[Sca-cooks] period finger/party foods and Robin's drunken night!
lordhunt at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 14:34:11 PST 2009
Sorry I am a bit behind - this discussion took place a couple of
weeks ago. My reasons are numerous. I even broke my big toe among other
things :'( - I can't dance, still see stars but they thump less! All
Robin, kitten's fault as he moonlights on our hot tin windowsills these
summer nights in Chile. I shut the window in his face so the stone
flower pot slid off the table there as the table skidded toward the
window and killed my big toe. Peter rushed me to emergency and dang,
dang no swimming until the 15th! We are in the middle of summer here!
Back to the subject -
It was not pointed out that finger foods were made before forks and
have been traditionally consumed in Arab cuisine throughout the ages.
This influence is ever present in Spanish cuisine. We normally invite
about 70 people once a year for this type of eating and less guests in
between. (When about 10 guests we ask each to bring solids and we
supply the liquids. They compete as to who makes the best empanada, the
most original dish, a regional dish, it is great fun and we get out of
our rut of serving the same old thing learning from others.) We love it
as generally it means only platters and utensils need washing and
waitressing-butlering only involves passing the platters and wine/juices
which is a shared effort. Even buffets can be a bore as only the
hostess seems to know where more plates, cutlery et all are. I find with
finger foods all is more relaxed and people chip in more readily.
Passing a platter once means they get to see who is at the party and
with whom they want to strike up a conversation after they finish
greeting everyone or when the platter is empty.
Just to name a few common items on our menus:
Veggies, eggs and cheeses:
white asparagus tips wrapped in serrano ham, endive leaves with an
anchovy and grated cheese on top, thinly sliced eggplant fried like
French fries, stuffed mushrooms, mini empanadas with spinach, mushrooms
and or cheese, mini onion croquets, mini pastry cups of quiche, Spanish
tortilla cubed and served on toothpicks, creamed spinach or artichokes
with ricotta, olives wrapped in bacon, sliced tomatoes and goat cheese
cubed on toothpicks, cheese boards with nuts and dried fruits left
around on side tables.
smoked salmon canapes, salmon rolled in cream cheese, crab pie in tiny
pastry dishes, cebiche in porcelain spoons, langostino brochets,
langostinos served with a sauce, oysters, clams or mussels on half shell
with lemon etc
mini meatballs served on toothpicks with a honey dip on the side,
chicken and mushroom brouchets, chicken and spinach empanadas, mini
chicken croquets, ham and pineapple cubes on toothpicks, mini roast beef
alfajares, mini merenques, small pastries, and mazapanes
I don't serve all these items at one party and this only represents a
fraction of our inventiveness. We select from each category and change
all the time. We use a lot of medieval Al-Andalus dishes . . .
Too, when my spouse's family approached 100 members (good RC's) I bought
a freezer in the January sales and learned to freeze little by little
starting months in advance so I did not sleep through Christmas
exhausted. . . and the budget liked that better. Now there are so many
in-laws we moved to get rid of them! - More economical.
Sushi is very popular here. We do not serve it unless 10 or less guests
as it is expensive if made by the right person. You know yo have to have
the right temperature of the hands to make it. At our last get together
kitten Robin, when 5 months, stuffed himself with sushi, smoked salmon
mixed with lemon and mayonnaise and the cream birthday cake for the
guest of honor, his godmother! He had a ball playing the appreciative
guest/host just like his human Daddy..
At 4 a.m. Robin was not feeling so good. I jumped out of bed, as his
meow sounded like a bit of a complaint, I picked him up in my arms and
all he had consumed fell out the other end =-O all over my night gown!
We call it "Robin's drunken night!"
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