I often serve a large board of antipasti when I entertain. Plus, I will frequently have a bit of cheese, a carb and maybe some charcuterie accompanying a glass of red wine to snack on after work or while cooking dinner. But, I adore antipasti for a fun meal for myself. Rick Steves calls himself "a picnic connoisseur" and promotes picnicking as a cultural and economical way to experience Europe. This traveler relishes picking up picnic supplies from the local market. I have taken his advice and memories of picnics in the Tuileries Garden in Paris are among my favorite of the trip. Mr. Steves enjoys picnics so much that he also creates them at home. I rarely transform antipasti into a bigger lunch or dinner just for me, but should meal plan for it every once in awhile in the future.
This is today's antipasti lunch. It features cheddar cheese, Toasteds Harvest Wheat crackers, Genoa salami, and my favorite vegetable, red bell pepper. This is actually my poor version of antipasti. It is certainly a cheap meal. The salami was on sale. The meat and cheese are both store brand. I would have preferred prosciutto but that would have cost a bit more for half the amount of meat. Another vegetable would have been nice. Ideally, I would have also traded the crackers out of my pantry for good bread. I have it on a small salad plate in order to keep my portion size in check (as I am trying to lose a little weight). Perhaps I will publish a rich version of it here on the blog or as an extra on Instagram. Anyway, I enjoyed my little lunch. Furthermore, I look forward to this quick and easy meal that means so much during the rest of spring and throughout the summer.