Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tapas for February

We had a crowd last night for Tapas, and it was good.   People were laughing and talking and noshing on all the great food that was brought.

We had some lovely desserts, an incredible soup, lots of yummy side dishes and well, gee, go ahead and take a look...

 I made some Spring Rolls and also some No-Knead bread, and set out some cold cuts.

And played with my food a little and made a totally awesome dipping sauce for the Spring Rolls, I'll tell
you all about that in another post.   (Gotta keep you reading this blog, one way or another.)

I also made a Brie en Croute with some Fig Preserves, but I'll tell you all about that in another post. 
And here's the cast:

I'm going to start with Dessert first, cause I have my priorities...

There were these interesting cookies.   And I wish I knew who brought them, because I was asked by several different people if I knew who brought them, because everyone wanted the recipe.

Here's an appeal, if you brought these, please contact me and let me know if you want to share the recipe.  You have fans who want it.   Hey, I want it, I had one and they were fun and different and yummy.

Next up...
 Lemon Meringue Pie, one of my favourite pies, along with apple, cherry, blueberry, huckleberry, salmonberry, well, you get the drift, I like pie.
 An apple/pumpkin good bread/cake.  Moist and delicious.
 Didn't get a chance to sample this, but it looked good.
 Fudge, dark chocolate fudge.  Jon makes an awesome one. 
 And Geri brought fudge too, and it was good as well.  And look at that cute little dish, I love seeing pretty dishes being used.

Chocolate Silk Pie.  No other words are needed.

Pound Cake, always good.

And today I'm doing a left to right thing, the next buffet had these on it:
 A bread with a dilly dipping sauce, and it was good. 
This was fun.  A 'pizza' with cream cheese, broccoli and cauliflower on a baked croissant dough base.   Fun, I just love it when we get a wide variety of good food.

Buffalo Wings, nuf said?  I didn't get a chance to try them, but they sure disappeared fast.

 Hush Puppies with a ranch dipping sauce
 Chipped Beef Cheese Ball.  (and if you're wondering where your bowl went, it's in my fridge at the moment, just pick it up next Tapas Night).
Cowboy Caviar?  It was tasty.  I do love corn and beans and veggies all put together like that.

A little overview of the table.  

If you look real close you'll see a little toothpick holder there.  One of our friends picked it up at a yard sale and brought it with her to Tapas before Christmas.   We all loved it, and now she's forced to bring it with her to all gatherings, as well as some fruit.   Which I did not get a picture of.  She had some awesome pineapple.

 Meatloaf...    And it was good.  I love meatloaf, I can eat it hot, cold, warmed up, chopped up, on a sandwich, I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a late night snack. 

I think I need to make one for myself soon, rather than make myself hungry looking at this one.
 Cheese ball.   Last night was kinda the night of the Cheese Ball, I even made one. 

But I'll tell you about that in another post. 
 Roasted Veggies.  they smelled divine, and by the time I got back to get some, there were just crumbs left.  (don't tell anyone but scooped up the crumbs and ate them)

 Foccacia, doesn't that look good?  And it was.   I snagged a small piece.  I do love my bread.
 Ratatouille.   The crust on this was sublime.  And the veggies, yum.

Fresh Trout Ceviche.   I love Ceviche,  and this was awesome.   The first time I ever had Ceviche was in the Bahamas' and I fell in love with it then, and now I want to learn how to make it.   And this dish just solidified that wish.
 Deviled Eggs.   Pardon the blurry shot, but I tried to get a shot before I got elbowed aside.  Cannot go wrong with deviled eggs.  Always popular.
  Stuffed Strawberries.  And again pardon the photographer, sigh.  Actually, it was all my camera's fault.  It just doesn't like the color red.  And I had to shoot this with a flash, otherwise it would have really looked awful.

Oh and the strawberries were very good too.
 Cajun Coleslaw and just behind it some sweet pickles.  They came from Canada so you know they were good.  Imported pickles always are.

Last and really not least.   This soup.

Chicken Corn Chowder made with Register's sausage.    Register's is a kinda local brand, and is totally awesome. 

This soup was so good, most of it got eaten, and this was a large pot of soup.   I and many others who attended last night want the recipe.  So I'll be begging  asking for it.   And I will share it here.

And let me end with this shot of my Pistachio Craisin Goat Cheese Log.   I'll be sharing the recipe for that later on too. 

There you have it, another Tapas Night...

And best of all, I got to share it with some really wonderful people, the food was good too.

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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