I guess for most part it is my own fault that people expect food if they visit us. And I do not mean the regular bowl of peanuts or olives, noooo, they expect me to have made something new and something exciting! My dad is one of the worst as I have told you before but now Tom’s friends are equally spoiled. Or maybe not even his friends but more Tom… Twice a month he is having a bunch of friends over to play D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). Once on a sunday afternoon and once on a Saturday evening. The Sunday starts lazy, with breakfast in bed and coffee and then some more coffee.
So this morning – while reading my new cookbook from Bea La Tartine Gourmand – Tom looks at me, looks at the cookbook; ‘So what are you gonna be baking today?” I give him a quizzical look. “Baking? Well, nothing really..”
“O but we’re having D&D this afternoon so maybe you should bake something for the guys?” I look at the clock, thinking; well, that’s all nice and all but by the time the baking is done and photographed it will be beer time, so that doesn’t really make sense. “I can maybe make some savory bites?” I suggest, knowing he’s gonna go and jump right in. Which he does…So then I have to think of what to make for a couple of hungry guys that is not too fancy (needs to be finger food after all) and will still be easy to eat while playing a board-game at a table.
In case you do not know what D&D is, let me enlighten you a little bit. While there are many versions out there, including once where people do a real life enactment of some sort (thank god, that is NOT what Tom does!) in essence it is a role playing game. Tom, as the Dungeon Master, comes up with a story and his friends are basically the characters that decide on the course of action at every point in the time. For instance, they walk into a cave and they encounter a dragon (yes, that is all very normal..) Each character has certain abilities, either healing or magic or whatever and based on the points they have gained they can get stronger or weaker (or die). Now if they encounter the dragon they can decide to fight in which case dice are thrown to decide how it’s going.Obviously that is the game from my perspective and I’m sure there are people out there who know much more about it then me.. so forgive me if I’ve got it wrong!
Tom has been playing the game ever since he was 14 years old, so for all the twenty years that we’ve been together the guys (the groups have changed a bit over the years!) have come over twice a month. A quick calculation tells us that they have been here for roughly 480 times playing D&D. Lol… I’ve never played it, except the one time when we hadn’t been together that long and Tom felt he needed to explain what on earth he was doing up in the attic. I just think it’s an entirely silly game but hey, he likes it, so all fine by me!
So D&D finger-food it is then… I searched and found a couple of really delicious recipes which I will share with you below. My favorite was the naan-goatcheese combo with the lime and chili jam. You could use fig jam or maybe ginger-jam would be nice too, but I LOVED the chili jam. Gave it a real kick!
- VERY FAST MINI PIZZA’s
- 1 packet tortilla’s or other flat bread
- 5 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 100g grated cheese
- 100g chorizo
- 1 bunch spring onion (to decorate)
- NAAN BITES WITH GOATCHEESE AND CHILI JAM
- 100g soft goatcheese
- 2 tablespoons chives
- 2 tablespoons lime and chili jam
- 2 pieces naan bread (either home made or storebought)
- SESAME PUMPKIN SKEWERS
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 piece butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- DIRECTIONS MINI PIZZA’S (makes about 24 mini pizza’s)
- Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut out little rounds with a cutter from your tortilla or flatbread and lay them in a baking tray on baking paper. Build up your mini pizza by putting the sauce on the bottom, add little chorizo chunks and grated cheese. Pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and serve immediately.
- NAAN BITES WITH GOATCHEESE AND CHILI JAM DIRECTIONS (makes about 12)
- In a small bowl combine the goatcheese with some of the finely chopped chives and mash them together. Taste and add seasoning if needed, but goatcheese generally doesn’t need anything extra.
- Bake or prepare your naan according to instructions. Cut out small rounds with a cutter. Make them max 5 cm in diameter. these are supposed to be one bite snacks, so too big is not gonna be good.
- Add a teaspoon of goatcheese on each naanround and top with a small dollop of jam. Sprinkle some chives on top
- SESAME PUMPKIN SKEWERS DIRECTIONS (makes about 6)
- Preheat the oven to 200 C.
- Clean the butternut squash (take of skin, remove insides) and cut them in cubes of about 2 x 3 cm.
- Prepare the sauce by putting the soy sauce, honey and sesame oil in a bowl. Put all the butternut squash in the same bowl and cover them with the soy mixture.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and arrange the butternut squash on the paper. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and put in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the squash is to your liking. It should be edible but not too soft. You can put them on a skewer if you want or serve as is.