My last post was a long form one describing an apple appetizer born out of a gift of homemade muscadine jelly, and the template for this type of quick, throwdown starter.
Soon after I created and served the appetizer that inspired that post and decided to document the formula (at the urging of the Grill-Meister, we were dinner guests at the home of friends and former colleagues.
We enjoyed the pre-dinner drinks – sparkling wine for the ladies, a dry white for the men – along with some savory bites.
The children of the house came to hang out with us at the large island in the gorgeous modern/industrial farmhouse kitchen, right about the time The Grill-Meister was talking up the Glover Gardens blog, the recipes I’m sharing here and collecting for a cookbook someday, and my most recent 5-minute concoction, the Savory-Sweet Apple Appetizer. He showed a picture to our hosts, and I described “the formula” I use for this type of quick appetizer, along with the specific ingredients for this one. I didn’t realize the children were interested or even listening.
It was an uncharacteristically temperate evening in late August, so we moved outside to sip some red wine and wait for the Chicken Basque to finish baking so we could dine al fresco. The children remained inside, playing together, we thought. We had a lovely conversation about travel, jobs, pandemics, children and life, and were surprised when we were joined by the kids, who acted as wait staff and proudly gifted us with their own version of the 5-minute throw-down apple appetizer.
Our two chefs had asked their Dad to slice some apples for them when we went outside, having secretly developed their plan after hearing about my appetizer. They smeared peanut butter on their apples, scattered walnuts around them, then drizzled honey. The formula, as documented in the previous post, is:
Fresh ✚ Colorful ✚ Crunchy ✚ Creamy ✚ Sweet ✚ Salty (✚ Spicy) = Yum!
The kids, aged 6 and 10, had nailed it! The red apples were both their fresh and colorful components, and joined the walnuts for the crunch. Peanut butter was both creamy and salty, and the honey provided the sweetness. They didn’t do the optional spicy touch; perhaps when they are teenagers. 😊
It was delightful to be served by two smart and talented children who are obviously good listeners, and it proved the concept of knowledge transfer on this appetizer formula.
The chicken was good, too!
It was a lovely evening, and such a rare occurrence these days to dine at someone else’s house.
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