By Agnes Jekyll

ISBN-10: 0241950945

ISBN-13: 9780241950944

Even if extolling the advantages of a contented breakfast tray, conjuring up a wintry weather picnic of figs and mulled wine, sharing scrumptious Tuscan recipes, or suggesting a last-minute pre-theatre dinner, the glowing writings of the society hostess and philanthropist Agnes Jekyll describe nutrients for each that you can think of party and temper.

Originally released in The Times within the early Nineteen Twenties, those divinely witty and brilliantly saw items are nonetheless enjoyed this present day for his or her heat and pleasant suggestion and, with their emphasis on clean, basic, trendy dishes, have been years sooner than their time.

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They are great for dipping as they hold their shape. 50 PARTY BITES We like our blinis quite thin, but the thickness is entirely up to you. If you make them too thick by mistake, simply slice them in half horizontally and you’ll have twice the number. Home-made blinis with salmon and crème fraîche Makes 30 100g (31⁄2oz) self-raising flour 1 ⁄2 tsp baking powder 2 eggs 4 tbsp milk 2 tbsp freshly snipped chives 1 tbsp sunflower oil For the topping 100g (31⁄2oz) full-fat cream cheese 3 tbsp crème fraîche 2 tbsp freshly chopped dill, plus a few sprigs to garnish 1 tsp lemon juice 200g (7oz) smoked salmon 1 Put the flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, and chives into a bowl and mix to make a smooth batter.

Slice each sausage diagonally into 8–10 slices, then arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 8–10 minutes or until golden and crisp. PREPARE AHEAD The rolls can be made up to the end of step 4 up to 12 hours ahead. Not suitable for freezing. IN THE AGA Bake on the grid shelf on the floor of the roasting oven for 8 minutes, keeping a careful eye on them. 34 PARTY BITES These are divine. They are also very tiny, but you could make them larger if you prefer. Just remember to bake them for a few minutes longer – and keep your eye on them.

Serve up to five different types – cold and/or hot – depending on the number of people you’ve invited. 3 per person at a meal with no first course. Serve two different types of canapé – cold and/or hot. 1–2 per person at a meal with a first course. Serve just one kind of party bite, either cold or hot. How to serve party bites If you’ve kept the canapés in the fridge, take them out about an hour before you want to serve them so they have a chance to come up to room temperature. The flavours will improve as a result.

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