Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Anti-Pasty Dinner Party..."

Last night I was racking my tired ol' brain as to what to make for dinner...we've all been there I'm sure...we had just over an hour to make something to eat, get pretty and go out to meet some friends for drinks...tick-tock...so as I frustratingly rummaged through our fridge, my husband was calmly going through some of our travel photos, good thing too because last night it actually brought on a spur of culinary inspiration...two years ago we did a motor-home tour of Austria (blogged about here) with two really good friends, Sandra and Philipp...since the motorhome was quite small, we had very little room to cook extravagant meals and frankly we also had much better things to do with our time then worry about sweating in a confined space over pots and pans...the solution: a simple meal of random veggies, meats, cheeses and dips, which Sandra affectionately called "Our Anti-Pasty Dinner Party"...so last night, as my husband scrolled through our motorhome adventure photos, I came across an image of one of our lovely Austrian meals and decided to pay homage to its simplicity and yumminess...the result: a quick and truly satisfying culinary walk down memory lane...
Here is what I suggest in terms of making your very own quick and easy "Anti-Pasty Dinner Party"...
The inspiration (above image taken in Austria/2009):
Various Austrian meats, cheeses, veggies and dips served with fresh baked bread...
I suggest an array of fresh veggies to start; such as tomatoes, celery and cucumber mixed with some fresh herbs. Being eastern European I am a HUGE fan of dill and believe it goes with virtually everything, but basil and cilantro are also favourites...
Cut your veggies into bite-size portions and combine them with your favourite herbs for an extra kick...
My great-grandmother taught me to sprinkle the tiniest bit of salt and pepper on tomatoes for additional flavour...
Serve your spread on a favourite plate or tray...this one was gifted to me by my mom...
It is made in Italy, and although you can't see it but it has a gorgeous drawing of Paris underneath the veggies...
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I always find that food tastes better if it's presented on a pretty dish or plate...
I am a HUGE cheese fiend~any kind, anywhere, anytime...unfortunately last night we were rather low on our cheese reserves but I managed to scrounge up some fresh feta and mozzarella which I combined with slabs of smoked turkey breast (in cold cut form)...
If you are a meat-lover, I suggest a variety of salamis, klobasa pieces and other cold cuts combined with more cheese, such as brie, camembert or blue...get creative...
I am from Slovakia and I lived in South Korea (a.k.a. Kimchi heaven) so I am no stranger to pickled veggies...in fact I love them!
Here slightly-sweet pickled beats and kosher pickles complimented the selection of cheeses and meats...
I also added a dollop of two different kinds of pesto, along with roasted garlic hummus (my absolute FAVOURITE) which are delicious when combined with mozzarella and tomatoes...and a glass of white or red wine!
Voila!
Our very own "Anti-Pasty Dinner Party" sans Motorhome!
Unfortunately we had no fresh bread for the occasion and opted for pita and some whole-wheat crackers, but overall it was a yummy feast...one that left us ample of time to get dolled up and make it to our friends' house with time to spare...
Although delicious, I do admit that our Anti-Pasty Party was not quite the same without our lovely Austrian friends, Sandra and Philipp...perhaps next time...

Love K

2 comments:

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

Mmmm looks delic! I love anti-pasto!

Ashley McConnell said...

yumm....food porn!

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