Retro Party Food Catering For the Non-Cook

Carly and me and the Retro Seventies Pineapple ‘Horses Doovers’ Tower

“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.” 
Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope

 

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

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • toothpicks

Method:

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.

Cupcake Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • assorted mini cupcakes
  • small wafer biscuits
  • jam roll cakes cut into slices
  • any other small cakes or cake pieces of your choice
  • marshmallows
  • kebab sticks

Method:
Thread cakes, wafers and marshmallows onto skewers. Pile onto a platter and serve with champagne or cups of tea.

 

Rune Giveaway and Facebook Party

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“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.”
~ Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope

 

Hello Lovelies,

I promised that during our Journal Challenge I would be having a weekly giveaway and a few little facebook parties.

So…

We’re going to start with some beautiful handmade runes, carved into carnelian. I love using runes for guidance. They give you new perspectives on existing issues, and insights into possible courses of action or patterns of thinking. I especially love these carnelian runes for two reasons: 1 – they are made from carnelian, a stone that was first given to me by my aboriginal aunties, and which is a powerful crystal for physical healing, clear thought and insights, energy and action, and 2 – I come from a strong Viking heritage, which is where runestones first originated. So to my mind this wonderful set combines the best of those energies.

For a chance to win these gorgeous magical stones add your name to the comments at the bottom of the page for a place in the draw. For additional entries in the draw go over to the Cauldrons and Cupcakes facebook page. Add your name to the post about the rune draw and get an additional place. If you share this post or the facebook post on social media you get five extra places in the draw for every share.

I’ll put all of your names into a hat and make the final draw at 6pm Brisbane time on Wednesday November 5. The winner will be announced on facebook straight after the draw, and then on the blog the following day.

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And the facebook party?

I’ll be over at the Cauldrons and Cupcakes facebook page at 11am today (Saturday 1st November, Brisbane time) and again tomorrow afternoon at 4pm (Sunday 2nd November, Brisbane time). I’ll be hanging out, answering your questions, chatting, drinking tea, and saying hi. Also, expect a few little extra magical giveaways. Why? Because I LOVE YOU!!!

Can’t make the party? Just like our facebook page, and then leave us a message. I’ll be sure to answer it during the party for you.

Okay, I’m off to start my NaNoWriMo challenge and get a decent wordcount happening before breakfast. Wish me luck!

Lots of love, Nicole xoxo

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