Many people feel that they cannot enjoy a proper meal without taking the time for shopping, preparing and cooking. And who has the time for that? Your partner and friends can always enjoy a good forage:
The Cheese. Don’t think you have to be a total foodie to compile a good cheese arrangement. Start with some opposites, such as a cheddar and some brie. Whatever you like.
The Wheat. A couple of different types of crackers will do, and maybe any leftover french bread.
The Drink. That’s what friends are for. Have them bring the bottle (s).
The Etc. A good dry salami, delicate prosciutto or basic ham from your local deli counter (or whatever is left in your fridge) is always a good compliment to the cheese.
Arrange 3-4 cheeses, the wheat and the etc. on a large wooden cutting board or serving platter and have the wine glasses waiting. If you have a herb garden, grab whatever is the most plentiful and use as a garnish on the tray.
The point is that you will be sitting down to a nutritious (but yes, high in fat) meal with good company that takes little prep time.
Some cheese and wine experts may balk at my advice. True, some people go all out, supplying proper utensils such as cheese knives and researching the proper wine to accompany each type of cheese. Now that takes time. I’d rather get on with it and enjoy the food and the company, the most important part!