10 Bite Sized Party Foods

10 bite sized party foods by Kitchen Sanctuary
Arrrgh it’s Christmas next week!

The two boxes of Turkish delights, most of the Martini, half a chocolate Santa and the special box of Bendicks mints that were put away have been consumed already.

I cannot be trusted with buying sweet edibles in advance. Ever.

I also still haven’t completely finished my Xmas shopping (why are men so awkward! Yes dad – I’m talking to you x), I haven’t cleared all the junk out of the dining room (by junk I mean food photography props & backdrops and by dining room I mean the conservatory that barely fits our little family of four for a normal dinner – never mind inviting others round for a festive meal) and I have done zero menu planning for Christmas get togethers at our house.

I guess leaving my job in IT has in no way made more organised.

I am a lot less stressed about the lack of organisation though.  Working in tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie with a martini in your hand does that to a girl……

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Enchilada skillet lasagna - A Mexican twist on the classic favourite. Ready in less than 30 mins!

Enchilada Skillet Lasagna

I think this may be the most American looking recipe title I’ve ever written. Being from the UK, enchiladas are not a common dish.  Also we call our skillets frying pans, and we spell Lasagne with an ‘e’.  But ‘Mexican frying-pan Lasagne’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.  So I decided to fully embrace the Americanisms!…

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Blackberry Spice Bites - Sweet little muffin bites made with mixed spices and topped with a ginger and blackberry frosting.

Blackberry Spice Muffin Bites

One thing I love about the eating season – err I mean Christmas – is the endless selection of canapés and mini versions of pretty much every type of food.  We all want to have a taste of every delicious dish on offer, so we scale it all down in order to fit more in. It’s genius really….

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Mulled Cranberry Jelly - Christmas Flavours on Toast!

Mulled Cranberry Jelly

This Mulled Cranberry Jelly is the perfect way to serve Christmas on toast. It’s made with cranberries, apples, spices, a little red wine and orange & lime zest.  I’m not kidding when I tell you I almost drink this stuff straight from the ladle.  Getting it to the jam stage takes some serious self control! I made…

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Crunchy Coconut Prawns with Fiery Tomato Dip - easy and addictive!

Coconut Prawns with Fiery Tomato Dip

Shrimp appetizers for lunch on a weekday? Yay! One of the perks of being a blogger is that at least a couple of times a week you get to eat the stuff you’re blogging about.  That could mean Creamy Tomato Risotto with Crispy Garlic Crumbs, or Blueberry Crumble Slice, or of course these Crunchy Coconut Prawns. Writing blog posts with a one…

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Light and fluffy berry muffins, packed with berries and topped with a vanilla and chia seed drizzle. Gluten Free - but you couldn't tell.

Fluffy Gluten-Free Berry Muffins

These berry muffins are so light and fluffy you just can’t tell they’re gluten free.  They’re packed full of berries and sprinkled with a few chia seeds, so I’m sure that makes them almost healthy….. I’ve gotta say, whoever invented coconut flour is an absolute genius. It’s totally transformed my gluten free baking.  So much…

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil cheese on toast - the added hidden veg means it's extra healthy whilst still tasting indulgent!

Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil Cheese on Toast

If you’re one of those people – like me – who limits soup to lunchtime because it’s just not filling and satisfying enough for dinner – you’ve got to try this. This soup is thick, creamy and tangy, and is rounded off perfectly with a thick slice of cheese on toast sprinkled with basil.  You won’t be reaching…

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Cake bites with coffee walnut fudge sauce. Easy and addictive!

Cake Bites with Coffee Walnut Fudge Sauce

 Coffee and Walnut Fudge didn’t set? Yeah, me too. So unfortunately I had to turn it into coffee and walnut fudge sauce and pour it over a mountain of chocolate cake balls.  Disaster. A HAPPY, GOOEY, CHOCOLATELY, NUTTY DISASTER! Sorry, didn’t meant to shout at you there, but it is a dessert worthy of a bit…

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Chicken Pot Pie Soup - I couldn't stop eating the filling when I was supposed to be making this chicken pot pie. So I left out the crust and called it soup!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This ‘pie’ never seems to make it past the pie filling stage before I end up eating it.  When the filling tastes this good, you just don’t need the pastry! I love how rich and creamy this soup is – and it’s made creamy using milk, so pretty good from a health point of view too.  It’s the squeeze…

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