“It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.”
Are you a party-goer who can’t cook?
Or perhaps you are thinking of a retro-themed get-together with some family or friends? And you are also a domestic disaster or perhaps completely lacking any kind of kitchen equipment beyond a sharpish knife.
Never fear, we have the solution!
My dear friend Carly and I lost a friend suddenly some years ago. Kate was hilarious, madly individual, and the most horrendous cook I have ever met. Nothing she made ever turned out. She mostly lived on fruit, minute noodles, cheese and bread. But she has two dishes for which she was famous – a gala savoury creation she called her ‘Horses Doovers (Hors D’oeuvres)Tower’ which is a Retro 1970s pineapple studded with canapes, and ‘Cupcake Kebabs’.
In honour of Kate’s life and friendship Carly and I recently whipped these up for a very special celebration, and they were very well received.
So, if you can’t cook to save your life but still want to impress at your next party, try Kate’s recipes. You and your food will be a hit!
Sending big Retro hugs to you, Nicole ❤ xx
Horses Doovers Tower
- one large fresh pineapple that stands up nicely without wobbling
- cubes of cheese (Cheddar or Colby is good)
- kabana cut into rounds
- small pickled onions
- stuffed olives
- small dill pickles/cornichons
- cherry tomatoes cut in half
- tinned pineapple pieces
Thread toothpicks with a selection of ingredients, one of which must be cheese. Leave space at either end of the toothpick. Press toothpick into pineapple. Cover entire surface of pineapple and then add some additional filled toothpicks to the serving plate at the base of the pineapple. Serve with your favourite party drinks, music and disco dancing.
- assorted mini cupcakes
- small wafer biscuits
- jam roll cakes cut into slices
- any other small cakes or cake pieces of your choice
- kebab sticks
Thread cakes, wafers and marshmallows onto skewers. Pile onto a platter and serve with champagne or cups of tea.