A Few Simple Cold Starters that Will Impress Your Guests

The starter is often the dish which causes the most stress for dinner party hosts. In addition to not being a meal that many prepare regularly, it is also the first dish and will set the tone for the entire evening. Instead of attempting something overly complex, there are a few easier options that are sure to impress your guests.

Dinner parties can be stressful events for the host. In addition to ensuring that everybody has a pleasant evening, you will also want to dazzle your guests with your culinary skills. Preparing a range of dishes for a large group can be extremely daunting, stressful and time-consuming. In addition to this, there is also an expectation that you will serve something extra special for the evening.

Often, it is the starter that causes the most stress. It’s because it is a meal which people often do not prepare themselves and only eat at restaurants. Not only this, but the starter is the first meal and will set the tone for the entire evening. The presentation is a key factor with the starter, and this is another area that many people struggle within the kitchen.

Here are a few easy cold starters for dinner party that will still impress your guests and gets the meal off to a great start.

POACHED SALMON ON BELLE VUE

this a stater to impress your guest, a french classic with fresh  Poached Salmon Bellevue. Smoked Scottish Salmon, King Prawns, Lemon Mayonnaise, cocktail sauce. Medley of Salad Leaves and Soft Herbs with Olive Oil and Balsamic … 

Salmon on belle vue

Lobster en Belle Vue

If you are finding ways to impress, then Lobster is synonymous with fine dining and is a great way to amaze your guests. Lobster en Belle Vue is half a poached lobster served with lobster sauce and mix salad. If you are not confident in your abilities, you can order starters from us 

Caesar Salad

When it comes to impressing your guests, sometimes it is best to go with a classic. Caesar salad is a popular starter in restaurants, plus it can be easy to make. The ingredients are romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, croutons, egg, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. You can always vary this recipe as per your choice like for instance; many people add chicken for a more filling dish.

These are just a few cold starters that are sure to impress your guests and get the meal off to a great start. please visit our website for any lunch and dinner delivery! free delivery in London

Why not having a canapes delivery and treat yourself this summer

Canapé.,

A delicate piece of pastry, toast, vegetable, etc., with small savoury or sweet delights; food in miniature; perfect flavours constructed in one mouthful..

Ideal party reputation for truly talking point canapés – presented in the most amazing ways, constructed in perfect miniature, and tasting just delicious. We use the best, freshest, seasonal produce, just in tiny portions.

We can create a full meal option based on canapes alone or you can complement these with some bowl food, in order to give your guests a more substantial alternative to canapes.

We can take care of all aspects of organizing your cocktail party or if you prefer, we can simply deliver the food freshly prepared to you. Have a look at our canapes box option for more informations.

Bertrand

Healthy Food Trends for Your canapes Party! Fabulous canapes and Vegetable Displays

Spring is here, and there’s nothing better than gathering a few friends together for a casual get together with some canapés and cocktails featuring the fresh produce of the season mini stuffed tomato with olive tapenade, asparagus with parma ham and parmesan cheese are a few of my favourites that start popping up in April and May with the first bloom of Spring.

How to Make a Tantalising Crudité Platter

Crudités are a superb choice as this is a fun, colourful, healthy and tantalising appetiser. Creating an attractive platter can be challenging, but with a bit of advice, you can create one which your guests are sure to love.

Are you hosting a party in the near future? If it’s true, then you will want to dazzle your guests with some tasty dishes, but knowing what to serve is tricky. A crudité platter is an excellent choice for an appetiser as it can look fantastic and is incredibly healthy.

It’s a platter that consists of raw vegetables that you cut into small pieces or served whole. It often includes celery sticks, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, broccoli, bell pepper strips and fennel. They are then dipped in a vinaigrette or similar dipping sauce. In addition to being very healthy, crudités can also look amazing with so many bold colours and different shapes.

To make a platter that will satisfy your guests, it is important that you use a wide range of vegetables – four or more is ideal. Try using what is currently in season for the freshest taste and select vegetables that are bright in colour to make it visually appealing. In addition to vegetables listed above, consider throwing in a few of these alternative types:

Radishes

Asparagus

Tomato

Zucchini

Lettuce

Beetroot

Butternut Squash

It is wise to purchase the vegetables on the day of the party or perhaps the night before. This ensures that they are fresh, bright and flavoursome. If you are unable to purchase them on the same date, ensure you follow the storage instructions to keep them fresh. On the day, do not cut the vegetables earlier than a few hours before the party to retain their freshness. When cutting, try experimenting with different shapes to add variety and texture to the platter.

In addition to vegetables, make your platter stand out by adding some meat or cheese (first ask if any of your guests is a vegetarian). You could also serve bread on the side to make the dish slightly more filling. When it comes to assembling the dish, try to be creative and arrange the vegetables in different ways to make it aesthetically pleasing. Alternatively, you could arrange by colour for a neat and tidy look.

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Chef Bertrand Munier

Canapes are the perfect mini tasting food for your drink party!

What is a canapes menu? Delicate piece of mini hors d’œuvre with toast, vegetable, bread etc., with small savoury or sweet delights; food in miniature; perfect flavours constructed in one mouthful.

What goes with champagne nibbles? I will recommend some fish or caviar and crustacea canapes with blinis based. for those who like meat, I will suggest canapes brioche with foie gras or a nice organic duck terrine on bamboo. I will never forget the vegan and the vegetarian, I have the Grape with Cream Cheese and Pistachio Nut and  Mushroom forest vegan homemade paté on white bread, pickled onion and thym, we have a lost many other vegan selections on my website.

How many canapes I should serve for a drink party? For cocktail parties lasting between 1.30 to 2 hours and where no other food is being served, we would recommend 10 -12 pieces per person (5 cold canapes, 5 hot canapes and 2 sweet canapes). For other events such as weddings or business event lasting between 1 to 1.30 hours and where food is to be served later, we would suggest between 5-8 pieces per person.

Ideal party reputation for truly talking point canapés – presented in the most amazing ways, constructed in perfect miniature, and tasting just delicious. We use the best, freshest, seasonal produce, just in tiny portions.

We can create a full meal option based on canapes alone or you can compliment these with some bowl food, in order to give your guests a more substantial alternative to canapes.

We can take care of all aspects of organizing your cocktail party or if you prefer, we can simply deliver the food freshly prepared to you. Have a look at our canapes box option for more information

Bertrandwww.bertrandmunier.co.uk

What about baking a cake for Mother’s Day! The lady’s cake is always a strawberry cake!

Mother’s  Day is just around the corner and I know that the strawberry cake is always the girls & lady’s favourite cake.

Baking a cake for your mum or your wife is always the best present you can do for Mother’s  day celebration. However. if you don’t have any knowledge on how to bake one, just buy one! 

This fresh strawberry cake is perfect for any holiday, but it’s also perfect  to celebrate any Spring and summer day

My recipe is very easy to make for anybody with a little knowledge of baking. This strawberry and cream sponge cake is essentially a French light genoise sponge cake filled  with fresh strawberries, vanilla chantilly cream and fresh strawberry coulis (optional)  The making of the French genoise cake is not as daunting as most people might think, all you have to do is to follow a few simple sponge cake making tips outlined below and watch your cake rise as light as a feather.

The french genoise recipe 

For the génoise sponge

250g/9oz caster sugar

8 medium free-range eggs

250g/9oz plain flour

50g/1¾oz butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 180C/185c Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line two 22cm/9in round cake tins.

For the génoise sponge, place the sugar and eggs into a large bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until thick and pale.

Gently fold in the flour and melted butter until smooth.

Bake for 30–40  minutes, or until the cakes are risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

method to build the cake 

1/ Place a 20-22cm/8-10in stainless steel ring onto the flan case and use it to cut through, discarding the outer rim of sponge. Cut the flan in half horizontally so you end up with two thin layers.

2/Place the steel ring onto a large, flat serving plate. Place one of the sponge layers inside and press down lightly. 

3/Place the double cream in a bowl with the vanilla bean from the pod, and the caster sugar. Whip until semi-firm peaks form when the whisk is removed.

4 Line the ring with the large strawberry halves with some fresh strawberry coulis . – reserve the rest of the strawberries.

5 Carefully spoon the whipped cream into the centre of the flan and spread out gently to fill the whole mould – adding as much cream as necessary to cover to the top of the strawberries. Place the remaining flan case on top and press down lightly and cover the top of the ring with whipped cream.

6  Remove the ring by carefully warming the edges with a hot cloth and lifting it straight upwards.

Carefully heat a metal skewer over a direct flame until very hot (use oven gloves). Use the hot skewer to score the top of the cake with lines to create a diamond pattern.

Now is time to be creative and you can use a piping bag for the decoration and garnish with a fresh strawberry, you can use the remaining vanilla pod for the decoration.

enjoy

Chef Bertrand Munier

How to cook your asparagus? my Tips !

Green British asparagus, with its intense, complex

flavour, is considered – by the British, at least – to be the finest in the world. It’s deep, verdant flavour is attributed in large part to Britain’s cool growing conditions. ( The green asparagus are better served hot with chicken, veal and soup).

White asparagus preferred in Europe ( France and Germany) has a delicate flavour and must first be peeled before use. Trim the woody ends and starting from the bottom and using a vegetable peeler, peel a very thin strip toward the tip. Often, only the lower half need to be peeled. (The white asparagus are better served warm or cold with hollandaise & mayonnaise sauce.

My Tips!

Blanched

When cooking asparagus, you can tie them into little bundles, which makes them easier to remove. Drop these bundles or individual spears into some boiling water, cover and cook for three to five minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Take them out, drain and plunge into some ice-cold water, or serve straight away.

Steamed

To steam, place the spears in a steaming basket with a little water underneath. Cover and cook for three minutes.

Griddled

Asparagus loves to be griddled in a pan – simply drizzle with a little olive oil and turn occasionally or try Jamie’s recipe for griddled asparagus with olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

Stir fried

Asparagus is often used in Asian cooking, either in salads or in stir-fries. It needs only a minute or so in a hot wok, so always remember to add it in towards the end of cooking the rest of your dish. A splash of soy and a sprinkle of sesame seeds work well.

My favorite !  is It would be a crime not to mention hollandaise – a classic French sauce made of melted butter, fresh egg yolks, lemon juice and a little mustard or a pinch of cayenne – the pairing of which with asparagus is simply heavenly.

enjoy!! Also see selection of my delicious  cold and hot starter https://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/online_shop/starters

a bientot

chef Bertrand Munier

Have you ever dreamed of visiting a chocolate factory?

Visiting Switzerland always brings me good memories of my childhood. Chocolate, of course, is one of them.  When travelling to the Swiss Alps with my parents, we would always bring lots of chocolate.  I have to say that the Swiss milk chocolate is, in my opinion, the best. I have trained as a chef and during my career, I had the opportunity to work for the Swiss Embassy as an executive chef for the Ambassador where I have learnt about the delightful Swiss specialities.

I would like today to share with you on my blog the fantastic Callier chocolate factory located in Gruyère in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The finest chocolate creations continue to be produced at Maison Callier with fresh milk from local dairies, sustainable cocoa, fine select ingredients and in-depth knowledge of the art of chocolate-making.

I invite you to discover the process of chocolate manufacturing and the smell which come from the famous Maison Callier chocolate factory.

My  journey begins with the Aztec cocoa ceremonies and takes you through to today’s chocolate innovations. Touch roasted cocoa beans and follow your nose towards the irresistible scent of freshly made chocolate. Our chocolate tasting will titillate your taste buds with the aromas of exquisite cocoa, fresh Alpine milk and the best ingredients.

A sweet adventure awaits visitors at Maison Callier. The interactive visitor experience is a unique museum that leads you through the history of cocoa to the present day. Discover how Maison Callier use exquisite cocoa beans and high-quality ingredients to make the finest chocolate creations and indulge your palate with the amazing variety of flavours of cocoa.

you can order our chocolate speciality like sweet chocolate canapes and chocolate dessert ! free delivery in london

thank you to read my blog

a bientot

Chef Bertrand

Tips For Organising An Unforgettable Private Party

There is a tremendous amount of planning and organisation that goes into a successful private party, which can make them very daunting to plan. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips and tricks to reduce stress whilst also ensuring that it is a fun and memorable night for everyone in attendance.

There is no greater way to celebrate than a private party. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, graduation or any other reason to celebrate, a private party allows you to do so with all of your friends and family in an intimate setting. These parties often end up being one of the social highlights of the year, but they can also be extremely stressful to plan because there is so much that needs to be organised. Here are a few top tips for organising an unforgettable private party.

Establish a budget :

The very first thing to do is to set how much money you want to spend on the party. You should come up with a price and write this down and then do everything to stay on budget. You will need to factor in the cost of the venue, catering, drinks and entertainment.

Guest list :

It is also crucial that you assemble a guest list and send out invitations as soon as possible. People’s calendars get booked up quickly, so you will want to give them plenty of warning, plus it is also helpful to have a list of how many people will be attending as this can help you to decide on the venue, catering, etc.

House party :

If space permits, it is a fantastic idea to host the party at your home. This will save you an enormous sum and can be much more comfortable than at a private venue. If you have a house party, you must inform your neighbours and be prepared to do a lot of preparing beforehand and tidying after the event.

Catering :

It may be tempting to save some money by preparing the food yourself, but this can be an enormous and very stressful task. Instead, it is best to opt for private party catering from an established catering company. They can provide you with a talented professional chef that will be able to prepare delicious fresh food at the venue for your entire party.

Entertainment :

If your budget permits, it is worth hiring a band or DJ to play the event as this will keep your guests entertained. If you have musical friends, you could ask them to play as this will be more personal and it could cost less. If your budget does not permit this, then you could simply create a playlist and connect your MP3 player to the venue’s sound system.

As fun and enjoyable as private parties usually are, they can also be extremely stressful and arduous events to organise. The above tips will help any host to throw an unforgettable party that your guests are sure to love.

Visit http://www.bertrandmunier.co.uk/parties for more info!

Dinner? Lunch ? Canapes? Look no further than the services of Ideal Party

Established in London in 1999, Bertrand Munier brings his passion for food and 25 years of experience in the catering industry. French heritage and Michelin starred experience- hard to go wrong! Bertrand Munierbertrand munier

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Ideal Party by Bertrand Munier offers a fantastic range of canapes, starter, main courses and dessert  which can be boxed up for home delivery.

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The canapes range from cold selections, hot selections and Verrine selections in short glasses. It is difficult not to drool over the extensive and innovative list of canapes.  They also arrive on clever Presentation platters which you can keep !!

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IMG_8838The dinner range from stater to  main courses is also very easy to warm up in the oven and you can have any help from bertrand’s butler to set up and serve the dinner like a michelin start restaurant in your own home !!

The final touch,  the dessert !! Bertrand Munier and is pastry chef give you always the best of the french tradition Tarte tatin , Chocolate Opera, eclairs and many more French Patisserie, 

Savour your favourite french Classic on  ideal party website by chef Bertrand Munier .www.bertrandmunier.co.uk 

How to Make your own French bread!

Baking homemade bread can be challenging to even the most experienced home cooks.


Ingredients 

350 Organic white bread flour
2 teaspoo organic rising dry yeast
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water + 1 teaspoon of sugar

1 Put the ingredients into the  bowl  (flour, Water + yeast+ sugar and Salt)

Mix all ingredients for about 15 to 20 mins

Blend until moistened,  Stir until dough pulls cleanly away from side of bowl.

Put in bowl to rise and cover with towel

Let rise until double for about 2h

Divide dough into 2 parts and shape into balls or mini Baguettes

Let rise in warm place about 1 hour

Bake at 210 degrees for 15 to 20  minutes or until loaf sounds hollow

Your mini baguettes is done ! enjoy the french flavour !

Bon Appetit

Bertrand

www.bertrandmunier.co.uk