There is something very uplifting about a mid week “girls only” outing.It’s not really something you have to do or even ‘need’ to but when it happens it’s definitely a lot of fun. A “wine and cheese” evening was suggested by a friend and I loved the idea of spending time relaxing and catching up with the others….Like she said ‘it’s not about the food’….so ,I was all set to put my foodie thoughts aside and focus only on the company and conversation,an equally pleasurable task,if I may add !
A bit of this ,a dollop of that , a smear of this and a drizzle of that…the action had begun and no one seemed keen to stop…the marinated olives and bites of pineapple and jalapenos…I was in foodie paradise.For me personally,it was just what I needed after a particularly long day,the freshness of the green grapes and lusciousness of the juicy strawberries were so reviving.I did sample some cheeses for the first time ,a red cheese,which had a smoky flavour and a cheese with nettles…interesting,though ,not my favourite ! Gouda,blue cheese,cheddar ,some flavoured,some plain…with little rounds of bread and crackers,loads of laughter in between ,ended on a sweet note with chocolate fondue with berries and cake for dunking…I’d say it was the perfect evening and oh…it “was not about the wine” !!!!
All of these cheeses are available at Godrej Nature basket which is open in the metros.In Coimbatore,we do have quite a good variety available at Nilgiris and Nuts n Spices…except for the goat cheese.
So,my reason for sharing this, is,a relaxed evening with friends can be special without having to slave over a hot stove…although my host did go to a lot of trouble ,as is evident ! It’s something to consider,the next time you plan an all girls evening…. iced tea and a variety of mocktails will go great with cheeses too !