Catering your work/friends Melbourne cup lunch

It is coming up to the one day per year where your boss finds it totally acceptable to only get half a day out of you and for there to be alcohol consumed well before 5pm. For those of us unlucky enough to not live in Melbourne on this day early in November, we are used to having a little get together in the lunchroom at work with nibblies and drinks, crammed around a little TV watching the big race. So if you are invited either to a bring your own plate gathering (work or friends), and you want something quick and easy it doesn’t have to be frozen party pies or cheerio sausages, here are some easy quick suggestions that will leave you feeling a little less heavy:

Cucumber and hummus canapés

These are so easy and refreshing

Simply slice a few cucumbers into thick slices, approx. 2 fingers wide.

Then dollop a spoonful of hummus on each disk of cucumber, try not to do too much as it will fall over the sides. Slice some cherry tomatoes in half and gently place on top. Season with salt and pepper and a parsley leaf.


Mexican Bean Dip

This is a little different to the old refried beans version, but just as tasty.

Use 1 tin black beans, drain and rinse

Make a salsa from fresh chopped tomato, chopped fresh coriander, chopped red onion, a squeeze of lime juice and sprinkle of salt.

Mush up 2 avocados into a guacamole, season with salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lime.

Use 1 tin of pineapple, drained (or better yet chopped fresh pineapple), and mix with chopped jalapenos and 2 desert spoonfuls of soy mayonnaise (you can use normal mayonnaise if you prefer).

Then just layer these items down in a dish. Start with the black beans on the bottom, then the tomato/coriander salsa, then the guacamole, top it off with the pineapple/jalapenos mix. Serve with some low salt corn chips.

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