Easy entertaining

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 in Blog

As a person with a passion for cooking and a love of food, I take great pleasure in entertaining at home. Provided my guests enjoy eating and appreciate food then they are in for a special treat. If on the contrary they eat only to stay alive, then they will soon learn that there is more to food than they ever thought.

Entertaining is not just about food. It’s about friendship, good conversation, good wine, and a pleasant atmosphere in which everyone is comfortable and at ease. The latter is something I value very much. I ensure that my guests feel at home from the moment they walk in to my house. I try to create a no fuss environment albeit with that special touch and attention to minor details. The layout of the table, the lighting, and last but not least the menu. Everything has to be perfect, yet simple.

I start planning the menu in my head days before only to decide on something completely different at the last minute. I opt for food that will not keep me locked in the kitchen away from my guests. I want to be around and I want my dinner to be animated and buzzing with conversation and laughter. This is exactly what happened a few nights ago when I had Mr & Mrs J over. It was their first time eating here and they loved it. I loved it too. Best of all I relished watching them eat so excitedly, enjoying every morsel and mopping up every last crumb on their plate.

Part of the menu was a puff pastry roll filled with parma ham, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil. It is so easy to prepare and so quick with minimal effort required but you can rest assured that it is impressive in all it’s simplicity.

Here is what you need for 4 persons:-

2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry

10 slices parma ham

1 large mozzarella, cubed

cherry tomatoes, halved

basil leaves

1 egg yolk, to brush over pastry

Preheat the oven to 200C (gas). Prepare an oven dish and lightly grease it with oil. Unroll the puff pastry sheets. Lay about 4 or 5 slices of parma ham on each sheet, scatter with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves. Do not abound or the pastry will be too full and the filling will seep out.

Roll up the pastry from the short end helping it up with its own paper as you roll and remove the paper. Pinch the edges together to seal. Place the pastry rolls in the dish and brush with egg yolk. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden.

Once the rolls are baked leave to rest on the counter for about 5 minutes. Cut each roll diagonally into about 4 slices. Serve over a bed of salad seasoned with salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


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  3. Thank you so much! Glad you’re enjoying it

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  5. This section is a recipe page. Other sections include food I prepare to be collected. As for the page being faint, I will look into it. Thank you for your feedback.

  6. I am not too sure I understand, is this a ”recipe” page, or are you advertising to cook for say a party at some one’s home? or preparing food to be collected??? also,this page is very faint and hard to read properly, not all of us can .. thanks for receipe though.

  7. Great! Glad you like them 🙂

  8. hi Stef I miss Conc’s cooking but i amm enjoying your recipes

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