We’re having friends over this evening, so instead of spending the day developing a recipe, cooking it and then, blogging about it, my day will be better served cleaning bathrooms, making sure the beds have clean linens and all the clutter and mess has been thrown into closets I pray they don’t open, or shoved in other places where your friends hopefully don’t look.
Having friends visit in the after dinner hours, usually means having some good nibbles to munch on throughout the evening, here are a few of my favourites. Oh, and most of these ideas have been borrowed from friends or recipe books.
Cheese with honey (and maybe some truffle oil). Slices of parmigano reggiano, or aged percorino with honey to dip them in , if you have some, mix some truffle oil with the honey, very delicious.
Good old smoked salmon. Smoked salmon cut into cracker size pieces, and for toppers, sour cream, capers, sliced shallots or red onion, ( I have a delicious champagne and dill mustard that my son and daughter -in-law gave me for my birthday that works great here) served on top of thinly sliced baguette or crackers. YUM!
Crostini with cheese. Cut diagonal slices of a baguette, toast in the oven for a few minutes, remove and top with blue cheese and apples, or brie, honey and pecans, or cheddar and sliced pears, whatever floats your boat really, then stick back in the oven for a few more minutes to let the cheese melt. Wait for yummy noises from your guests.
Chunks of avocado tossed with soya sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and toasted sesame seeds, serve with toothpicks for skewering and getting to your mouth.
If you can’t be bothered, buy a couple of frozen pizza’s (the thin crust kind) bake, slice into thin slices, drizzle with a little olive oil and a sprinkling of fresh ground pepper and serve, your guests will just be glad you fed them something.