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Open House: Delicious Snacks
One of the most difficult tasks for me as a cook is to provide drop-in guests with snacks. We live on the sea — a great attraction to friends, family and people we hardly know!!
So we get these phone calls: "We're on our way to ... and want to drop in for a cup of coffee and say hello, if that's okay with you guys?" Yes, it's okay, but guess who has to provide a plate or platters of eats in a hurry! And as we do not live close to well-stocked shops, about the only things I can buy ready-made are cold meats and bread! Not very inspiring!
Or I have to provide eats for a few friends: not lunch or dinner, just tasty cakes, pies, pastries or savouries. And I don't feel like turning the kitchen into a food factory ...
(Please, Good Fairy, send me three handmaidens to shop, chop, help prepare — and do all the cleaning up afterwards!)