Sharing is caring: the joys of food you can enjoy with others

Food doesn’t fuel the body, it binds us together

First-rate food and champion company go together like cheese and chutney. There’s little better than sharing good grub with those you love; we’re talking platters, lighter bites, smaller plates and best mates. Your hands might reach for the same lime-ginger chicken lettuce wrap but not to worry – that’s all part of the fun. Here’s how to welcome build-your-own cuisine into your home:

Barbecued chicken nachos

Gather round and get layering because this Mexican superstar is a true legend. Smoky chicken, zesty avocado, spicy jalapeños and cheese oozing all over the plate equals the most satisfying of feasts. This is one recipe that deems it acceptable to forget table manners… just get stuck in and get messy.

Slider burger bar

No one needs fast food when homecooking is this good. Piece the different elements together and let your guests create their own foodie puzzle. Some might like it with cheese, others relish; there might even be one guy who has it with an egg, a pineapple slice and a sprinkling of chilli (anyone?) but that’s the beauty of this bar – everyone can build their own burger.

Lamb meatball mezze

It’s no surprise that mezze, a feast of flavour and colour, is the popular local choice accentuating the Middle Eastern love of communal eating. When you’re in a rush, our deli has everything you need for a quick assembly job of salads, meatballs and flatbreads.

Vine cherry tomato ketchup with rosemary and parmesan chick pea chips

Predictable, maybe, but there’s a reason why these chips have stood the test of time. You’ll find them on most menus, complementing a dish or standing proudly on their own – this is not merely a case of coincidence. Chips are and always will be the king of sharing food.

Family-friendly finger food for a movie night in

Lights, camera, action! Screen at the ready, comfy pyjamas on, cosy blankets nearby and satisfying bites you can dip in and out of – this is the Hollywood of movie nights! Huddle round as a family and experience the true joy of home entertainment; cocoa milkshakes, homemade pizza buns, sausages on sticks – oh, the nostalgia! – and lots more… the only thing left to decide is which film to watch.

Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches

Assemble until your heart’s content (just don’t spend too long or you may end up with melted ice cream down your arm). Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, salted caramel – you name it, there’s a plethora of flavours out there to suit each and every taste. Whether you’re an adult, teenager or little one, this dessert never gets old.

Dark chocolate and peppermint s’more dip

The pudding that will leave you wanting s’more and s’more. Minty flavour, luxurious texture and unforgettable indulgence amounts to one pot of pleasure you won’t forget anytime soon. Everyone congregated round the table: check. Cookies for dunking: check. Arms at the ready: check. Let’s dip this.

If you’re suddenly thinking a party is in order (and there’s always time for a little get together), why not throw canapés into the mix? They’re the ultimate pass-around bites. To go international, click here for some cracking recipes from around the globe.