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Snacks for the Festive Season

Posted on December 21, 2012 by in snacks, vegetarian

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Having enough snacks for the all the family and friends coming to visit over this festive period is the nightmare. Most of you have to deal with this whilst reading this. Snacks can be anything from a platter of ice-cold freshly sliced fruit to cheese and biscuits. The point is, if you do not wake up with a new recipe everyday like I do, it can cause a threat to not only your self image, but also your wallet.

Well, here is some helpful hints and tips to take the sting out of entertaining. Stock up on a few basic ingredients and you are ready for the hungry crowds.

Pantry Items

smoked mussels

tins of sardines

canned tomatoes in all flavors – Mexican, Italian and Indian

Canned corn

canned tuna and salmon





beans- butter beans, baked beans, kidney beans


Fridge Items

a variety of cheese – goats cheese, parmesan, cheddar, Emmenthaler, Grand Pandano ricotta, mozzarella

fresh fruit  – pineapples, berries, watermelon, melon, peaches, cherries

fresh vegetables – brinjals, cucumbers, tomatoes, baby marrows, mushrooms, celery, spring onions, avos

cream, Greek yogurt, sour cream, relishes and chutneys

cold meats and cured sausages

gherkins and pickle onions

marinated brinjals, peppers and mushrooms


Bakery Items

an assortment of fresh breads or bake your own

packets of biscuits


taco shells

fresh bread rolls

fresh pizza dough

For these delicious Blue Cheese and Fig Snacks I used some of my fridge and pantry cupboard ingredients and I must say they were delicious. The judges on the Dinner Diva Show did not think so, but my family and friends did and in the end, that is all that matters… so here it is then….


Blue Cheese and Fig Snacks

Makes 12


250 g white cheddar – coarsely grated

100 g Fairview Blue Rock

6 Nulaid Jumbo eggs

100 ml Greek yogurt

Micro herbs

3 T  Rhodes Red Fig Jam


Preheat oven to 180C. Mix the white cheddar cheese, yogurt and eggs together. Spray a muffin pan with Spray ‘n Cook and spoon the cheese/egg mixture into the 12 muffin moulds. Top the mixture in each pan with crumbed blue cheese. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the quiches are firm to the touch. Remove and serve with some micro herbs and Rhodes Red Fig Jam

More Snack Ideas for the Festive Season

Blackforest Ham and Watercress

Black Forest Ham, watercress and Camembert Rolls



Delicious with ciabatta or a cheese or two


Thai Vegetable rolls


Mushroom Pate



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3 Responses to “Snacks for the Festive Season”

  1. anel 18 December 2012 at 4:13 am #

    dankie vir die idees – en ja ek het ook al die tertjies geproe en hulle is fabulous!


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