You may have heard me mention Milli before, Milli is a friend I made through our love of cake when I moved to Putney, she also catered for my besties hen party and puts on amazing afternoon tea supper clubs.
Well my darling friend Milli has excelled her self with her latest work. Bringing out a super chart topping book that has been featured in all the top press. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy just after release. Her book Perfect Party Bites is a joy to hold, read, cook from and taste the recipes from. As someone who loves having guests for dinner I knew it would be invaluable, but what surprised me is just how simple and quick the recipes are. Milli’s food is so fabulous that I assumed it all took hours in the kitchen.
Perfect Party Bites talks you through how to throw a fantastic canapé party, but the recipes are not just for canapé parties. I made this Beetroot Hummus as a starter and accompanied it with cucumber sticks, carrot sticks and of course posh crisps. You can see my version at the top of the post and Milli’s fabulous version below.
My guests loved the dip, but I was glad I kept half in the fridge as we had it the next day with fresh bread, avocado and chicken – the perfect sandwich!
I have already bookmarked the brownies to make, as well as the lemon possets we tried at afternoon tea. There is one more I’ll be making ASAP but I’m keeping it a secret as I will be gifting them this Christmas.
If you’d like to try the Beetroot Hummus yourself, Milli’s publishers kindly allowed me to share it with you:
- 140 g canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 250 g beetroot, cooked and cubed
- 1 large garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2–3 pinches of sea salt flakes
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
For the rest of the recipes, you can try to buy your copy of Perfect Party Bites on Amazon, Sous Chef, (great for xmas gifts for foodies) or The Book Depository, but it’s been super popular and sold out almost everywhere so you’ll need to preorder, alternatively you can get one at your local Waterstones. I’ve checked and Putney has some!
Party Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor, photography by Helen Cathcart is published by Ryland Peters & Small rrp£16.99
I bought my copy of Perfect Party Bites direct from Milli. I wrote this post just because I love her and the book.
Have you ever thrown a canapé party?
What is the best party food you’ve ever had?