I wanted to invite some friends over before we 'put Christmas away' and wanted to make it simple for me and all of them, too. So I came up with the idea of 'build your own nacho supper'. I think I have confessed on this blog in the past that during ultra-busy times on the farm when we are too tired to cook supper late at night, one of our stand-by dinners is a very simple nacho supper with (relatively) healthy chips, black beans and garlic, roasted sweet potatoes, and home-made salsa as the bare bones of a meal. I usually would add some greens, as much for color on the plate as an added vegetable to this simple and quick supper.
So in some ways I thought 'bingo-easy!' but then I thought, 'oh no, so lame!' However, whew! I then remembered that I invited some of our best friends who were just happy to be together without any 'show' necessary.
We provided the chips, some pulled spicy chicken, some black beans with garlic, and our home-made salsa, asking our friends to bring a topping of their choice to add to the variety of options. I didn't say 'you bring xxxx and then so-and-so will bring yyyyy'. I just let it happen as a true pot-luck.
In addition, i also asked our friends to just bring any left-over holiday treats still hanging around the house to share.
It was GREAT!! What an easy and fun dinner!
There were no duplicates, none at all. Here is what was brought to add to our toppings:
• chopped cabbage and green onions from a local hoop house
• grated organic cheddar cheese
• guacamole (none of us are 100% locavores - avocados are very hard to give up!)
• multiple hot sauces
• roasted sweet potatoes
• caramelized onions
• roasted peppers and onions
• salsa verde
• I'll bet I have forgotten something that was scrumptious!
|(Photo: Black beans with Spanish Roja garlic and one Thai chili pepper for a bit of a kick)|
|(Photo: Nachos and multiple hot sauces)|
|(Photo: Build it yourself nachos - yum, yum - oh I love good food!)|
Best of all? Sharing our new home, sharing our farm, sharing food, sharing conversations, being with friends and sharing the evening.
Here is the food blessing I read before our meal that night:
We eat and we are revived, and we give thanks
to the lives that were ended to nourish our own.
May we merit their sacrifice, and honor
their sparks of holiness
through our deeds of loving kindness.
We give thanks to the Power that makes for a Meeting,
for our table has been a place of dialogue and friendship.
We give thanks to Live.
May we never lose touch with the simple joy and wonder
of sharing a meal.
~~ Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro (b. 1951)
Everyone raved about the meal. No one thought it was lame........ (whew!) :-) What would you have brought as a topping? Suggestions?
Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row,
Diana Dyer, MS, RD