Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tapas for March

I'm trying to determine if I need breakfast today.    I sampled so many of the dishes last night, I'm still full this morning.  

I tasted them all, OK!

There was so much food last night and as usual, it was all good.

BTW, it  was our monthly Tapas get-together and while there wasn't as much of a crowd as usual, the food was topnotch.

Of course it usually is.   We have some incredible cooks in this area and they are more than generous with their offerings.

A lovely snacking quartet.  Hummus, tuna, various Corn chips and some nice crispy celery and cucumbers.  
 Pasta Salad.   I'm such a sucker for them. 

I don't make Pasta Salad for myself, cause I would eat the whole thing, and not even be sorry.

Until I stepped on the scale the next day....
 Baked Brie in a bread ring.   Doesn't it look lovely?  And it tasted so good.   There were actually two of them, and they were enjoyed. 
 Home made Lox.   Or as we say in Danish, gravlax.    I don't know if I should admit this or not, but I sampled several.   Leon makes some fun dishes.

Don't tell anyone, K?
 Yummy baked Chicken Drumsticks.   Next to wings, my favourite part of the chicken.  And these were delectably tender. 
 I love seeing what Harriet comes up with.   These were Corn fritters with bean and guacamole topping.  Really good.   And suitable for our vegetarian guests as well.
Kathleen brought a yummy asparagus carrot bake.   She also brought her pineapple which I neglected to get a picture of.   
These were really good.
 And then there was this bowl of guacamole.  
It was tasty as well.
 And some baked Sea Bass.  Which was tasty.
 I love dilly beans...

Lovely, spicy dilly beans. 

Did you know you can coat them in batter, deep fry them and they're even better?

I'm wicked, I know.
 Tempeh in Barbeque Sauce.  I hadn't had any for a long time, not one of the items that is sold in our local store.  Had forgotten how much I like it.











I'm not a food snob, I can go from a healthy tasty dish right to something a little more decadent like Bacon Wrapped Duck.    

That's not a problem for me at all. 

We had some last month as well, and OMG these were just as good.
 I made some Pita Crisps with Za'atar  and served them along with a commercial hummus dip.    I've made these before for NPA, but will also make them for myself for a light lunch from time to time as well. 










I also put together some Asian Style Meatballs and served them with some Satay Sauce.     I will share the recipe for them later on.   Cause they are something I will make again and again.
 I made some of my No-Knead bread cause it's usually a popular item.

Our guests ate it all. 

Good thing I made two loaves and kept one aside for us. 

Otherwise we wouldn't have had a chance to taste it.
Just for fun, I put out some grapes, cheese and crackers. 

You never can tell, some people just want to nosh.











And now for the desserts...


Donna made Cream Puffs, and it didn't take long for them to disappear.  

I managed to snag one.  

I'm told some people had one for an appetizer and then one for a dessert.

But I'm not naming names...
 Chocolate Cream Pie,
 Luscious Chocolate Cake.
 Home Made Chocolate Chip Cookies.  

I noticed they were popular as well.
Brownies...













Wait a minute, with the exception of the Cream Puffs, it was a chocolate kind of night.  


Well, that's it for me, I need to go wash some wine glasses, ponder on the wonderful conversations I had with our guests and then take a long, long, long walk.
I need to walk off some calories...
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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