Party time!

September 7, 2004

Party time!

Steamed Crab and Sweet Piquante Pepper Parcels
For a new taste sensation, try making this recipe with the Peppadew?, or sweet piquant? peppers, the newest fruit discovery to hit Australia since the kiwi fruit almost 30 years ago. This South African fruit are small in size, bright red and have a distinct flavour – a mix of sweet fruit and spicy pepper.

10g cooked crab meat
10ml fresh lime or lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 chopped PEPPADEW? Sweet Piquante Pepper
Filo pastry
Melted Butter

4 Finely sliced PEPPADEW? Sweet Piquante Peppers
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp light soy sauce
3 tbsp PEPPADEW? Sweet Piquante Pepper

Mix the crab meat, lime juice, basil and PEPPADEW? Sweet Piquante Pepper together. Using a small saucepan lid, cut out circles, 16cm diameter on a double layer of filo pastry brushed with butter. Place a teaspoon of the mixture on a quarter of a pastry circle. Fold the ends and sides over the filling and roll into a sausage shape.

Arrange the crab parcels in a steamer and steam for approximately 6 minutes until the crab is heated through and the parcels are firm. Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together and heating gently. Serve the crab parcels with the dipping sauce.

Sundried Tomato Tartlets with Chesses

Widely used in Greek Cuisine, phyllo is a thin, delicate dough that becomes light, airy and flaky when baked. You can buy it fresh in Greek markets, but it?s also available frozen in the supermarket. The frozen variety keeps for up to a year in the freezer.

8 sheets frozen phyllo dough thawed
? cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons reduced fat crumled goat cheese or reduced fat feta cheese
1 egg white
1 scallion, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ? ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
Sprigs basil, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 190 ?C. Coat 24 miniature muffin cups with cooking spray.
Place one phyllo sheet on a work surface. Coat with cooking spray. Top with 3 more sheets, coating each sheet with cooking spray. Cut the sheets in thirds lengthwise and then in quarters crosswise to get 12 squares. Press each square into a muffin cap to form a shell with jagged edges. Repeat with the remaining sheets to line the remaining muffins cups
Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden.
Meanwhile in a food processor, combine the ricotta cheese, goat cheese or feta cheese and egg white. Process until smooth. Add the scallion, basil, garlic and tomatoes. Pulse briefly to mix. Spoon into the tart shells. Bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly puffed and heated through. Garnish with the basil sprigs.
Makes 24 tartlets.
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For the kids: COON Mini Moos
A staggering 75% of girls and 50% of boys aren’t getting their recommended daily intake of calcium. COON decided to combine fun and nutrition with the launch of their Mini Moos snack. Each pack comes with eight individually wrapped mini cheese cubes or sticks so are perfect for giving out at parties or a snack at home. Plus they’re 100% natural and give kids the vital calcium they need for growing bones. RRP $4.45 for 200g pack.

The Drinks: Baileys Glide
We all love Baileys Irish Cream, but now they’ve come out with a perfect party drink! Over 5 million bottles have been sold in the UK since this time last year, and it’s easy to see why. Baileys Glide is a ready to drink version that is blended with vanilla to give a lighter alternative without sacrificing the delicious Baileys taste.

The Drinks: diet Coke
What better to serve at a party than a drink that is also celebrating! diet Coke turns 21 this year and is looking at Australian Women’s Achievements over the last 21 years. Spokesperson, Karina Brown, says diet Coke has grown up with Australian women. “Who could forget the first time The diet Coke Guy graced our screens, signalling a new era for women to enjoy being cheeky and confident. diet Coke made it okay for women to be themselves, and we’ve never looked back!” Check out the new variety of diet Coke and Lime.

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