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