This is an easy gourmet starter. I often add some chopped green olives to the olive mixture and a little more balsamic. A fresh, rindless goat's cheese may also be used in place of the cream cheese. Serve with slices of toasted baguette or crackers.
Make the most of this wonderful berry while it's in season. Strawberries and natural yoghurt are puréed with sugar, orange juice and ground cardamom in this recipe for a refreshing and unique chilled summer dessert soup.
Creamy avocado, ripe tomatoes and fruity mango mingle in this full-flavoured salsa. Perfect for dipping with tortilla chips and a refreshing margarita on the side!
Simple but delicious nibble to serve to guests with drinks. Prunes wrapped in bacon and baked served with skewers.
Fresh ripe figs are stuffed with goat's cheese, wrapped in vine leaves, roasted on the barbecue, and drizzled with honey. For extra flavour, skewer the figs on rosemary sprigs. Most supermarkets sell vine leaves in brine. If you can't find them, you could wrap the figs with prosciutto instead.