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I have often mentioned the magic of cooking, the sheer joy of making something delicious from almost nothing...a handful of this, a pinch of that. Nothing seems more fun or sometimes more satisfying. It is also, for me a bit of a thrill- feeling like a contestant on one of those cooking shows where the chefs, with the clock ticking, compete to come up with a dish from a limited supply of ingredients. The only thing I am competing against is usually only the clock and my own standards of wanting to make something special for me or my guests. Last month, after a very busy day attending to my long list of errands and a few surprises, we were expecting a few folks over for tea during graduation weekend in Chapel Hill. Our guests were first time visitors to the US from Morocco.
I had picked up some local cheeses and crackers the day before, but thought, at the last minute that I wanted to offer a little more. And, because I was leaving soon for my northward trek, I had a lot “orphans”- leftovers and potentially inspiring little snippets of food in the fridge.
There was an apple, some roasted chicken breast, a cucumber and a half container of some spicy coconut hummus. I remembered my little supply of soft chewy ginger cookies in the pantry. This is what I came up with and a photo of the results.
Impromptu Menu for Tea
Cucumbers Slices with Curried Coconut Hummus and Roast Chicken Breast
Nibbles: Almonds, Dry roasted Chickpeas, Olives
Goat Lady Dairy Cheese and Crackers
Chewy Ginger Bread Triangles
Fresh Fruit Platter
As you can see, these simple, ordinary foods also benefitted from a nice arrangement on some platters that showed off their color and textures. The selection was welcoming and just right for a delightful afternoon visit. And I was feeling pretty smug about meeting the challenge of making something totally satisfying from nothing.