Rachel Roddy’s Appetizer Kaleidoscope – Recipe |  Meal

Rachel Roddy’s Appetizer Kaleidoscope – Recipe | Meal

Tthe verb annoy means repeatedly hitting, poking, or prodding with something sharp, which could be a bad idea (a finger in a wound, for example) or a relief. choose your teeth means to remove something from between the teeth. That gives us the object: a toothpick. (toothpick), something missing from trattoria tables post-pandemic, understandably, but terrible for the teeth inviting spinach. The verb annoy it also means arousing desires, feelings, curiosity or appetite. It can also be used as an adjective: an idea, book, crisp or olive can be tempting (tempting). This brings us to the name appetizers, or tasty things to tickle and whet your appetite in preparation for what’s to come, whether it’s a meal or more tasty things.

I wish I could go back in time, once again feel the power of sitting on a high stool at the counter in my grandmother’s pub and assure everyone that I had no intention of spoiling my appetite. Quite the contrary, in fact; cheese and onion crisps and roasted peanuts were prepared for Sunday lunch, to be eaten at the little tin tables which, as soon as the pub closed at 3pm, were pushed together to form one long table. While I’m at it, I’ll be traveling to another point in time, 15 years after the high stool, taking me with Rebecca May Johnson’s Against Roast Chicken: An Hors d’Oeuvres Theory of Cooking. This beautiful essay, the result of watching and thinking about the 1990 film Mermaids, is full of insights into the pitfalls of domesticity and building “the kitchen you need to survive, as weird and unnatural as you want it to be.” Pleasure too, especially the idea that the “portability” of snacks and cocktail meals prepared by Mrs Flax, played by Cher, “frees the diner from the table (and the cook from work) and allows for a different relationship with the space ”. . That, “eating with your fingers facilitates the flight”.

Books are weightless when you fly back in time, so I’ll also pick up Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat, which contains more pleasure and more wisdom than most philosophy books, especially its reminder that you can never have enough cocktail sausages. and that for a party she usually cooks 200. And the book of Appetizers and sauces by Lisa Biondi (whom you might remember from a previous column as the fictional creation of a food mogul trying to sell margarine, pickled vegetables, and mayonnaise).

Needless to say, you can skip the cauliflower if you prefer, or you can chop it up with other crunchy veggies and put on a plate with as many other things as you like. Other suggestions are bowls of chips, peanuts, Twiglets, small sandwiches or milk rolls filled with salami, or egg and tuna, or Nigella and Marmite butter spreads. Usually I would also suggest fried food, or Anna Tobias’ anchovy puff pastries, but I won’t be turning on the oven that night. Of course, there must be plenty of drinking, much of it bubbles and music; I’m planning on dancing this Christmas, starting with a tribute to Cher dancing with her daughters at the end of Mermaids, and Beverly Moss at Abigail’s Party, and ending as Liza Minnelli. Last thing, if you’ve skipped the kaleidoscope, I’d still offer optional cocktail sticks for those who don’t like to use their fingers, or have something stuck between their teeth that they need to get out.

Appetizer Kaleidoscope – Appetizer Kaleidoscope

It serves Many

1 cauliflower
Selection of salami and cheese, bologna,
olives, gherkins, canned artichokes, marinades, boiled eggs
toothpicks

Cut cauliflower base flat on a large plate or board, covered with foil for an additional disco touch, if desired. Cut your chosen ingredients into bite-sized pieces and then, combining them however you like, impale them on cocktail sticks and stick them into the cauliflower to make a ‘kaleidoscope’.

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