Cousin Dee stopped over today & I decided to make it a cocktail hour type situation at the last minute.
So I made a mad dash out to a few stores to gather a few things for an anitpasta plate, which was totally inspired by the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten.
- Genoa salami
- Black mission figs
- Pomegranate arils
- Vinegar marinated onions
- Caramelized walnuts
- Sicilian olives
- Citrus stuff olives
- Caper berries
- Lemon wafer crackers
I also prepared a refreshing globe artichoke salad that was dressed lightly with a pear champagne vinaigrette, which was topped with gorgonzola & shallots.
Oh, you think I’m fancy huh?
I also came up with a sparkling cocktail that contain my raspberry vodka, fresh mint, a hint of sugar & Ooba hibiscus lime soda. It was AWESOME!!!! We tried to give it a name but after 4 of them, it just didn’t happen!
If I make it again, this year, I will be sure to post proper photos & a complete recipe. Stay tuned.
Anyway, when Cousin Dee arrived & saw my spread, she was soooo excited. So was I because I put a lot into my presentation & thought into my flavor combinations. Plus, this is the type of stuff we get into when it comes to food & entertaining each other.
Over snacks & drinks, we had a great end of summer time on the deck catching up on the latest personal goings on, petite mouths, hot gossip that could end relationships/lives depending on who found out & just plain talking shit.
That’s how we roll!