I love serendipitous moments, especially when they emanate from the kitchen.
My most recent serendipitous moment came as I was prepping an antipasto table … you know, a variety of tasty little dishes like the crustless artichoke and chard pie I posted the other day, caponata, roasted peppers, artisanal cheeses, crusty bread, and assorted other Italian delicacies to accompany a couple of varieties of wine.
An antipasto table is a great way to entertain because everyone loves it (especially me)
and everything can be done well in advance.
Back to my ‘moment’. With everything prepped and time to spare, I looked around the kitchen and spotted a sweet Vidalia onion and some plum tomatoes sitting in the vegetable basket and a new item for the antipasto table was born.
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I was not standing on solid ground as I’d never made this particular dish before, but I had a sense it would turn out well. I just didn’t know how well! The photos don’t do it justice but you trust me, don’t you? This was a true moment of serendipity! It’s a dish I will do again … and again. Next time, however, I’ll make a bigger batch and keep it in a jar in the refrigerator because a spoonful would make a wonderful base to a wide variety of dishes.