When I was asked to do canapes for a hen party the first thing I thought was will I have to make “rude” canapes? Tasteful yet distasteful? But I was relieved to find that this was more of a sophisticated hen, not the hanging out of a stretch hummer screaming through Leicester Square, wearing tutus and little else, brandishing blow-up phallic objects type hen. Dodged an awkward bullet there.
This hen party was a surprise for the bride to be, so instead of laying out the food on simple plates to be handed round I wanted to make a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.
I don’t want to stereotype women…..but, on the whole you can’t go wrong with cupcakes and flowers can you? So I wanted to incorporate flowers into my menu as well as just the display, so went to a fantastic site called First Leaf and bought myself a punnet of edible primroses and violas to top my strawberry and ginger cheesecake cupcakes, which I featured in an earlier blog.
Then I made little chocolate pots using ginger Green and Black’s chocolate to give them a little heat. Topped with a raspberry to take the edge off the sweetness and a little gold leaf.
For my savoury canapes I made crostini with honey and thyme-roasted figs and fresh goat’s cheese. A beautiful combination of flavours. I also made mini chorizo, fennel seed and herb frittatas topped with a pea, parmesan and mint puree. Finally, I made mackerel pate on beetroot rostis. A nice little selection: one fish, one meat and one vegetarian - something for everyone.
After plating up, I scattered the table with petals and placed roses and anemones between the cakes and plates. I finished as the girls started to arrive. Scarpered before the squealing ensued and the champagne started flowing. Hen parties don’t have to be trashy, they can be pretty and sophisticated, although I didn’t witness the rest of the evening. I’ve never been to a hen do, but the advice I can give is never book a stripper. I made my friend cry on her birthday when I booked her a slightly over-enthusiastic stripper in a gorilla suit…………I’ll leave you with that. It was uncomfortable. For everyone.