While waiting for lunch to be ready, if you have some friends round or are having a birthday party in the garden, it’s a nice idea to make some canapés to nibble on while having a chat and a cool drink. In these situations finger food appetizers are just the ticket - to be eaten, as their name suggests, with your fingers! You could make small fried tempura-style vegetables, stuffed olives, fried mozzarella, or even small pizzas. To make some delicious canapés all you have to do is get hold of plenty of French baguettes and off you go with your imagination: the possibilities are endless. You can make smoked salmon on buttered bread, a timeless classic; do something more rustic and tasty, perhaps with tuna and egg; or throw together some Mediterranean flavours, such as tomatoes and olives. Or try these interesting ‘shepherd’s’ canapés, with goat cheese, a little cream, fresh rocket and herbs. Remember, during your pre-lunch nibbles, to offer a wide choice of drinks, giving your guests the choice of alcoholic or soft drinks, fizzy or still, etc.
Chop the parsley, rocket and thyme and mix with the goat’s cheese. Loosen it with a dash of cream and serve on a toasted baguette.