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Martha loves a deviled egg, but not nearly as much as she loves a good joke.  So, when I saw this throw back (very Mad Men) deviled egg platter at the OpShop for about 75 cents I knew just what to do with it.  One of my besties, Jennifer, is a bit of a picky eater.  She's got all sorts of likes and dislikes, like no fruit in her desserts, no eggs at all, an aversion to cubed cheese and ham, and a distain of mayonnaise. My plan came together when Jennifer had a little cocktail party....I said I'd bring an appetizer she'd just love! Tee-hee! XO

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Deviled Eggs
Makes 12
6 Hard boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon (I prefer, red wine) vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Cut 6 hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. 
Remove yolks to a bowl and mash with the rest of the ingredients.
I use a plastic bag with the end cut out or a pastry bag to fill the egg whites.  sprinkle with paprika and garnish with fresh parsley to make them look pretty.  To fancy things up you can add crumbled bacon or relish or anything else you might like to the yolk mash to make it your own.

 
 
These quiches are super quick and easy and great as appetizers, or work well with salad for a light lunch.
You can use regular or filo pastry - whatever you have on hand.  If using filo, you'll need to use about 3-4 layers and brush melted butter between each layer. In place of bacon, you can use any of your favourite veges - eg grilled peppers, asparagus, or try spinach and feta instead of parmesan.

Mini Quiches (makes 24 or 12 medium sized)
1 sheet of ready made puff pastry [or a roll of filo pastry]
4 eggs
1/2 cup cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 rashers bacon 
1/2 cup cooked spinach (fresh or frozen)
good handful chopped fresh herbs eg basil, thyme, Italian parsley
Salt and pepper

Grease a 24 serve or 2 x 12 muffin trays.

Grill/fry bacon and chop finely.
In a bowl beat eggs and combine with cream, milk, herbs, salt and pepper.
Roll out pastry on a floured board with rolling pin and cut circles with scone cutter/glass to fit inside and most of the  way up a mini muffin tin. [I use an old port glass and then roll out a little more].
Fill each case with 1 tsp of cooked spinach, some cheese, bacon and then fill to 3/4 full with cream/milk mix - do not overfill as they will rise when cooking!  Top with grated Parmesan.
Bake at 350F for approx 15 mins or until pastry is golden.
Let cool in tin and then gently remove.
 
 
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Nana Betty's Savoury Walnuts                                                                          
1/2 packet walnut halves, lightly toasted
1/2 cup finely grated cheese                                                                                  
2 - 3 Tbspns port (approx)
Place grated cheese in a bowl and slowly add enough port to the grated cheese to make a smooth yet, thick paste.                                                                                                          
Sandwich together two walnut halves with cheese mixture and chill in fridge until firm.
Serve with drinks xx 

 
 

HOT CHOCOLATE POPCORN

Pantry must haves
Mint chocolate
White chocolate
Hot Chocolate powder
Popcorn

Directions
  • Pop some plain popcorn
  • cool
  • spread onto a tray, lined with baking paper
  • Melt some chocolate
  • Drizzle chocolate over popcorn (using a teaspoon)- mint then white chocolate
  • Let the chocolate dry
  • Sift chocolate powder over popcorn- Toss a little then 
  • add a little salt if needed...YUMMY