Celebrating a Very Happy 7th

For a seventh birthday, we had really had to spend some serious time showing the love around the island.  I must admit, for this special event , I needed some additional helpers , family and a small contribution from the Tarry Market in Port Chester, NY. If you do not know about Tarry Market, stay, it deserves its installment.

Rather than a traditional multi-course dinner, I decided to apply my recent Barcelonean tapas memories and decided to entertain via a rich set of mini platos. The plan worked, the fan club today was more than happy . The sweet and spicy contrasts of figs and radishes were a hit. The mini-sandwiches ran out before could pour the first rounds of white Sangria. My Oriecchiette with crunchy almond slivers and Swiss chart did not last for seconds.



Mixed focaccie:  Tomato and Prosciutto , Olives and Onions,  Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (Tarry Market)
Mixed Focaccie from Tarry Market

Radish and Spicy Figs skewers

Very simple to make:  reduce honey , water, and chayenne pepper, pinch of salt. Marinate dry fig halves for 2 hours. Then skewer as shown in the foto.

Sautee of Wild Mushrooms
Sun-dried tomatoes and Montrachet Goat cheese Sunflower bread squares
Bresaola mini-sandwiches with Honey Crisp Apples, and Apple Butter vinaigrette
Focaccie and Bresaola Squares

Charcuterie Tableau : spicy and sweet sausages, and Jamon Iberico

Jamon Iberico in Primo Piano

Mixed Cheeses: Aged Gouda, 16 month old Comté
Eggplant and Mushroom Frittata squares

Fritttata di Melanzane

Quick preparation:
Sautee eggplant cubes in EVOO, S/P.
Sautee sliced mushrooms in EVOO, S/P, Oregano, 1 minced garlic clove
Follow steps to make a thick frittata in a high edged pan. I used 3 eggs, and 12 egg whites for this frittata. Cook with a lid so that no flipping is required.

Endive Navettes  filled with White Beans and Sorpressata strips
Endive Navettes
Quick Preparation steps
Toss beans (hopefully you have made this from scratch) with a bit of minced garlic and thyme. Use the beans to fill Endive leaves of uniform size.  Top with strips or cubes of cured meats. Iberico anyone ?

 Oriecchiette with Swiss Chard, and Shaved Almonds

Oriecchiette and Swiss Chard
Quick Preparation:  This dish is a simple, yet hearty combination of Swiss chard , almond slivers. The swiss chard was previously blanched, without stalks,   Then sauteed with a bit of garlic and a good dose of slivered white almonds. Please serve piping hot with freshly grated sharp Pecorino cheese.

White Asparagus in EVOO
Mixed Salad
Macedonia (Fruit Salad)


White Sangria ala "Olga" ,
Coco Water with Mint

The Spread

I like birthdays. With a little planning, you never know what you are going to get.  Smiles, laughes, happy people and well filled bellies.

Oh, almost forgot, add a few zeros to that seven up there.   And, also remember to wish Mom, a very Happy Birthday!

Salute !


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