Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Boat Club for October

It's been a long summer and we're finally back to meeting once a month at the Boat Club for a potluck.  The potluck is actually sponsored by a few people who belong to the Boat Club and are gracious enough to invite people to come in and socialize and have lots of great food once a month.
We've been attending the past few years and love it.  Not only do we get to meet with people, enjoy great conversations, we also get to eat.
I like to eat.
Especially when people bring food like they did this month.
We had everything from Shrimp Etouffee to home made Cinnamon Rolls and  Blueberry Cobbler/Pie that was to die for.   There was some smoked pulled pork, Black Beans and Rice, Pasta and Cheese and ...
Just take a look, and I'll tell you what they were.
And there were a lot of people there last night, some we hadn't seen for months so it was wonderful catching up.
And eating.
And talking.
And eating.
This was my plate once I made my way through the line.
Do you know how full your plate can get when you just take a taste of everything?

And this too.

By the time I had gotten through the plate, and my bowl of Brunswick Stew I was stuffed.  

But I did save a teeny little corner for dessert, which I will tell you about later.

For now here are the starters...

Santa and his Pineapple...

A lovely Relish Plate. It had Artichokes on it and I got one.
It's the little things that get me excited. 

I made a Deviled Ham Spread alongside some of my Seeded Crackers and then forgot to take a picture but I did pretty it up with some chives from my Chive plant.

 There was Pizza...
 And this Rice and Chicken dish, and one of these days I'm going to find out who brings it, cause I love it and I want the recipe.  
 Smoked Pulled Pork. 
A southern staple.   See the little black bits in there?
Those are the 'bark' and they add so much flavour.
 There was even some Pasta and Cheese.
I was happy.
 And here's another staple down here.
Brunswick Stew. 
It's a conglomeration of smoked meat, vegetables, tomatoes all cooked down into this glorious stew.

I'll share a recipe on how to make this soon.

As soon as it cools down some more. 
 And you have to have Cornbread.  Cooked in a cast iron skillet.  This is the only way to cook it. 
Unless of course you don't own a cast iron skillet, at which point you can use a good baking dish.
 Then there was this lovely rice and sausage bake.

I have to say that next to pasta, rice is one of my favourites.  And there were a lot of rice dishes last night.

I was happy.
 We had vegetable as well.  There were these Carrots cooked with some Tarragon and Candied Ginger.  My mom would have loved this.  She did like her candied ginger.   And you know, it was good.
 Black Beans, Rice and Sausage, can't go wrong with this combo.  It was good.
 Some more Pulled Pork, and yes I tasted some.
 Here's the Shrimp Etouffee  and it was lovely and spicy and went so well with the Dirty Rice. 
It's customary to serve it over plain rice, but the Dirty Rice added a nice touch.
And the Dirty Rice.

I do make this for myself from time to time, and come to think of it, I've never shared how to make it.

I think I need to remedy that.  Cause, now I want some more and I do like my Dirty Rice.

I think I might have mentioned that there were a lot of desserts last night as well. 

 There was this Blueberry Crumble/Pie and it was outrageously good. 
Fresh out of the oven, hot and OMG good.

 I didn't get to taste this, but it looked like a Peach Cobbler and it was gone by the time I got to the desserts.

But at least I got a picture.
 As was this Pie. 

Gone I mean, by the time I got to the Dessert table.
 And then there were these. 
Home Made Cinnamon Rolls, and I did manage to taste one.

And it was good, very, very good.
 There were cookies, and some grapes, you can see in the background there.


Nuff said.

I mean, DOUGHNUTS!!!!

And I missed getting a picture of the Banana Bread and another dessert.   I do try, but I got waylaid by the rest of the food.

So that's it for this month, and as I said, it was all good. 

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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