Growing up, my mom would sometimes make a small bite or appetizer from leftovers and serve it 30 minutes before dinner. She was the queen in making simple ingredients look festive in a matter of minutes—I can not claim that title. It was time to clean up the fridge, she would say. Shortly a beautiful small yet decorative platter with simple bites was served on the table.
It was also a clever way of bringing the family together; wetting our appetite and checking in with each other. Both of my parents were hard workers, so these special moments weren’t always possible. But I remember them with great fondness. My mom has the gift of making small things look big; simple things look festive—celebrating life at the most unusual moments.
Now that I am older and have a family of my own, I catch myself doing the same. Sometimes I bring everyone together before dinnertime—if our schedules permit— and serve little bites made from leftovers. I make it cozy with some simple table decorations—nothing special—offering a small drink; sharing some quality time over a bit of food made with love! I still am incredibly grateful for those lovely moments and forgive me for being a little bit too sentimental here over an appetizer!
For this recipe, I use a soft French Brie and don’t waste the rind. It is best to leave the Brie unwrapped out of the fridge for 30 minutes before combining it with the tuna. The cheese will soften at room temperature and obtain a creamy semi-solid texture.
Enjoy your lovely “small bite” moments! xxx