Baby artichoke-I trimmed all the dark green leaves and the stem, then steamed them for about 10 minutes. Then I tossed them will olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted in the oven at 400 degrees for another 10 minutes. I had never had artichoke this way before but they turned out really good. I like anything roasted in olive oil.
Rainbow chard-This I sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Simple and delicious.
Beluga lentils- These were Trader Joe's pre-cooked lentils so they were easy-just warm and serve. Nice earthy taste.
Dried apricots- A definite favorite.
Kiwi-We decided this was the only element that we could have done without. A bit tropical compared to the rest of the spread. Now we know.
Garlic Baguette-Toasted, of course.
Brie-We kept half as-is and then baked the rest with cranberries and pecans on top. I'm partial to the cold variety-preferably with a nice glob of black current jam (as I was taught by my mom).
Not bad for an impromptu little din-din. We were pretty happy with how it all came together. Good converstion, happy tummies, and beautiful, simple food.