Sharing platters

Sharing platters

By
Gillian Reith, Linsey Reith, Nichola Reith
Contains
13 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742706764
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

Some might disagree, but we are wholehearted believers in sharing food. Whenever we go out for dinner, the three of us never order the same dish. Ordering is a protracted process as we democratically decide upon our three favourite dishes to be passed around the table and shared. As sisters, we have such similar tastes in food that we can order for each other, only occasionally forgetting about idiosyncrasies such as Nichola’s mild allergy to scallops, Linsey’s hatred for eggs and Gillian’s dislike of tomato ketchup. In the past, new boyfriends have been quite shocked by our ‘your plate is my plate’ approach to eating. Those who didn’t embrace it did not last long!

Visiting Barcelona on a family holiday as teenagers was such a revelation for us. We discovered a style of eating designed to be shared and, even better, served in small portions, allowing nine dishes to be tasted instead of just three. We still love the Spanish and Mediterranean approach to eating and try, whenever possible, to carry it over to our café menu. When we’re catering for weddings and events, we always encourage people to consider sharing platters or family-style food service. If it were up to us, every meal would be served tapas style.

Many of our favourite food memories can be traced back to a great sharing platter (a good glass of wine also helps). During a tour of New Zealand a few years ago, Gillian and Nichola spent a perfect afternoon cycling between vineyards in the Marlborough region, tasting the famous Sauvignon Blanc and enjoying simple platters of olives, cold meats and cheeses to soak up the alcohol. It is fair to say the cycle home was a slow and wobbly one!

The key to a great sharing platter is simplicity. They are one of the easiest ways to put on a great spread at short notice. We have included a number of our most popular platter items but if you don’t have time to make a homemade pesto or pâté then a simple spread of great, fresh produce from a farmers’ market or quality supermarket will do just as nicely.

- Gillian

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