Is there anything more wonderful than a night at the Hollywood Bowl? Last night we joined several friends for an evening under the stars to hear The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Although I’m a big fan of Brian’s, I was most excited to see Leslie Spencer making her debut at the Bowl. Go Les!
You never can be sure if there will be an opening at a picnic table, so we decided upon a simple tapas dinner. My colleague Sonya had generously shared with me a bowl of figs from her tree, and I found an idea for them on one of my favorite food blogs, A Feast for the Eyes. I wrapped each fig with a slice of proscuitto, with a dab of brie cheese tucked inside, then placed them on a skewer. I finished them by placing on the grill for a short time, so the cheese would soften a bit. Delicious and so very easy! Thanks, foodiewife, for a great idea.
Having spent half the day meeting with a new client and at a property inspection, I didn’t have a whole lot of time for food prep before hopping on the shuttle for the Bowl, so I decided to keep it simple and made goat cheese crostinis. I thinly sliced a baguette, drizzled each piece with olive oil, and toasted the crostinis in the oven. Fortunately I had a few toppings on hand from recent canning experiments, including: tomato basil marmalade, pickled fennel with orange zest (both from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc cookbook), and rosemary onion confit (The Pickled Pantry by Andrea Chesman).
What a great meal! I was dazzled the next day with your Bowl picnic. That tomato Marmalade was outstanding and you have me craving the wrapped figs. Great work and thanks for sharing!