Plate it up!

When the heat of summer hits the last thing I feel like doing is making the kitchen hotter by cooking.  And so we have lots of what we call “plates”.  You could call them tasting plates or tapas or appertisers.  Enough yummy little tasty morsels to fill us up and make us satisfied.

We may have an assortment of salads, left-over roast vegies or cut dip-ready lengths of fresh vegies…

We often have dips: hummus, pesto, curried egg…

For something extra we often add olives, pickled artichokes, gherkins, dolmades…

About half the time our plates are vegetarian with protein from eggs, cheese or beans or sometimes we have a leftover sausage, some pastrami or salami…

We may add home-made bread, potato salad, tabouli or a variety of other carbohydrate rich salads to fill us up…

Do you make your own version of “plates” during summer?  What sort of food do you have on your “plates”?

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8 Responses to Plate it up!

  1. Tes says:

    You’ve created amazing dishes 🙂 I love the idea of making the simple meal looks elegant and delicious 🙂

  2. kel says:

    hehe- snap! we call it ‘bits n pieces’. the ‘kids’ despite being 2 and 16 always get excited about bits n pieces night- they love the prep! we pretty much have identical ‘plates. we love ‘stuffed eggs’ 1970s style! i love my home made pickles!

  3. bagnidilucca says:

    Tonight for dinner we had pasta with potatoes, peas and pesto. It is a variation on a Ligurian pasta with potatoes and beans. The tiny beans we get in Italy are perfect for this, but the local beans are too big and don’t suit, so I substitute peas. We are not vegetarians, but don’t eat meat or fish every day.

  4. Cindy says:

    Just the way I love eating in summer, Bee. Wouldn’t you know it though; today we’re hitting 35 degrees and I have Greek lamb in the oven …

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