Post # 1
DH’s boss, the University Provost suggested that we go out to dinner along with her and another man yesterday. I think it’s actually some effort to have a non-work relationship with us and I actually think it’s sort of “double date-y.”
This is all fine, but Darling Husband suggested that she and the other guy come over to our house for a drink first since all of the roses on our compound are starting to bloom this weekend. Since wine is pretty bad here in Kabul, we’re going to make sangria using what we have since it’s simple and tastey.
But should I also have some sort of little appetiser as well? What do you think? What goes well with sangria, but won’t spoil our dinner? I usually try to go for simple but impressive…
I thought of a few options:
-Tomato brushetta breads
-cut up vege plate
Give me suggestions, ladies! Thanks!
Post # 3
A nice plate of mixed olives
Grilled Bread with Serrano Ham, Manchego, and Olives
This simple dish shines when you use the ripest tomatoes you can find.
Dash of salt
2 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices Italian or French bread
6 medium tomatoes, halved
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) very thin slices serrano ham or prosciutto
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shaved Manchego cheese
1/2 cup chopped pitted green olives
Mash dash of salt and garlic with a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon to make a fine paste. Combine garlic mixture and oil in a small bowl.
Place bread on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until golden brown.
Rub both sides of toasted bread slices with cut sides of tomatoes, squeezing slightly to leave pulp, seeds, and juice on bread. Discard tomato peels. Spread garlic mixture over bread slices; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cut each slice diagonally in half. Arrange ham and cheese over bread pieces, and sprinkle with olives. Serve immediately.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Wow, that sounds great! It’s a definite possiblity but I’m not sure if there’s prosciutto around here though… I think I’ve seen it once, but we have odd access issues here. Regardless, that one’s definitely being filed into my recipes folder! Thank you.
Post # 5
@Mrs.LemonDrop: I’ve made this while camping with ordinary ham.
Post # 6
@julies1949: Yeah… It’s sort of ham as a general scarcity in Afghanistan… Muslims can’t eat it so it’s really hard to find outside of certain expat restaurants. ; )
Post # 7
Check out Pinterest, there’s lot of good stuff there.
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Post # 9
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Duh! ( Hits self upside the head!)