Sunday, May 22, 2016

Tapas for May

 It's been a couple of months since we've hosted Tapas. 
But I got into the swing of things, sorta and we had fun last night.   I'll tell you all about it at the end of this post. 

Pineapple Bird
I had fun making this little guy. I'd seen a video on FB and a friend who knows how to pick out ripe pineapples brought me one, and I had to do it.  It was not a Pinterest fail.  At least I don't think so.

I'll tell you all about it in a later post.

But for now, let me share what everyone else brought, and then I'll tell you about my adventures...
And I had some, in the kitchen.

First up.  These mushrooms, and just after I took the picture I sampled one, and then went back and sampled more.
What can I say, I love Mushrooms.
Baked Mushrooms
 This little guys, very tasty.
 Pineapple Salsa, if you notice the bird is keeping an eye on it. This had such a lovely spice to it.
Pineapple Salsa
There were these yummy wings, and look at the pretty platter they're on. I love pretty serving pieces.
And then there was this Chicken Pie... which was so good.  I'm such a sucker for Chicken Pie.
Next up, some Tortilla Rollups, mine never look this pretty.
and a quick overview of the table, the flame lilies are so pretty in the middle.
Next these little yummy bites.  Set on some yellow summer squash with a pepper medly and sausage.
A Sausage bread roll.  Really unique and fun.  Tasted good too.
Pasta Salad.  Nuff said.  Well, not really, I got to keep some last night and it was a good breakfast.
Harriett makes some of the most creative things.  And these Deviled Eggs are some of them. The yellow were Curry and the green were Avocado.
There was also some Cheese and Crackers which are always well received.
 There was also a Seafood Salad, which was good.
I'm not forgetting dessert either.
Everyone went wild for this.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge.   I got the recipe and will be making it soon, for us.   And I'll share with you as well.  

And then there was me...
Or rather what I made.  Some Spring Rolls, which I've made before and will make again, I'm sure.
Also this Crockpot Pork Loin, which my sister made the last time I visited with her.  Hers was much better.
and I also made some Za'atar Pita Chips to go with some hummus.  I had adventures making them, I tell ya.
and there was the Parrot, but you've seen that already.
Deviled Eggs with Black n' Bluesy Seasoning from Legions of Spice.  I just added a teaspoon of the spice to my already prepared egg filling, which gave it that lovely orange tint along with some extra flavour.  They gave me some of the seasoning to play with, and so far I've used it with the Cajun Shrimp Spring Rolls I made the other day, as well as the eggs today.  I'm thinking this would be great for Halloween eggs as well. 
Deviled Eggs with Black n' Bluesy Seasoning from Legions of Spice

And now for the adventures...
I wanted to make some Za'atar Pita Crisps to go with the Za'atar Hummus I'd made, but the first pan burnt. These were actually the only ones I rescued.  The second panful, ended up as an offering to the Kitchen Goddess, aka, the garbage can.  And I did eat a few along the way as well.  I like semi-blackened bread products.
What can I say?
 I wasn't too thrilled with the Spring Rolls either.  I could not get them rolled up tight enough.  But they were still edible.
At least I assume they were, since the plate got cleaned up.
For the first time, ever...  We only had one dessert, and it was so popular I thought things might get ugly, in case people didn't want to share (just kidding, sheesh).
I ran, well, walked quickly, to the freezer and grabbed out a Danish Almond Slice cake, which I also call a Kringle.  Thawed it, sliced it and set it out.
It disappeared as well. 
Danish Almonds Slice Cake.
 Well, that's it for this month.  
I've got the wine glasses washed and put away, the kitchen is tidied up and I'm going to go and relax for awhile. 

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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