Sunday, November 25, 2012

November Tapas Night

Can't believe it's been a month since the last Tapas night.   We had a houseful again last night and some totally awesome food as well.   I did notice that a lot of it was just a little 'lighter' than usual.  Probably cause too many of us stuffed ourselves at Thanksgiving.    I was also running behind myself yesterday, just could not get myself together,  probably because I was making a Boston Cream Pie for a friend, and it got a little tricky.   I'll be posting pictures and the how not to's a little later on.

And the pictures this month, really, are pretty lousy.   I apologize.  Next month, I'll use the other camera.  It seems to be better at taking pictures on the fly.  And I didn't get the picture of the caramelized onions on cream cheese, but I did taste it and fell in love.  But I'll make soon and post about that as well.   And without further ado.

 Rice Salad, really tasty.  Nice and light.
 Deviled Eggs, with toppings made from Peppers that were grown by the cook.   And I'm so sorry this is not a better picture.   I was told the eggs were yummy, but by the time I got over there, they were gone.  Next time I'm just going to have a plate in my other hand when I take pictures.
 In the foreground a Spicy Asian Bean dip, very nice.  And with a wonderful WHOOOHOO afterbite.   Sorry, I like spicy, and especially when it's layered spice.
In the background, goat cheese rolled in Herbe de Provence and some home made Labneh with Za'atar and EVOO.  (I made it, and it was very nice)

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 Kathy pureed some cilantro and added it to the sauce, really made a lovely statement. 
 Marinated Beans and Mushrooms
Blanched Green Beans, Mushrooms and Pimento's in an Asian Dressing.    I did overcook the beans a little, but they were still tasty.
Just blanch some beans, and quarter some fresh mushrooms, and pour some Asian Soy based dressing over top, add a jar of drained pimento's and a couple tablespoons of Sesame Oil.  Place in fridge and let marinate for a few hours and voila!  They were very tasty. 
 Sliced bread, cold cuts, Marinated Beans and a Noodle Kugel.   I love it when Robin makes this.   This is so totally delicious.
 Smoked Pork served with some Kumquats.   Very popular, in other words it all got eaten.  I did manage to taste it though, and it was so good.
 I made some sponge fingers and dipped some of them in the ganache and sandwiched others with the traditional whipped cream and jam.    They were OK, not great.  
 These were different.  Craisins, green onions and cream cheese.   I had a couple of them.   I just have to try and remember the ingredients though.  Oh wait a minute, I just wrote them down here.  Sorry, it's getting onto the silly season.

 Have you seen these yet?   Caramel filled Apples.   Now this is my idea of a Caramel Apple!   Easy to eat and totally yummy.   Tammy used my Caramel recipe to fill the apples, and said it was very easy.  
 What's left of the Boston Cream Pie I made.  I'll be posting the recipe later.   Let me just say this, it was a little tricky.  But oh, so good. 
Last and not least.   I didn't get a picture of this in the pot last night so I had to fudge it and take a picture of the soup Jon left me.   Which was so nice of him.   This is a Tomato Florentine soup and was so good.

So there you have it, a round up of the wonderful food people made and brought, but even better a reminder of another great party with good friends.       
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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