Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Tapas

I was feeling a little multicultural last night, so I indulged myself and made food from various parts of the world.  I channeled my Danish roots, got some Mexican, Italian and Japanese flavors going.

Having a variety of dishes is a good thing when it comes to Tapas Night.   And as usual,there was  lots of great food and conversations and general good times.

To start with, how about a couple of overviews of the table.
 And this view...

As you can see, we had lots of food, I do mean lots.
Let me show you the individual dishes...
This gorgeous, tasty, wonderful Broccoli Salad.  Get the feeling I like this kind of salad?  Yup I do.  I could make a meal of it.  
But I didn't, cause there was a lot more to sample.
These little stuffed buns of goodness.  They had ham inside and were baked with a sauce on top.  
Then there was this,
Potatoes au Gratin with Ham.
This little salad which had a nice perky taste.
Then... The Deviled Eggs appeared, and disappeared in short order.
We also had these little cheese toasts,

As well as a staple around here, Smoked Mullet Dip.  Now, I've had fried Mullet, but don't really care for it, but I love the Smoked Mullet Dip that we can get in our little part of the world.
And then there was this, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and they were eaten all gone. 

We also had a Taco/Chile Bake which was totally delicious as well.  I was told it didn't start out as such, but it evolved, and was totally yummy.
There was this Oriental Salad, which is another one of those salads I could just sit down and  make a whole meal from.

We also had some Chicken Stuffing Balls, I only got a couple of them.
And then there was the Gumbo, I got to use my new ladle for it.
I had to use it, and look, the elusive Nessie has been spotted.
 We also got lots of fruit as well.  A lovely fruit salad, alongside the infamous Santa with his pineapple
As well as this pretty fruit plate, and take a look at the toothpicks, are those not adorable?
We did have desserts as well, a lovely loaf alongside a pie, which was gone by the time I went to taste it.
We also had a stacked Apple Cake 
and a Cinnamon Bread.

 I did start off with saying that I made a couple of things as well.   For starters I did bake a loaf of my No-Knead bread and forgot to take a picture of it. sigh.   And the food I made ran the gamut from my Danish roots, to Mexican style to Japanese to a kind of Italian feature as well as the Indian with the Naan.
I didn't really try anything new, I had plans to try a new recipe, but fell back on a couple of tried and true recipes.   Jalapeno's were on sale at the grocery store and I picked some up.   So I made Stuffed Jalapeno's.
 And then I made some Karry Sild, (Curried Herring) cause I've been craving it lately, and am just glad I got to taste this, cause it was pretty popular.  I served it alongside my No-Knead Rye Bread.
I also made some Pizza Hummus, cause I like it, but not too much got eaten of it, but that's OK, cause now I've got lunch covered for a few days.
And finally...
I made some Tonkatsu Pork with Katsu Sauce, and I'll share that recipe in a later post, I've made it in the past and it was pretty good.
That's it for this month, now to go and wash the glasses from last night.  I like to do that in the morning, and remember the conversations I had the previous evening.  
We won't be doing Tapas next month, but I will be going to a fantastic Valentine's Party and I'll sneak my camera in, take pictures and tell you all about the wonderful food I find.   I'll be making some French Waffles to bring as my contribution.

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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