It seemed like they had ordered not just the canapés but the weather too - beautifully warm and sunny which brought out the best of the house.
Hotels and wedding venues can often seem like conveyor belts where one wedding party is rushed through so the next can come in, but when you have your wedding reception at your own home as this one was (or holiday house) it seems much more relaxed and personal - what can be better than sharing your house with your friends and family?
This was the second all canapé wedding reception we have done this year - is it a new fashion? It seems to work really well - rather than have a few canapés and then a traditional 3 or 4 course wedding breakfast you just have an extended canapé menu. We had had a few meetings in the months prior to this event, and the bride, groom and the bride's parents all had their favourite canapés. I thought 25 varieties might be slightly too many, but deleting any proved to be so difficult for them as they all had their favourites that in the end we did them all - why not: it's your special day after all.
I had been hoping for lots of photos, alas it got so busy we just kept putting canapés out and then remembered photos afterwards. You can click on the underlined items to link to previous photos/ recipes.
I had picked up this loose leaf Lady Grey tea a while back and finally found a use for it. As well as black tea leaves it contains bergamot oil, cornflowers, orange and lemon. Ideal for drinking, or smoking chicken.
The kitchen is a no smoking zone, so if you're going to smoke can you do it outside please =)
I stood this on a stool after everyone else had left Basepoint for the weekend. One of the bakers was just starting at the bakery opposite though and seemed interested in what I was up to. It just smells the kitchen out so it is better outside. For a starter you want a lightly smoked flavour, but for a canape you only have a small bite so it wants to be stronger. So I hot smoked it i.e. kept the heat going under the tea leaves so the chicken cooked as it smoked.
You can see the finished result below.
Mini stilton cheesecakes with red onion and port marmalade
Asparagus on baked new potatoes with smoked trout mousse
King prawns with horseradish cocktail sauce
Smoked salmon blinis
Spoons of king prawn and mango
Tikka marinaded chicken with lemon yogurt
Harissa marinaded lamb skewers with hommous
Coconut and coriander fishcakes with curry mayonnaise
Homemade mini burgers in carrot and cumin sesame buns
You don't get these in a drive-thru
Carrot and cumin bun recipe here. I added ras el hanout as well - extra flavour. The photo has the time 04:31 on it. Preparation the day before did go on a while as everything was made from scratch, but as some guests said it showed in the quality of food.
Scallops wrapped in pancetta with pesto mayonniase
Spoons of Oakfield mushroom risotto with parmesan
Fish and chips in paper cones with tartare sauce
Chips that pass in the night
It only seemed a while since I had been making the larger size fish and chips. I had picked the cones up for a late night snack of fish goujons and chips we were going to serve at another wedding, but cut in half they served the canape size very well.
Glazed lemon tartlets
Mini dark chocolate tarts
Shotglass of home made raspberry sorbet
Spoon of sticky toffee pudding with sticky toffee sauce
Mini creme brulée