Interview with Rachel Khoo

Author of Little Swedish Kitchen tells us her favourite cheat in the kitchen.

What was your funniest dinner party disaster?

“A very flat soufflé… I was cooking for a pair of journalists and the souffles simply (quite literally) didn’t rise to the occasion. They were as flat as a pancake. I had to whip up a fresh fruit layered cream dessert instead quickly.”

Tell us your favourite cheat to save time when you are entertaining.

“Ready rolled puff pastry

Spread some grainy. Mustard and sprinkle a generous amount of grated mature cheddar on top. Cut into strips and bake at 200c for about 15 minutes or until golden and puffy. Makes great drinking snacks.

Or otherwise you can use as the base for an apple tart or other fruit. Thinly slice apples, put on pastry, spinkle with a mix of cinnamon and sugar and bake. Serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.”

What is your favourite food for sharing with friends?

“I love a good cheese and charcuterie board with a crunchy baguette.”

Would you rather host or be a guest?

“Guest!”

What do you find hardest about hosting?

“Washing and cleaning up.”

What is your favourite part of arranging a gathering?

“Inviting the right mix of people.”

What are your best entertainment tips. e.g Do you get the twister mat out or arrange a Netflix marathon?

“Depends on what kind of guests and what theme you’re planning. I always think a good playlist is a must. Always sets the mood.”

What do you usually take as a gift for the host of a party?

“Don’t bring a cookbook or anything food related. Get something the host can enjoy after the party. A beautiful bunch of flowers is hard to go wrong with.”

What is your favourite cocktail to make for friends?

“I love sours like a whisky or pisco sour. It whets the appetite.”

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