The centrepice was something I saw at someone (much richer)’s end of year thing. Their one had Fererro Rocher, hazelnut pralines, gold nuggets, diamonds, etc. I had a pack of marshmallows, some Warehouse Chocs (25% off!) and some Fererro Roche someone left at my house. The actual constructions was . . . interesting, and involved a lot of swearing, to say the least. Make sure people eat evenly around it or it will fall over.
You “Oh, Ms So-and-so, do have a chocolate!”
Mrs So-and-so “Why thankyou!”
You “NOT THAT $^&%! ONE!”
This time I tried fondue, simply because I have been fixated with the idea since age 5 after reading an Asterix comic. It doesn’t work so well for a nibbles thing but was good for retro shock value.
I made meatballs, again, after someone requested them, and once again hardly anyone ate them. They never seem to pull well at a sit-down nibbles thing.
The two big hits were the salmon pastries and garlic bread. Garlic bread is a given. Does anyone not like it? How can you go wrong with butter and cheese? The salmon pastries have the same principles – cream cheese and salmon are never turned down. They’re quite easy to make – blind bake puff pastry in mini-muffin cups. Make a filling of cream cheese, a bit of lemon juice, a tin of salmon, and some herbs – I used parsley. Put the fillin in the cups and that’s it! These were hoovered up – everyone had about 5.