Today, I have been testing new recipes for the Christmas festivities (post to follow!) and finishing off bits of decoration for the house - our tree goes up this coming weekend. No food shopping today as I rested from a weekend trip to the Loire Valley with some friends, but the phone rang at nearly six o'clock to say some friends were just popping in for 'one' glass... I could kick myself for 'grazing' all day on my test food because I had nothing much to offer - so this is what I made... simple and just really quick!
I have a stock of things in my much loved larder - such as organic nuts, bags of them, which I oven roast or today pan heated. I had that little time - very hot pan, keep turning quickly so they colour, about half a minute then one teaspoon of olive oil stir for ten seconds and then add some spice for just another ten seconds. I chose smoked salt and paprika (experiment it is a lot of fun from curry powders to ground spices...)
Smoked salmon was sliced and sprinkled with crushed coriander seeds and wrapped around a thin slice of long black radish . The courgette (zucchini) sandwich, was just two thin slices with a slice of aged Comté cheese, a slither of dried fig and some grainy mustard (the glue!)
With batons of carrots, parsnips (so good raw), pepper and pickles. A quick dip of 0% fromage blanc mixed my 'green booster' from November 29th post (add to taste) - any thick yoghurt or cream, for that matter would work well, just fold it in gently.
With bread sticks, apple oh... and bubbles make anything taste better!
It was fun and quick, the thing is to use what you have...