Decadence, Part 2: The day before the day before my birthday

November 18, 2006 on 10:28 am | By | In Food Musings | Comments Off on Decadence, Part 2: The day before the day before my birthday

AntipastaI’m a nibbles kinda gal. Whatever you may call ’em — tapas, appies, small bites, hors d’oeuvres, starters — I love them all. I crave variety in my food, and they deliver.

Knowing that we’d be doing some major carbo loading in preparation for our 15-mile Saturday run, I thought an antipasta platter would be the perfect prelude to our evening. Very easy to put together — I purchased everything from Whole Foods — and visually appealing to boot.

This platter includes soppresseta, spicy capacola, peppered salami, marinated cippoline onions, caper berries, cornichons, pepperoncini and two cheeses: roquefort and cambonzola. Prosciutto-wrapped bocconcini (fresh mozzarella) and/or melon would also make fine additions (we got our proscuitto fix with roasted figs stuffed with creamy gorgonzola and wrapped with prosciutto; however, the picture didn’t come out very well).

For our cocktails, I tried a new recipe from David Rosengarten: chile, cucumber & lime gin & tonics. They were delicious, but paired even better with the Asian meal we had on Sunday. Fresh jalapenos (or whatever chile you prefer) are simmered in the simple syrup for a delightful bite. For the cucumber juice, simply grate the cucumber in a bowl and strain out the pulp (which you could save for tzatziki sauce, which we did). Shake up the cucumber juice, simple syrup, lime juice and gin and top with a splash of tonic. Yummy!

After our cocktail hour we planned on having a big bowl of pasta with eggplant sauce, but our friends coerced us into going to a neighborhood Italian restaurant. They ordered an antipasta platter, but in my humble opinion, mine was better!

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