Thursday July 03, 2008
romance under the explosive colors of independence
Grab your favorite picnic blanket, a basket equipped with wine glasses, corkscrew, silverware, cloth napkins, salt, pepper and smartly wrapped foods; complimented by your favorite wine. You might want to also bring a small cooler filled with ice for the items that need to stay chilled.
I like to keep things simple. Finger foods, prepared foods, even take-out should all be considered when assembling your tasty treats. And be creative. Do something different. Shower your date with dazzling surprises. Instead of a bottle of wine, try whipping up a couple of martinis beautifully topped with slivers of hand-chipped ice. The possibilities for culinary magic are endless. Below are a few suggestions for the type of picnic you can assemble. If you plan on enjoying a long day or night together, bring fun things you can both do together: scrabble, share your favorite poetry, binoculars for people watching, or the NY Times crossword puzzle.
elegant picnic for two
- martini topped with hand-chipped slivers of ice
- endive leaves with taramasalata, red caviar, topped with a thinly sliced black olive ring
- kalamata olives
- octopus salad with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, with thyme
- chilled strawberry soup (served in the cleaned martini glasses)
- blueberry peach galette
Perhaps you are near a really good Japanese restaurant; think of the beautiful presentation this food brings. All you need to do is be creative with the colors of your set up. A beautifully patterned or bold colored blanket, red candle holders, plates for the sushi, and a good quality bottle of sake, chilled.
- an array of color sushi and sashimi
- a bowl of edamame
- mix of chicken and beef yakatori (skewered meats)
- chilled saki served with thin slivers of cucumbers slices
casual picnic for two
- smoked salmon served on black bread, with sweet butter, freshly squeezed lemon, and cracked black pepper
- sesame chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce
- fig n frisee salad
- pre-prepared creme brulee served with strawberries in good spirits on the side
Have a wonderful July 4th Weekend!