You're invited to my birthday brunch! Come on in!!
Jul. 31, 2010 2:17 pm
Updated: Aug. 8, 2010 3:35 pm
First of all, let me welcome you! Pull up a chair and make yourself at home. Would you care for a glass of wine or tea? I have regular or mint ( garden fresh) tea. Need sugar, it's in the cabinet. Nope, the Screaming Cat's Wild Cherry beer isn't available.
The wild cherry tree hasn't been doing very well lately. Wish you could be here like Mauigirl was at WW's bash but maybe for the "big" one next year some of you can come! What fun that would be! From East & West, North & South and overseas, I can just hear
the different accents now. Just think of the stories we could swap not to mention recipes! For today though it will just be two Maine's and the MO twang. I still think that lady in Minnesosta was wrong. I don't have an accent!
Didn't have to ask Terrie(she owns the stables where my horses are) twice if she'd like to come and sample some fiddly food. I love that term, Good EatNZ, so I borrowed it. Hope you don't mind! Don't worry, GENZ, it isn't the cheesecake in grape leaves!
LOL I still get the giggles every time I picture your face when you got that email for the Fusion blog. "You're doing WHAT?!" LOL I've got to find that recipe, someone asked for it. Tore apart the office looking for my notes-found $23.16, a magazine,
a book and a catalog I've been looking for, though. I think I know where it is so I'll try to get it in my recipe box. Plus, I'm still planning a Fusion bloopers(on my end for sure) blog so it will get out one way or the other! There is still so much about
AR I have not utilized like the recipe box. I've come a long way though since I signed up last August to post a ? on RE.
For today's menu I will be serving Fiddly food and BBQ. I've invited Terrie's brother, too. Gary said he would eat anything but I'm not going to ask him to try my culinary experiments. Last year he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Doctor said he
wouldn't be here with us last Christmas. Well, it's August. I'll serve him and my W2's ("Whatever"twins-DH & teen) some smoked brisket, a revised version of Guy Fieri's Mean Green Turkey Machine recipe-subbing chicken and not using so much heat, blue corn
chips with grilled corn and tomato salsa, a take on Creole green beans, Guy's Cucumber Dill sauce w his Pita bread recipe(PITR), and cupcakes. Thank you Betty Crocker for the golden layer cake recipe!! They may look frightful (I was really tired when I made
them last night) but they taste divine! They are both flavored with fresh mint. One has a lemon glaze and the other is chocolate with a chocolate glaze. Those are my candied garden violets on top. Judging by the empty wrappers I've found, the teen found
them to be ok.
Fearlessly, Terrie is going to try my stuff! Well, all of it is mine but this next menu would send the W2's to Sonic or Pizza Hut. I say
whatever to them. If there are leftovers I'll send them home in Terrie's clearly marked containers(refer to the "whatever" blog) providing she likes what is served. WFDM? wish you were here to make bread for her. She's a bread lover and
would love your bread!
On the pink plate-a radicchio leaf filled with sliced cucumber, a Greek olive, Sungold cherry tomato, some fresh basil, fresh ground black pepper and a drizzle of EVOO; sauteed with cornmeal Red Burgundy okra; a quickly blanched Hope Red Dye Amaranth leaf wrapped
around a sauteed shrimp, sliced Sungold tomato and a blanched garden fresh green bean. I've got to say even if you hate okra, that Red Burgundy is a beautiful plant just to grow. I put a raw one on the plate so you could see the color. I love that shade of
red and the plant stalks are that color too! The amaranth I have just falllen in love with. It's gorgeous, hardy and good for you. What more could you want from a plant?
The blue plate is inspired by GENZ "Wrapper" blog. I wouldn't have tried spring rolls on my own but I had a great blog to go by. Plus, I have her email address if there are questions! And with me there always are! LOL!! Sauce is sesame/soy but I think I
will make a sweet sour one for Terrie, too. I'll also update the blog and let you know how she liked everything. On the top is a spring roll filled with blanched green bean, cucumber, red and gold cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced sweet red onion, grated carrot,
cilantro and rice vermicelli. Bottom is deep fried same thing but I added cabbage to it. I used hamburger with garlic, soy sauce and grated carrot for the filling of the deep fried wonton. The egg roll is the same but I added finely chopped cabbage.
Not pictured are the dolmades. I'm doing a shrimp/tomato/feta one just like on the Fusion blog. I'm also going to try a ground lamb/rice/feta one. FYI-my grape leaves are not at all like the store bought ones. Mine would be good if you
REALLY needed to add fiber to your diet. I did follow the directions. So what happened? I'm so glad I tried them though. I
really like the shrimp/tomato/feta combo.
As always, I'm glad you stopped by to share with me. Maybe next year you will be here or I will be there!! I hope you had a good day and I will leave you with this thought.
Life's not always about winning.
It's not about what you did but with by how much grace you achieved it!
It's about the things you learned and the people you met along the way.
Life's about the journey!!!
8/1- Terrie and Gary loved lunch. She said it was like going to a feast. Gary even tried the fiddly food. No one but me like the stuffed grape leaves. Guy's Cucumber Dill sauce was not a fave either. It has an off taste, too bad, I have cucumbers and thought
that would be good :( Terrie LOVED the spring rolls and the garden salsa. She tried everything and really liked it. Guy's Mean Green Turkey machine altered recipe was a hit too. Terrie sweetly said I make better BBQ than some of our famous restaurants.
She also brought me a really cool present- stuff for Twister. I share the teen's groom box now so she fixed that. I don't know when she found the time. She works 60+ hours a week then works the horses and does chores when she gets home. No worries today
for dinner. I sent leftovers home of everything she liked in her clearly marked containers. Al, my other busy friend who has brought his own containers, will get some too!
I swear for those waiting for recipes I will get them figured out!!!!!!! It only took me 3 months to figure out how to upload pictures so how long can the recipes take? LOL
3 Amaranth leaves unsprayed hence the holes
Yes, it is really that red!
Lunch,ok, an appy but it is good!!
Fiddly Food, red is the theme!
GENZ Influenced food
Lemon, Mint and Chocolate, tender and tasty!
Garden fresh dip with homemade pitas.