Some friends called unexpectantly the other day, it was lovely to see them. When people come to call I love to give them something delightful to drink and a nibble or two to eat.
Snacks and drinks don't have to be complicated or tricky - take it from me when people come to call I don't want to spend ages cooking, I want to spend ages with them. So I heated some of these Marks and Spencer Falafels and served them with a big bowl of houmous into which I had grated the rind of a lemon.
Into another bowl went some of these Marks and Spencer, Spirit of Summer Carnival Chips. Packets of crisps and tubs of houmous are always worth having on hand because you never know when chums will come to call and chips and dips are great snacks to have on hand. Although you may have to be careful like me and make sure you don't eat the crisps ... Good crisps are possibly one of my faourite things - they are nearly a food group, right?
Olives are another storecupboard or fridge staple, they are great sliced into wraps, served with a martini or an evening drink, or nibbled before dinner. These Marks and Spencer Spirit of Summer Greek Kalamata olives are fruity and firm, plump with a sharp smooth taste. I get the one's stuffed with pimento and garlic.
The Spirit of Summer onion rings and dirty fries are two of my favourites.
Now what to serve to drink ... I always have punnets of frozen raspberries in the freezer and a bottle of Marks and Spencer rose extract in the cupboard. These two ingredients can make a gin cocktail sparkle.
In the bottom of a fishbowl glass add a handful of raspberries, two drops of rose extract, ice to cover and a good measure of Sipsmith Gin - the sweetness in this gin works brilliantly with the raspberries and rose extract. Top with sparkling water and serve.
Food for friends can be delicious with storecupboard ingredients, it just needs a few ideas to sparkle.
That's it for now ...
Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable