Sunday, June 22, 2014

Guest Post: Our Top 10 Canapés ideas inspired by The British classics

Hey everyone! I've been off the grid for awhile, and now I'm back! I'll explain later, but I wanted to share this Guest Post with you from the wonderful Gisella of Mimosa Delicatessen and Caterers London. Gisella and I got in touch through Wedding Hour on Twitter (#weddinghour). Are any of you on it? I will try to be every Wednesday at 9pm. So I asked Gisella to write a post on having traditional British food at your wedding. As you know, I'm American but I live in England, so for all of my American friends (and other countries), I thought it would be interesting to put this British twist on your wedding. With the popularity of all things British, such as The Royal Wedding, tea parties, etc., incorporating a touch of the good ol' UK will be a talking point among your guests.

Enjoy and speak soon! xx

Just got engaged? Congratulations! Now to the exciting task of organizing the wedding of your dreams. But it can be hard for you to decide on the theme and design of your wedding given the quantity of choices in today's world . Sure there are many images and blogs to inspire you but that can leave a newly engaged couple feeling overwhelmed with options.

Often the key to finding a theme you are happy with and that also looks spectacular is to think small. This could be a focus on where you grew up, a favorite color or a dream destination. Often a concise theme can actually emphasize what is important to the bride and groom while also creating a meaningful and memorable wedding for the guests.

As caterers, we are often asked to come up with bespoke canapés for weddings and events, sometimes with an eclectic theme. A Moroccan feast, a British inspired summer tea party and a Mediterranean candlelit dinner are some of our highlights.

In the last few years the importance of products sourcing has become increasingly important to many of us. It is no surprise then that there has been a surge in interest of British made products and a pride in what makes Great Britain so diverse. British inspired weddings are so on trend right now.

So if you contacted us and wanted a British themed canapé party then this is what we would suggest. Which are you favorites from our menu?

Coronation Chicken Baskets
Mini white bread crunchy baskets filled with delicately spiced coronation chicken mousse, garnished with slivers of almonds and fresh parsley

2. Quails Scotch egg
Soft boiled quail egg wrapped in sage sausage meat with breadcrumbs. Served with a herbed aioli.

3. Fish and Chips
Lemon panko crusted salmon atop a grilled potato round garnished with tangy tartare sauce

4. Yorkshire puddings
Mini yorkshire pudding filled with rare roast beef, tangy horseradish and watercress

5. Tangy Sausage roll
Mini squares of puff pastry filled with slices of English pork sausage, caramelized onions, rough mustard and béchamel sauce, Served with a spicy tomato sauce.

6. Chicken and mushroom pot pie
Roasted mushroom topped with slices of garlic herbed chicken & a creamy chive mash.  

7. English sandwich roulade
Thinly sliced cucumber, smoked salmon and dill cream cheese rolled in a wholemeal bread base.

And to finish how about some classic British desserts with a twist 

8. Eton mess
Almond meringue topped with fresh strawberry and vanilla rum cream

9. Rhubarb and pear crumble
Rhubarb and pear tartlet topped with crunchy nut crumble

10. Grapefruit syllabub
Rich delicate mousse with tangy grapefruit and mini vanilla dipping biscuits

So there you have it- Our top ten British Classics canapés If you are planning your wedding and think this menu is exactly what you are looking for then get in touch. We cover all of London and selected areas of Surrey and Kent.

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