Bring a plate #1

IMG_5285 Parties with friends, more than often, leads to that age-old request to “bring a plate”. Something to nibble on – perhaps a starter or even a sweet treat to end the evening. IMG_5282 This last weekend, was no different. A cocktail party for some recent birthdays, where good food and good company is never in short supply.  And my “bring a plate” was pretty straight forward, but possibly one of my favourites. IMG_5286 A lovely little antipasto platter – using the best ingredients I could find at the markets. Savoury, no need to heat, and can be prepared in advance = winner! From left to right…. IMG_5279 garlic and herb cheese log, sourdough breadsticks, pastrami, truffle salami (!!), smoked prosciutto, gherkins, marinated feta and some kalamata olives. The ‘hit’ at the party was definitely the truffle salami, which is no surprise because its pretty damn good Smile  IMG_5281 As for me, I will always be a cheese girl, so tucked into the garlic and herb cheese log without hesitation. IMG_5283 Definitely a winner when it comes to bringing a plate – all thanks to our local market! What about you? Any savoury ‘bring a plate’ ideas?

My date night antipasto platter

While I cook dinner most nights, sometimes I get a craving that I just can’t shake. And on Saturday, I had one such craving. IMG_3608 For a big antipasto platter, and a glass of vino, shared with my loved one while watching a DVD after the little Miss went to bed. An impromptu date night if you will… IMG_3600 And, hands down, it was a simply perfect way to spend a Saturday evening. I went crazy at the markets earlier in the day, picking up an array of treats to adorn our platter. IMG_3601 Marinated bocconcini, marinated vegetables, stuffed peppers… IMG_3602IMG_3597 Italian prosciutto, fennel and garlic salami, hot sopressa and smoked chicken breast. IMG_3596IMG_3603IMG_3599 Served with some hummus and rice crackers – and we had ourselves quite the feast as we giggled through Sacha Baren Cohen’s latest pic – The Dictator. And yes – I also enjoyed a well timed glass of vino. A 2009 petit verdot to be precise. IMG_3608 And it was delicious! What about you? Seen any good movies lately? I feel like I am so ‘behind’ in my movie watching!