Mini-meals are fun whatever you call them - meze, hors d'oeuvres, dim sum - and they are adaptable to almost any meal scenario that busy lives and family activity may demand.
Tapas and hors d'oeuvres are established party food, ideal for entertaining. But small bites and downsized portions are also a good way to keep other mealtimes light and fun, and can have useful health benefits for weight-watchers.
Sharp knives and kitchen gadgets can help the cook turn out neatly trimmed, diminutive tapas and hors d'oeuvres. Some tips:
n Garlic press: Use it to mince whole garlic or even press black olives for a tasty tapenade. A good-quality press will allow you to mince more than one garlic clove at a time.
n Pizza cutter: Cut pizza or even sandwiches into attractive, bite-sized portions. Be sure that your pizza cutter has a large, stainless-steel blade that removes for easy cleanup.
n Cheese knife: This knife is suitable for cutting soft and hard cheeses without leaving cheese stuck to the blade.
n Vegetable peeler: This standby is used to peel fruits and vegetables but can also be used for shaving chocolate.
n Ice cream scoop: This scoops every last bite of ice cream from the container without bending. It's also great for scooping seeds from melons and controlling potato salad portions.
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