Easiest appetizer ever

July 15, 2009

watermelonfetaappetizer

I admit it. I’m hooked again. This time it isn’t a tangy Asian-inspired slaw or a wanton lasagna that I’m enticed to make over and over. No, my new passion is so very, very simple that it’s almost not a recipe at all. And, it’s that very fact that makes me love it so! I’ve made this new favourite twice in the last week — that’s how easy and how delicious this concoction is!

I’m talking about the easiest. Summertime. Appetizer. Ever. Specifically, a watermelon and feta cheese plate.

All you need to do is cube equal amounts of watermelon and real Greek (i.e. sheep’s milk) feta. Arrange them on a plate and drizzle the cheese with some great extra virgin olive oil and then sprinkle over lots of cracked black pepper. That’s it. That’s all.

Feeling fancy? Cut the melon into wedges and crumble the cheese over top and continue with the oil and pepper as directed. See, even the fancy version is easy.

Do you have a super easy appetizer that makes you look and feel like a gourmet rockstar?


Cocktail for Canada Day

July 1, 2009

Campari & SodaSince Italian bitters such as Campari and Cynar are bringing Milanese flare to fancy urban lounges and patios this summer, bitters seemed like the perfect place to start when I considered developing a Canada Day Cocktail.

I love the dry, quenching taste of a classic Campari and soda like the one pictured here (Thanks for another great photo, Tracy Cox!) but I wanted to make something even more summery for our country’s birthday. In the end I combined yummy, cold watermelon with campari to create this Campari Canadiana pitcher drink that you can share with friends. Cheers!

Campari Canadiana

1/3 cup (75 mL) campari
1/3 cup (75 mL) sweet vermouth
3 cups (750 mL) watermelon chunks
2 cups (500 mL) crushed ice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until slushy and evenly combined. Serve in tall glasses with a straw and a stir stick. Makes 6 servings.

Classic Campari Cocktail

ice
1 oz (30 mL) campari
1 oz (30 mL) sweet vermouth
1 orange wedge
soda

Fill a double old-fashioned glass almost full with ice. Add the campari and vermouth and squeeze the orange wedge over the glass. Top with soda and garnish with the orange wedge.

Do you have a special Canada menu or drink that you serve every year?