french spread. late night summer. no cook.
11 August 2012
I wrote about our family's 'go to' dinner awhile ago. We call it our French spread since it was named while my husband and I were living in Paris. We lived in a teeny, tiny, really miniscule third floor walk up apartment. The kitchen was literally built into a closet (and not too much fun to cook out of). Although we did master some amazing meals in that apartment, our favorite became our french picnic, served at the tiny table in the middle of our tiny living room. In the summer, we'd open the french doors of our window wide, pop open a bottle (bottles?!) of glorious French wine, talk about all that we had experienced that day and serve up a 'nibble all night long' kind of dinner. Today, this remains our go-to, no cook meal.
The only requirement for the meal is that you serve a sliced baguette, at least two kinds of cheeses, a glass of wine and some fruits and vegetables. After that, everything is optional to be added into the mix. My kids love having a few slices of fresh salami. I love adding a stone ground mustard and some cornichons. My husband likes a small plate of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip the baguette into. Tomatoes, thinly sliced apple and avocado (when we can find it in season) seem to be regular staples too.