Everyone loves the sound of a cork popping and a canapé. This one is an effortless delight. With us at home at the moment it’s a great way to make the weekend special by making an effort with some nice little light bites and a drink or two, and this one couldn’t be simpler. I hope you give it a try.

I use sourdough or cranberry and walnut bread if I can get hold of any and some good extra virgin olive oil.

Fill your glass and enjoy!


4 slices of sourdough bread

1 ripe avocado

4 medium tomatoes on the vine

1 small onion

Pinch or 2 of dried basil / I like to use fresh chopped up if I have it.

Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Couple of garlic cloves

Pinch or 2 of crunchy salt and cracked black pepper

Drizzle of balsamic vinegar (optional)


Chop your avocado, tomatoes and onions and mix with your dried basil, salt and pepper.

Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, mix and set aside.

Cut 4 slices of your sourdough or other delicious thick sliced bread from the deli, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and toast under the grill slightly so the bread is very lightly golden and crisp, we’re not going for overdone here!

Cut a clove of garlic in half for each slice and rub the toasted bread all over with it.

Now spoon on the topping and serve with an ice cold flute of champagne or Prosecco or cocktail of your choice!

Tip: I like to top with fresh basil for extra flavour or a handful of peppery rocket dressed with a little balsamic vinegar if you are not a basil fan.