© David Loftus
DIY party combos
There’s nothing complicated at all about this party food. Just get a whole tray of forks together and lay out your ingredients. The ideas I’m giving you below are simply for things I think go really well together, but if there are certain combos you love, get those going too.
The beauty of these wonderful forkfuls is that they can be rattled out in no time flat. So you can make them as you’re chatting to your guests, or rope your partner or mate into rattling 10 or 20 out. It’s about putting things you like the taste of together, on a fork or in a spoon… Simple!
1. Quarter a fig (you could also use peaches, clementines or melon), pinch apart a little buffalo mozzarella, take a mint leaf then wrap a slice of Parma ham or prosciutto around everything and stab together on your fork. Finish by drizzling over a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar if you like. This combination is fresh and lovely.
2. Slice some pickled beetroot into a bowl. Take a slice of smoked salmon, smear over some horseradish, then add a slice or two of beetroot, a pinch of cress and squeeze over the juice from a wedge of lemon. Skewer all of the ingredients together on your fork then finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
3. This forkful has a Greek vibe to it that really works. Use a speed peeler to peel a courgette into ribbons. If you can get different colours of courgettes then having those colours together on the fork is a really nice touch. Take two ribbons in your hand and add a small chunk of feta cheese, a destoned green olive, a mint leaf and a tiny sprinkle of finely chopped fresh red chilli. Wrap everything up in the courgette ribbons then stab with a fork.
4. Bresaola is an Italian cured beef that goes brilliantly with the flavours on this fork. Simply smear a little English mustard over a slice of bresaola then add a pinch of coleslaw in the middle. Pop a few cornichons on top then stab on your fork and finish with a tiny drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon juice.
5. Add some peeled cooked prawns to a bowl of Marie Rose sauce and stir gently until coated. Click off the leaves of a round lettuce then wash and spin dry them. Spoon a few of the prawns into the middle of a lettuce leaf, squeeze over a little lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and you’ve got a wonderful mouthful of prawn cocktail!