At home I always make starters when I am not that confident that the main meal is going to be a huge hit!
One starter which never fails to impress, and always fills the gap which brussel sprouts don't, are Chilli Bites! They take no time to prepare, are perfect for pre-diner snacks for a diner party, and cost just about nothing.
This is half recipe, which makes about 18 - 20.
375 ml of Pea Flour
180ml Cake Flour
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Dy Chilli Flakes ( You can make this less)
1 teaspoon Leaf Masala
1 heaped teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup Finely Chopped Lettuce
1 small potato grated
1 small onion grated
1 small tomato finely chopped
Cold Water to bind
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Add the vegetables and mix.
Add enough water to bind the mixture into a soft dough - dropping stage.
Deep-fry dessert spoonfulls in oil at 180˚C (Medium hot) until really golden brown.
Serve hot with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
I saw a picture at Nina's Kitchen of her beautiful tomatoes, and thought I would show you my garden. It is not very big, but it produces the most delicious chillies, basil and tomatoes.