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.

 

Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

“I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something. ” 
Mich Ehrenborg

I love this tasty quick rice dish – it’s one of our favourite ways to use up leftover cold rice and cooked vegetables. It’s delicious warm and also great served cold as a salad. It’s also super economical and much better than take-away. The pineapple gives it a wonderful freshness and zing too.

Please don’t keep for longer than a day once made. But that shouldn’t be a problem because it’s so yummy you’ll want to gobble it all up.

I’ve given you a basic recipe below but feel free to make it vegan or vegetarian. Throwing in a handful of cooked prawns (shrimp) is divine, and a handful of lightly toasted cashews or almonds is also a great addition.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked cold rice
  • 1/2 cup diced ham or cooked bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 to 2 cloves of crushed or finely chopped garlic
  •  3 to 4 eggs, whisked with a tablespoon of water
  • 1 large green pepper, diced,
  • 1 cup of other sliced fresh vegetables cooked leftover vegetables or frozen peas/carrot/corn
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh or tinned diced pineapple
  • 3 spring onions sliced, or a handful of chopped up coriander – or both!
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, two tablespoons of soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice and a dash of chilli sauce (if that’s your thing)- mixed together in a cup

Method:

  1. Select a large deep frypan or saucepan and place over moderate heat.
  2. Add the oil to cover the bottom of the pan and then pour the egg into the pan and allow it to cook as one flat sheet. When it has cooked through roll up and remove from pan. Cut into small pieces.
  3. If you are using bacon fry the bacon off first. Then add in the onion, ginger and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant.
  4. Now add in the vegetables if they are uncooked and stirfry gently for another two minutes.
  5. Add in all other vegetables (except herbs), pineapple, egg, ham if using, and rice. Stirfry for two minutes or until heated through.
  6. Add the soy mixture and stir through the rice.
  7. Fold through the spring onion and/or coriander.
  8. Serve on its own or with the protein of your choice.