Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May Tapa's and Oatmeal Cake


I know you've been waiting with bated breath for pictures of the food from our Tapa's night this month. You haven't? Geee, and here I thought you all would be wanting to hear all about it. Well, I really don't care, I took the pictures and have a new recipe and if you don't have to read any further you don't have to. So there.

Despite the fact that it was a holiday weekend, we still had a few people come and as always, the variety of appetizers brought and consumed was top notch. And best of all I got a new recipe and also got to try something I would never have tried. Mainly cause I would never have thought of putting those two items together. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I've had a busy couple of weeks cooking and demo'ing so I really wasn't up to making anything really elaborate, I put together a Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Hummus, (the recipe and how to's will follow in a day or so), some spicy dip, cheese and crackers. How simple is that? But, as usual our guests brought some cool stuff. A totally delightful Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Asian dipping sauce (I still have some of the sauce in my fridge, but don't tell anyone), Pimento Cheese Stuffed Pears, Potato Salad, Crab Dip and Crackers, Carrot Loaf and Chutney, Oatmeal Cake and Rice Krispie Bars. I want to say something about the Stuffed Pears here. I tried them out of politeness, cause I'm not very fond of canned pears, well, pears in general, but it made a believer out of me. I have to try making this up sometime, maybe the next time I'm with my sibs, I think they would all get a kick out of it. And I know I won't be passing it up if it's served to me again. I really liked it. 
 
Cheese and Crackers and Spicy Dip with Naan Bread

Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Hummus with Naan Bread and Pita Crackers

Assorted Olives

Crab Dip, Carrot loaf and Potato Salad

Pears stuffed with Pimento Cheese, Crab Dip and Carrot Bread

Tenderloin with Asian Sauce, Rice Krispie bars, and in the back, the Oatmeal Cake.


And as for the recipe I wanted to share the one I got for the Oatmeal Cake. You actually bake it in an electric skillet. (Note to self, must get an electric skillet). I've had this a few times, and just fell in love with it. So good, and not real sweet either. And you can add chocolate to it, if you choose to.

Oatmeal Cake

Mix the following together and let stand 20 minutes,
1 stick Oleo (or butter)
1 cup Oats
1 ¼ cups boiling water

Mix by hand:
1 cup White Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
then add to the oat mixture.
Fold in the following;
1 ¼ c. flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease the skillet and pour batter in, bake at 350 deg. for 25 minutes
Icing
Bring to boil
1 stick Oleo or Butter
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup canned milk
add;
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup coconut

Mix and pour over cake.


Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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