Got yourself an invite to a friend's Christmas luncheon? Contribute to the feast by bringing a mouth-watering starter. Not only will it add to the festivity, it will likely win you brownie points with your host.
Below is a list of starter ideas from a number of culturally diverse cuisines. Take your friends to Istanbul with a dish of stuffed mussels, to El Salvador with crowd-pleasing papusas, or all the way to Spain with an authentic potato tortilla.
Sweet potato and prawn cakes with cucumber raita
Soft rice paper rolls with prawns and pork
Stuffed mussels Istanbul-street style
Beetroot dip with hummus and tortilla chips
Fried fish cakes
Water spinach tossed with ginger and preserved bean curd
Zucchini fritters with dill
Crunchy zucchini flowers stuffed with haloumi, mint and ginger
Potato and spinach with poppy seeds
Green papaya salad
Fattoush Lebanese summer salad