They say starters are an introduction to what’s to come, so it’s important to begin as you mean to go on. Which means serving up a memorable beginning to set the bar high and impress your diners.
There are lots of easy and sophisticated starters that are quick and easy to prepare, giving you more time to concentrate on the main event. Look out for seasonal food, such as pomegranates from the slopes of Jebel Akhdar (starts around September), to give your first course a local flavour.
Smart soups and simple salads are a good idea and can be made beforehand, meaning less stress in the kitchen on the day.
Try out this recipe for a great starter using aubergine, guaranteed to get your guests’ taste buds tingling. Next week, we’ll look at the main course. Happy cooking!
These rolls have a creamy cheese filling with the extra crunch of crushed walnuts and the freshness of coriander