Indian and Asian selection
My sister in law works as a bartender. You know…the good ol’ fashioned ‘bar-keep’ you used to call a ‘barmaid’; the kind that pours you the perfect, long, cold beer with just the right amount of foam. However with all this political correctness around we have to call her a bar-person, a mixologist or a beverage manager.
Anyways… the pub (I mean Hotel), has closed for renovations and a certain club used to hire the back room every month for a bit of a meeting followed by a brain storming and a few drinks. Unfortunatley, because of the renovations, the kitchen is also closed with no chef so there was nowhere for the members of the club to get some food. They had ordered in from a finger food company a couple of times; let’s just say the food was far from appetizing and almost inedible!
So my sister in law told the owner about me and before you know it, I’m catering for 25 people.
Triple smoked ham, jarlsburg cheese, lettuce and mayo
I have catered for many a get together, Oktoberfest, Wedding, Baby shower, Anniversary and even a Wake, but it was always for friends and family.
This time though it was for money! Woohoo my first ‘official’ catering job!!!
I don’t know why I was so nervous as it was only for 25 instead of the usual 50-60! I think it’s just that you know your friends aren’t going to pick on your choice of food if they aren’t paying for it and you are doing all the work.
So I pulled out all the stops and went totally over the top (nothing unusual there then….).
Soy and sesame wings
It must have been a success because they came out to the bar area, asking for takeaway containers and then they got me back for a second time last week. I had so much fun I am really hoping it will happen again!
WHAT WAS ON THE MENU?
Using the kitchen in the pub, I provided an Asian selection and an Indian selection of nibbles, samosas, spring rolls, money bags etc and a variety of mini quiches.
I made chicken breast on sticks with satay sauce, sesame soy chicken wings, fresh buns with ham, cheese, mayo and lettuce, hummus and beetroot dip with celery and carrots and lastly my favourite, smoked salmon bites on cucumber.
Hummus dip, beetroot dip and vegies
I managed to find smoked salmon off-cuts that don’t need to look very pretty if you are going to cut them all up any way. And because it is belly meat it has a little stronger smoked flavour so you can use a bit less than usual for just as much flavour.
They come in one kilo bags. You can just use what you need and put the rest in the freezer for another day.
Smoked salmon bites
SMOKED SALMON BITES
- 400g smoked salmon chopped
- 1 x 300ml tub cottage cheese
- 1 tblspn rinsed chopped capers
- ½ tblspn finely chopped fresh dill
- ¼ finely chopped Spanish red onion
- 2 tblspn Japanese ‘kewpie’ mayonnaise (or your choice of mayonnaise)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4-5 Lebanese cucumbers
- Mix all the ingredients together except cucumbers
- Wash and slice cucumbers 1 cm thick
- Using a small ice-cream scoop or two spoons place small amounts of salmon mix on top of cucumber rounds
- Garnish with a very small piece of fresh dill and serve.
The mixture can be made a day ahead and stored in the fridge.