Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tapas for December

We had our final Tapas Night for the year last night, and as usual, it was well attended and there was a lot of great food brought, and enjoyed. 

We also did a fun Grinch or Dirty Santa gift exchange, which I think is just the most fun ever.   I love seeing what people bring and fight steal from each other.   I've noticed that wine is always a popular item, and there were a few bottles floating around last night.   We had everything from a car wash kit to a Christmas tree ornament and lots of fun stuff in between. 

But this blog is about food, so without further ado, or more hyperbole, here's the rundown.

Sliced Lunch meats with some Ciabatta Rolls











Almond Chicken Fingers with Sweet and Sour Sauce and Mango Chutney.   I'll be sharing this recipe later on, well, within the next day or so. 

 Fruit, and if you notice the little Santa toothpick holder, well, he was in the spirit of the occasion last night.
 Ambrosia.  Yum. 
 Chicken Tagine, a dish I'd never had before, and so appreciated being able to try.   
 Appetizers, and very good.  Look how pretty, I just love seeing how people serve their food.

 Cranberry Salsa, a little different take on regular old cranberries.
 Guacamole, you just can't go wrong with that.













 There was this pretty pink stuff.  Sorry, I didn't get a chance to taste it.    And I thought I'd not taken its picture either, but somehow got the picture in the wrong folder.  But that bowl shape is to die for.  I like unusual dishes.
 Fruit salad, tastes great.



 This was tasty as well.  












Taco casserole.  A fun dish, and it was popular.



 A rather blurry shot of some meatballs, (sorry)













 
This was fun and different, a nice spread with all kinds of cool veggies on it. 










Cuban Black Beans and Rice,  I have some of this residing in my fridge right now, and will be eating it shortly.  









And then there were the desserts: 
We had everything from cookies, to cake to pie to rum balls to eclairs.   I think they can all speak for themselves.  But just in case, I decided to label them as well.

 Cookies
 Rum balls.   Love those guys
 Brunekager  I did take some better pictures, but you'll have to go and read all about how to make Brunekager to see them. 
 Chocolate Cake and some lovely fresh Pecans.  (we do live in the south you know, and there are always Pecans here. 
 Pumpkin Pie
Eclairs and Cream Puffs. 













And I have to say, if you go home hungry from my house on a Tapas Night, it's your fault.

I think a good time was had by all, I know I had fun, and now I'm going to go and relax, wash a couple of wine glasses and remember some of the conversations I had last night.  
Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

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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