This starter ticks all the boxes – quick, easy and posh enough to im­press your friends

The Guardian - Cook - - The Delta Project -

can all agree, is very much part and par­cel of the whole pack­age: the so­cial power play. Show me a house­hold where they eat a starter when they aren’t hav­ing com­pany and I’ll show you a house­hold with far too much time on their hands.

The re­al­ity is if you are mak­ing a starter, you are do­ing it partly to pro­vide a de­cent meal, and partly as an ex­pres­sion of culi­nary dom­i­nance over your guests. “It was lovely,” you want your guests to tell your mu­tual friends, “and you’ll never guess what? Stephen made pot­ted crab.”

Ide­ally, the per­fect starter is a) a bit posh; b) de­li­cious; and, cru­cially, c) easy. For dou­ble points, it should use a lim­ited amount of counter space

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