Party Appetizers Based on Your Zodiac SignFood The List
If you're planning a house party then one thing you should think about is the stars and we're not talking about Hollywood A-listers. We are talking about your guests horoscopes. Lindsey Granger and The Zodiac Cooks' Penny Thornton have delicious appetizers based on zodiac signs.
The Zodiac Cooks by Penny Thornton
21 April–21 May
Earthy Taureans crave stability and consistency, while simultaneously being prone to hedonism (including indulging in anything sweet).
✢ Celestial super-foods All dairy, sweet and juicy fruits such as peaches, plums and figs, and lots of beans. As for meats, aim for rabbit, veal, beef; and for fish, include salmon, lobster and sardines.
✢ What to do in the Taurus kitchen
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22 May–22 June Gemini is, the multi-personality of the zodiac. They are complicated people with a suitably complicated palate and a delicate constitution. They also need to be informed and like to educate.
✢ Celestial super-foods The fruits and nuts of this sign are few and far between, but include mulberry, hazelnut and walnut. For veg and herbs, think fennel, turnip and parsley. And swordfish goes down well.
✢ What to do in Gemini’s kitchen Share a new app you have, as well as any juicy gossip, ut under no circumstances should you invade your host’s personal space.
23 June–23 July Cancerians are the archetypal home cooks – think nostalgia and food as a means of nurture and emotional sustenance.
✢ Celestial super-foods Foods high in calcium fluoride: egg yolk, wholegrain rye, yogurt, beetroot, fish and oysters.
✢ What to do in the Cancerian kitchen Talk about your woes, praise the authenticity of everything – and request a recipe, hand-written, of course.
24 July–23 August By and large, Leos are sunny creatures but they have a dark underbelly. Extreme measures are doomed to failure, and Leo is the poster child for yo-yo dieting.
✢ Celestial super-foods All things yellow, orange and gold: carrots, mangoes, corn, oranges, lemons, bananas, turmeric. By and large, Leos are not fish lovers.
✢ What to do in the Leo kitchen Arrive with a great gift and remember to leave before you’re asked.
24 August–22 September Virgos are the fusspots of the zodiac, but within every dutiful, responsible and restrained Virgo is a sybarite trying to get out.
✢ Celestial super-foods Natural, unrefined foods, wholegrains, pulses, nuts and seeds. In particular fennel, sweetcorn, leafy greens, celery, beans and berries. But although they may wax lyrical about the virtues of spelt, they will go weak-kneed at the sight of sticky toffee pudding.
✢ What to do in the Virgo kitchen Bring some natural lotions and potions, as a gift, and look presentable but not overdone – for a Virgo, less is more.
23 November–22 December Sagittarians have a taste for the expensive and the exotic, and delight in foods from different parts of the world.
✢ Celestial super-foods It’s all about taste. Especially popular is pheasant, lamb, turbot, tuna and all fruits and seeds, particularly sesame seeds and almonds.
✢ What to do in the Sagittarius kitchen You’ll have a good time with Sagittarians, the fun bunnies of the zodiac. So bring some bubbles and laugh, no matter how many times you’ve heard the same story…
23 December–19 January Capricorns are reliable, practical and exacting. They are the observers in a room. And this understated, methodical approach is reflected in their cooking.
✢ Celestial super-foods Produce that flourishes in northern countries: potatoes, root vegetables – particularly parsnips – lentils, blackberries, mussels and crayfish, for instance, as well as blue cheese and game.
✢ What to do in the Capricorn kitchen Follow any instructions and ask whether your host has any tips on saving money or conserving energy.
20 January–19 February Talk about complex. Aquarians come in two sizes – the traditionalist and the rulebreaker – sometimes the two exist in one person. Meat and two veg one day, an Earl Grey soufflé with chocolate sauce the next.
✢ Celestial super-foods Foods that are light: soufflés, syllabubs, mousses and meringues; also, air-dried meats, salt cod, root vegetables, sage, garlic and capers.
✢ What to do in the Aquarius kitchen Enquire where your chef first tasted the dish they’re making – Aquarians love storytelling – but never assert your superiority.
20 February–20 March Pisceans have a feel for food and an instinctive sense of what makes a great dish. They can be diligent foragers and are brilliant with leftovers.
✢ Celestial super-foods All seafood. Leaning toward a vegetarian or vegan diet, you can include most fruits and vegetables, but especially bilberries, asparagus, endive and leek.
✢ What to do in the Pisces kitchen Say that you don’t mind when – and what – you eat. Just don’t open the wine too soon or dinner may never happen…
23 September–23 October
With Librans, the appearance of things, whether on a plate or in life, has to be appealing because of their innate sense of harmony.
✢ Celestial super-foo ds Dairy, juicy fruits and foods with aphrodisiacal properties, such as asparagus and oysters, tomatoes, parsnips, oregano and parsley. Librans also love all things sweet.
✢ What to do in the libran kitchen
Despite being sociable people, Librans are hard to please. So come laden with flowers or chocolates, preferably in a heart shape.
21 March–20 April A fearless, competitive and pioneering sign that displays courage, confidence and a degree of naivety in the kitchen, Aries has scant regard for rules, prefers to go it alone and takes advice from no one.
✢ Celestial super-foo ds Spiky, spicy, hot and generally fierce. Meats include lamb and venison, artichokes and rocket are right up Aries’ street, as are oats and red lentils.
✢ What to do in the aries kitchen Open a bottle and stand well clear of the stove and the chopping board. Anything could happen!
A dream dish for Virgos: Make the most of early autumn fruits with a blackberry and plum pavlova
24 October–22 November Their passion and resourcefulness is legendary, and if you want a snapshot of Scorpio in the kitchen, think Gordon Ramsay! They can take or leave alcohol but for the purposes of sensory exploration, they usually take it.
✢ Celestial super-foo ds This sign rules orchards, vineyards and anything caught deep in the ocean, as well as things grown in dark, damp places, such as mushrooms, truffles and root vegetables. They tend to prefer fish to meat.
✢ What to do in the Scorpio kitchen For a Scorpio get-together to pass without incident, keep a low profile, and insist on doing the washing-up.