Summer Small Plates

7 Aug

It’s no secret that I could easily live on small bites. It’s definitely my preferred style of eating. Casual, relaxed and the the opportunity to try just a little bit of everything. Why would I eat any other way? Here in Vancouver we are having some very warm days, particularly this last week. So no way do I want to put on the oven.

We’re still waiting for our own tomatoes. They continue to show promise and we’ve harvested them in twos and threes but we are still not quite at salad production levels yet. So I thought we’d practice with some nice store bought, local,  mini San Marzanos and make a nice Caprese. The basil was freshly harvested from our own garden.

Caprese Salad. Photography © 2012 Helena McMurdo

We picked up some Bocconcini at Zara’s in the Granville Island Public Market and while we where there took the opportunity to purchase some of their delicious pasta. Ravioli stuffed with Butternut Squash seemed to be all the rage in the last few years and even though we seem to see it everywhere I can’t get tired of this combination.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter. Photography © 2012 Helena McMurdo

I simply cooked the pasta in water in a shallow pan for about 3 minutes and then drained the water and removed the pasta. In the same pan I melted some butter and threw in some sage leaves and then added the pasta back to the pan and tossed for 2 minutes or so. Luxurious and delicious.

Antipasto Plates. Photograpy © 2012 Helena McMurdo

No stop to Granville Island would be complete without a visit to Oyama Sausage Company.  The thing I like most about this place is when standing in line you can meet someone from every country that ever made a sausage. Some Spanish Serrano and one of my all-time favourite charcuterie items Rosette de Lyon made this meal complete.

What are your favourite summer dishes?

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3 Responses to “Summer Small Plates”

  1. Stay-At-Home-Chef August 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Mmmm…LOVE Zara’s butternut squash raviloli! As for summer dishes, Colin makes this delicious cucumber carpaccio with balsamic and olive oil and fresh basil. Paired with a watermelon and feta salad it all says summer fresh to me!

    • Silent H August 8, 2012 at 11:51 am #

      Anything made by your significant other is a lovely dish! But I must say I do really like the sound of the watermelon and feta salad.

  2. sybaritica August 9, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Lovely ravioli.

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