are coming for drinks, just mash an avocado with a bit of lime and chilli, serve some olives and cheese, and you’re good to go. Oh, and chill the drinks. Baked Tortilla Crisps & Toasted Sesame Bagels

If brunch is your thing, and I reckon it is an easy way to entertain over summer months, start with a Bloody Mary and you can’t go wrong (well, it’s all downhill from there, but such fun!), and make the most of seasonal asparagus in grilled Swiss cheese sandwiches. You probably won’t need to eat anything else all day.
Grilled Swiss Sandwiches

I had cauliflower going begging so I threw it in a pan with verjuice and a few bits and bobs, and ended up with a combination that I absolutely love. I ate leftovers for lunch the next day and went straight out and bought another cauliflower. That’s when I know I am onto a winner … when I want to keep eating the same thing for a few days (I get bored easily when on repeat mode, so it needs to be really good to keep me coming back to the trough!) Wait until you see a snow-white pristine cauliflower, and give this a try. It’s good for any season, so my lovely American audience, give this a go.
Cauliflower with Verjuice and read about Verjuice and link through to one of my fave ways of cooking chicken French Roasted Chicken with Verjuice just perfect for now while herbs are so abundant.

Whoaaa! Were we lucky with the weather at the weekend. Yes! The Waiheke Garden Festival’s Garden Party went off without a hitch: the sun shone, the musicians played, the flowers bloomed, the wine flowed, the food was devoured and the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. And I enjoyed myself thoroughly, too, so much so, that if you are looking for someone to cater a special event on Waiheke (possibly Auckland), give Shared Kitchen a call. Well, send an email, as you do. (Phoning seems so last century!)

OK, gotta go. I’m going to talk about catering for VEGANS next week. Does that mean I am sharpening my stirring stick? Don’t miss it!


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