I had to snap this picture for you not so much for the food, but because I just love the serving tray!
For all the cooking I do, my kitchen is not stocked with fancy gadgets, or even dishes that are functional, colorful, or in a few cases very good quality! You may be surprised to see how pathetic my collection of eating utensils is (mismatched forks, knives, oh - and spoons that are overly bent from my ice-cream habit and not having patience for it to melt... I really should post a pic of this some time)!
Anyhow, I knew I wanted a basic crudite for the party with my Creamy Hummus from Vive. Adults and kids both enjoy picking at different veggies and having some hummus to dip them in, or to have along with chips or breads. Usually, I try to arrange the veggies around a large plate and put the hummus in a smaller bowl in the center... which doesn't work the best.
I thought I'd check one store - just one. If I found something funky and great there, then I'd pick it up. So, a the day before the party I popped to Winners (a Canadian chain of stores), and found this very cool tray. What I love best about it is that the smaller trays all fit together into a larger base tray. So, rather than try to find room in your fridge for this whole (quite large) tray, you can pop the smaller pieces here and there in your fridge, and then remove them just before serving and assemble in the base. So practical! I love it! Plus, it's colorful, and easy to clean!!
Next time I may put two different dips in the centre trays. I just had one hummus made, so I filled the other tray with olives. They complement the hummus fabulously, and were quickly polished off!
Oh, and don't you just love those easy, 'meant to be' shopping experiences? I really don't have the patience (or time, really) to shop around and around to find the right thing at a decent price. This day, this tray was waiting for me!