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Summer Time is Party Time

You might be planning a barbeque (or if you live in Scotland, an indoor summer party!) Wherever or however you throw your party, here are some lovely recipes that would be great in a buffet or as an accompaniment to your favourite barbeque mains.
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1. Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba Ganoush
Baba Ganoush is a Middle Eastern aubergine dip similar to hummus. This recipe calls for chickpeas, which are the main ingredient in hummus, to give it a thicker texture.
Even people who swear they don't like aubergine absolutely love this recipe.
Baba Ganoush is a vegetarian appetiser that you could serve for just about any occasion.
Serve with warmed pitta bread.

2. Olive Tapenade Recipe

Olive tapenade

Olive Tapenade is a great spread to serve with crackers for an easy appetiser or hors d'oeuvres.

This recipe uses two kinds of olives, because the colour combination adds to the dish.

Although tapenade traditionally has anchovies in it, this recipe is both vegetarian and vegan and can be prepared in just a few minutes.

Serve with crackers or toasted slices of artisan bread.


3. Mango and Peach Salsa Recipe

Mango and peach salsa
The sweet taste of mangoes and peaches combine with onions and garlic in this easy salsa recipe.
Try it with chips for a light snack, or add an elegant touch to any Mexican food dish.

4. Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and basil bruschetta
Bruschetta is a great excuse to buy expensive good quality oil!
Shop for fresh organic tomatoes and enjoy the natural flavours in this simple vegetarian and vegan bruschetta appetiser.
Bruschetta is a simple vegetarian appetiser that most people are familiar with. You can use toast, sliced baguettes or any artisan bread.
Fried Eggplant
If you take something healthy then fry it, is it still healthy? You decide!
Healthy or not, these fried aubergine "fingers" will surely be gobbled up by all, including kids.
Serve with a thin marinara sauce or homemade dressing.
Black Beans con Queso
A very cheesy bean dip recipe that you can serve with tortilla chips.
Try adding some vegetarian mock meat crumbles for a thicker and meatier texture.
Sweet potato fries
Spice up some easy sweet potato fries with cayenne pepper and other spices.
This recipe is baked rather than fried, so it is also very low fat, as well as vegetarian and vegan.
8. 30 Second Vegan Chilli "Cheese" Dip
Chilli cheese dip
This dip is hardly a recipe, you just mix together cream cheese (or its vegan equivalent made from soya) with vegetarian chilli, but it’s so simple and sooo yummy!
Be warned however, that it’s called "30 Second" not only because that's how long it takes to make, but because that's how long it will last!
7 layer dip

This classic seven layer dip recipe is a quick and easy vegetarian appetiser, inspired by the flavours of Mexico.

Spread a layer of beans and top with salsa, olives and more.

Two cheese fondue

A lovely smooth, easy to make fondue to impress your guests!