Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tapas Night for November

I want to apologize, a lot of the links are broken here, and I've been fixing or attempting to fix them as quickly as possible.   

We had quite a turnout last night, standing room only.   Well, not quite, I did have some seating available.   But people seem to like standing around, talking, moving from one conversation to another and it was all good.

However, I'm sure you're not here to hear about the great people and conversations that we had, you want to know about the food. 

And we had food, wow.

We didn't quite have everything from soup to nuts, sometimes we do, but not last night.

We had dishes that showed influences from almost all the world.

I made a couple of items that I'd actually made and posted about earlier, but I thought that they deserved a repeat.

Let me just start with a couple of overviews of the tables.

Yes, I said tables.   I have two buffets, a regular table and an island.   They were all covered with food.

  From the front, clockwise.   Some Garlic Baked Mushrooms,  Cheese from Spain, Pumpkin Beignets, Chicken and Kohlrabi Slaw, Deviled Eggs, Casserole, Carrots, Cheese spread, Spring Rolls.
 And from the front, clockwise again..
Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts, Spring Rolls, Cheese Spread.

See what I mean?   Of course I did take some of the pictures after my guests had managed to consume  most of the offerings.

Now for the overview:
Pumpkin Beignets, and they were good.   A touch of Garam Masala for seasoning, and a couple of other spices.

Emanadas, and they disappeared in short order.

Deviled Eggs, always a popular choice, both to make and eat.

 I didn't get a chance to taste this, everytime I headed over to grab a bit, I got waylaid, but judging from the empty dish it was very good.  And it looked so pretty. 
 Carrots, I did manage to snag a taste in passing.  Very nice.
 I managed to get a shot of these bacon wrapped chestnuts, but didn't get a taste, they disappeared fast .
This was a popular dish, Lasagna, vegetarian even, but it disappeared fast.
 I didn't get a chance to try this either.  
 I'm not sure what these were, by the time I put the camera down, they were gone.
I do want to say, that both dishes the food was on were made by a local potter, she does some lovely work.
 Jon brought his beans again, and as usual, they were so good.
 Can't go wrong with deviled eggs, really, you can't.
 Stuffed Jalapeno's, didn't take long for them to disappear.

There was also this wonderful shrimp dish, which I did get a chance to taste.   It was so good on top of a cracker. 
Brie and Pepper Jelly on bread, and as you can see from the picture, by the time I got around to taking the picture, they were pretty much gone.

I got one shot of this taco dip, and it was popular. 
I mean this is one of those great go to ideas. 

I had fun with some dishes I made as well.   I'd made these Chicken and Kohlrabi Slaw Bites for an event earlier in the week, and decided to make them again.   I even made a few vegetarian.   This time round I added a little bit of Cranberry Chutney to it, more for color.   And it tasted good as well.

 I made some of my No-Knead bread.   Well, actually I made two loaves, but only one was eaten.
 I'd picked up some cheese at Trader Joe's the last time I was in the 'big' city.  The label on it said it was for Tapas, and gee, I had to buy it and serve it.  I also put out a wedge of brie, cause it was hiding in the fridge.
 I served this Antipasto plate alongside the bread, one of those just for fun ideas.  Besides which, I love having different foods out.
 I also made some more Garlic Baked Mushrooms.  And this time I remembered to squeeze a lemon on top.  I have to say, that totally transformed the dish.   I think I have my new go to way of cooking mushrooms, at least while it's still cold outside. 

And no one saw me dip a piece of bread into the juice that was left on the bottom of the dish, did they?

I also threw some Spring Rolls together.   They're quick and easy to do.  And good for you as well.
In fact I think I see some more in my near future.

Now, for the desserts:
I'm just going to let you look and drool here.    I didn't taste them all, I'm sorry to say.

 Shortbread cookies
 Apple Pie
 Lemon Pie
 Partridge Berry Cake, and I did try a piece of this.  I had to.  The berries were brought all way from Newfoundland and I'd never had them before.   Heard of them, but never tried them.    To the best of my knowledge, they don't grow in B.C.   The taste reminded me of huckleberries.  

I was told these were yummy, but didn't get a chance to try them either.

To the left, a interesting take on a cake.   A yellow cake mix with a can of pumpkin, a cross between a pie and a cake.   And the sauce that was used over the top, made this very tasty.  I managed to snag a bit.  
At the back some brownies, apple pie, the lemon pie and I didn't get a shot of the crock pot chocolate peanut candies that were brought as well

I do try to take pictures of all the food, really I do, but, the whole purpose of Tapas Night is to get together with friends and enjoy their company, which is what I do.   The food is just a wonderful bonus.   A lovely, fattening bonus.

And I get to cook as well.  

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.

1 comment:

  1. Not quite able to walk yet, but will be OK soon. Great tables.


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