I love food for sharing.
I love arranging it in the middle of the table with a pile of plates and cutlery so that everyone can dive in. I love the fact that there is passing round of dishes and leaning over each other to reach the best bits. I love that food to share sparks off conversations – it’s friendly food.
It’s also, often, casual, easy, ‘throw it together at the last moment’ food. It is not pretentious or fancy – it’s simple, laid back and stylish. And it can be entirely shop-bought or much more homemade – see how you are feeling on the day. Or if you know you are going to be in a rush, this could all be prepared in advance – you can even get everything ready in individual bowls and chill them in the fridge. Be sure to bring all the ingredients to room temperature before it’s time to eat – the flavours will be so much improved.
When we have friends round for dinner, I often choose at least one sharing course – often the starter … I think of it as a ‘picky starter’. We can chat, eat, pick and share while we relax into the evening and while the rest of the dinner is cooking….