I've been itching to try one of those faceless frenzy's or other such event. What could not be fun about trying new recipes and then attaching a photo to it? I spent a fair amount of time last weekend looking for good recipes
bereft of photographic ID. I've found enough for a month of Faceless Fridays. I am hoping to make a five course meal every Friday in this format. However...
... I am currently suffering from food coma after my day of cooking and eating. I could easily have subtitled this post, "And Sunk By Butter." The five recipes I prepared were rich beyond all common sense. To have any one of
these recipes in your menu would have been delightful, but to eat all five in one day was just too much. I have a lot to learn about menu building. Before I share this menu with you, I want to give you the calorie count for the meal. Please don't tell anyone
at MyPlate about this. I don't need anymore drone fly overs! The calorie count for this meal was...
| Total Fat:
110 g | Cholesterol:
470 mg per serving. Almost a full days caloric intake in one meal. I am not proud of this.
For starters I made a really nice Pear and Blue Cheese Tart. I couldn't find premade tart shells so I used puff pastry. If I were to make this recipe over again, I would slice the onions differently. They were very long and
made eating the tart more challenging than it should have been. The flavors were good, but the texture of the filling wasn't as creamy as I would have liked it. Still, it was a really good starter that I will make again. You can find the recipe here:
Next was the salad course, and I chose to make Harold's Salad, which is chopped vegetables marinated in an oil and vinegar dressing. I've made similar salads, but I like the variety of vegetables in this one. I did make my
own dressing, which was different from the one given in the recipe, but not drastically so. It had some Dijon mustard and herbs in it. Here is the basic recipe:
For my main course I chose to make Shrimp Embrochette. Butterflied shrimp are stuffed with shrimp and crab and cheese with jalapeños, and then wrapped in bacon. They are then broiled until the bacon is crisped. I can't say
that I am a fan, but I'm not sure why. I love shrimp and crab. I love cheese and jalapeños. They were a let down, and I think it was because I was already suffering from butter toxicity by the time I got to them. My kids seemed to really like them, although
my eldest daughter would only eat two of them because she had to go to a dress fitting later in the evening. If she can't fit into her gown for the military ball, I am going to be in the dog house! If you want to try this recipe, here it is:
No main dish is complete without a side dish, and for that I chose to make Potato Dumpling Casserole. My girls loved this, but, again, I was having trouble with it. I did have to substitute beef stock for chicken, and that
may have thrown the taste off. Also, it was just too rich for me. I think I would like to make it again, but really lighten it up. It had too much cream and cheese in it. Did I just say that?!?!? I seriously never saw a future in which I would speak such heresy,
but there you have it. Maybe an old dog can learn new tricks. I garnished it with chopped green onion, which is not in the recipe. I just liked the way it looked! Here it is:
That leaves the dessert course. Luscious Oatmeal Pie I! This recipe gave me fits. It would not set, and I kept increasing the cook time until it was over double what the recipe called for. I started to look at other Oatmeal
Pie recipes, and I think it might be that this recipe calls for double the butter and one less egg than other recipes. It did finally set up, and it turned out fantastic! Coconut isn't on our hit parade of ingredients, but it works well here. If I hadn't already
been so overloaded with rich food, I would have had a second serving. I will make this recipe again, but I will also reduce the butter. You can have too much of a good thing, and it's name is:
I think I gained more from this experience than a couple of coronary stents and 10 pounds. I gained some basic cooking knowledge, I learned a bit more about my youngest daughter, who still likes to help daddy in the kitchen
and do experiments of her own and I learned that just because a recipe looks great doesn't mean it will work and play well with others. There really is such a thing as too much butter and cream, and "Too much is not enough," is a lie.
Balance is the key to healthy living. It isn't too much to ask myself to be thoughtful about food and drink choices. Some days I may choose to eat the full fat ice cream. Other days I may choose the low fat yogurt and fruit.
Next Faceless Friday, I hope to show off what I've learned.