Friday, July 11th was a balmy evening, the calm before the storm that would be teaching, unpacking, therapy-ing, and and pre-limming in just over a week. When Rob got home from work, we put together a really relaxing dinner, inspired by these little glasses of rosé.
We wanted something simple and refreshing for our evening together, and It started with a gorgeous sausage link, made by Sausage Craft, a local small-batch sausage maker here in Richmond (http://sausagecraft.com/).
It is truly amazing stuff. A little more expensive than the usual sausage links you’d pick up at the grocery store, but not totally unreasonable (this link was $6, if I’m not mistaken). It’s not something we get terribly often since it’s not tons of meat for the price, but it’s a nice splurge and we love supporting the local company and their ethical methods.
While Rob prepared the sausage, I decided to put together kind of a fruit and cheese board. Normally you’d have summer sausage or some type of chilled meat with accompaniments like these, but we had hot sausage and we didn’t care.
I sliced some apples and broke out Ritz crackers that I’d impulse-purchased to accompany some tuna salad I’d made earlier that week for lunch. I thought they’d add a nice carby component to our little composition.
I also bought some smoked mozzarella cheese on my previous visit to the grocery store. I feel like I’m at my most indulgent when I’m buying nice cheese - which is excellent, because it’s not a very expensive habit, especially when combined with my general frugality regarding clothes and other material stuff. So if spending $5 on cheese makes me a high roller, so be it!
I also chopped up some berries and made a little dipping plate of Greek yogurt and honey. I’ve found this is a nice pairing with fruit, if I feel like it needs to be sweeter (and sometimes it really doesn’t). Since we had lots of fruit on this plate, it was nice to have that dipping option on the platter.
And of course, we had our sausage. Meat, cheese, fruit, and big fancy cutting board? Check. Time to move it to the patio to enjoy with our rosé.
That’s a summery meal if I ever saw one. I parked the cutting board right between the two of us so we could both eat from it without having to dirty additional dishes. Here’s a wonky picture of it.
We sat outside for I think about two hours, under my lovely bulb lights, both eating to our heart’s content. So often, I plan a specific recipe ahead of time spend a lot of time and energy in the kitchen, mixing and adding so many components together to make one big dish, and then I’ll throw together a salad or some canned veggies as an afterthought loosely related to variety and nutrition. And as much fun as I usually have in that process, what a welcome change of pace this was - to just eat plain ingredients. I sometimes forget that that’s even an option. Kind of like how Rob forgets how to smile like a real person.
This dinner, though including some nice quality ingredients, was so simple and refreshing, not unlike our slow and relaxed Friday evening. I think about this night frequently when planning meals now - it opens my eyes in circumstances when I look in my fridge and say “there’s nothing to eat!” Sometimes it doesn’t have to be an artfully combined recipe - a little plate of things you have can go a long way.