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. 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. 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…. 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 As for me, I will always be a cheese girl, so tucked into the garlic and herb cheese log without hesitation. 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?
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. 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… 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. Marinated bocconcini, marinated vegetables, stuffed peppers… Italian prosciutto, fennel and garlic salami, hot sopressa and smoked chicken breast. 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. And it was delicious! What about you? Seen any good movies lately? I feel like I am so ‘behind’ in my movie watching!