A few ideas for a first course at the dining table. Ideally, a first course should be something light which can either be made very quickly, or prepared well in advance. That way, you will have time to chat to your guests when they arrive.

I have included several recipes for soups which I enjoy. These soup recipes, and others, can also make a great light lunch, especially when served with plenty of crusty bread and butter.

Butternut Squash Goop
(a soup in two parts)
Asparagus Tips Asparagus Hollandaise
Green Lentils with Anchovies
Cock a Leekie Soup
(leek and chicken)
Ceviche ready to serve Ceviche (prawns in lime juice)
Halloumi ready to serve Griddled Halloumi
Assiette de Fromage
(mixed cheese plate)
Rocket and Parmesan Salad
Oxtail Soup Oxtail Soup
Camembert Cheese Baked Camembert
Chicken Liver pate Chicken Liver Pate
Vegetable Soup
Chopped Mushrooms Mushroom Soup