Ready to enjoy the sun? This calls for a spontane picnic! Check out these two yummy menus and be ready to have your little party under the sun…
This menu is really summery. Fresh salad, bread and Mediterranean side dishes such as olives.
- A bottle of rosé wine
- A thermos can filled with water, ice blocks and fresh mint
- Salmon salad (combine mixed lettuces with fresh pasta and smoked salmon, make a dressing of olive oil mayonnaise with capers and fresh chopped dill)
- French bread
- Tzatziki sauce
- Fresh olives
- Bread sticks wrapped in prosciutto
- Cubed cheese
- Strawberries and cream cheese
Many different tastes: salty from the tortilla chips and sweet from the tomatoes.
- Mexican beer with lemons or limes
- Tortilla chips
- Fresh guacamole
- Hot or mild sauce
- Cherry tomatoes
- Serrano ham filled with cream cheese
- Mini dried chorizos
- Seedless grapes
- Melon salad
I used to hate pancakes, but as I grew up I started developing love for them. Then I realized that what I don’t like are plain pancakes, so through time and experimenting I have tried some nice toppings or additions. If you want to entertain a crowd, just set out a griddle in the middle of a table with a good batch of pancake mix and all the goodies below so people can mix and match as they please. Don’t forget the butter!
- any sort of nuts
- peanut butter
- chocolate chips
- chocolate sauce
- cocoa powder
- breakfast sausages
- marshmallow fluff
- regular syrup
- maple syrup
- powdered sugar
- brown sugar
- buttercream icing
- whipped cream
- creme fraiche
- sour cream
- condensed milk
- any flavor custard
- any flavour ice cream
- Greek yoghurt
- strawberry yoghurt
- any flavor jam
- fresh berries
- lemon curd
- chopped peaches
- chopped apples
- chopped pineapple
- papaya chunks
- goat cheese
- cottage cheese
- cream cheese
For your bread, during cocktail hour or as a hearthy snack, the choice of Italian deli hams is always delicious and a crowd pleaser.
Salami Fiocco: is a salami with a fine taste made with fresh parts from Parma ham.
Salami Milano: is a spicy sausage with fine structure.
Coppa di Parma: has a minimum of three months to ripen and has a full delicate taste.
Mortadella: traditional ham from Bologna made of spiced pork meat and bacon.
Pancetta: this Italian bacon gets its specific taste through the long riping process and it is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Prosciutto di Parma: this ham is very naturas and contains very little salt and no spices.
It is time to clean the fridge after the holidays! Leftovers are the yummiest part for my family since a whole lot of dishes can be created out of them. What could you do with them? Here are some ideas…
- Fill an omelet
- Make a savory quiche
- Vegetables and meats make wonderful wraps
- And of course, the best of the best… make sandwiches!!!
Here we are enjoying a lovely holiday in Spain before our baby arrives and adoring the availability of food at almost every hour of the day. Most of us have heard about tapas or have been at a party where tapas have been served. To those of you that haven’t here is a summary…
Tapas are a variety of appetizers and snacks in Spanish cuisine. They can be warm or cold and can be combined to make a full meal (what I have been doing in the last days).
Here are some ideas for your next party, so take out that sangría y “que empiece la FIESTA!”.
Olives, Meatballs in tomato sauce, Garlic Mayonnaise served with slices of bread or grilled potatoes, Codfish sliced thinly and served with bread and tomatoes, Rings of battered squid, Slow-cooked beef, Chorizo sausage slowly cooked in wine, Croquettes, Turnovers filled with meats and vegetables, Prawns in assorted sauces, Potatoes in Mojo sauce, Spicy meat skewers, made of pork, lamb or chicken, Cured cheese with anchovies on top, Pork seasoned with garlic and parsley, Spanish omelette, Chicken filet wrapped in bacon, Slices of pork filet with caramelized onions, Melon wrapped in ham, Mini burgers, Ham rolls filled with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar.
Part of my sweet pregnancy cravings have been marshmallows, so inspired by my sweet goodies, here are some ideas to feature marshmallows at your next party.
The favorite of many at the campsite, s’mores. Chocolate and roasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers.
Marshmallow lollipops, dipped in strawberry glaze.
Another of my favorites, mini marshmallows over hot chocolate.
Marshmallow slices as cupcake decoration.
Peeps marshmallow bunnies on lollipop sticks are inserted on a base of wheatgrass to make a spring centerpiece.
Marbled hand made marshmallows are presented on cellophane bags as favors.
Roasted marshmallows atop a very loved side dish: mashed sweet potato casserole.
Marshmallows dipped in chocolate with toppings such as coconut shavings, pistachio or cookies, serve as sweet appetizers.
Here are some ideas for quick dips and what to serve with them…
Place about 50 caramels and 2/3 cup of half-and half in a heavy saucepan and cook on low heat until the caramels are melted and the mix is blended.
Serve with: cookies, cut-up fresh fruit, pretzels or angel food cake cubes
Mix 15 oz. of cheese spread with 1 cup of sour cream until well blended. Microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring every 30 seconds.
Serve with: assorted cut-up vegetables, nachos, pretzels or soft breadsticks
Mix 1 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup finely chopped pepperoni and 2 Tbsp. finely chopped green peppers in a microwave bowl. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds.
Serve with: wheat crackers, bread slices
Creamy Salsa Dip
Mix 8 oz. of cream cheese with 1 cup chunky salsa until well blended.
Serve with: tortilla chips
Place 1 cup vanilla yoghurt in a bowl and swirl 2 Tbsp. strawberry jam, jelly or preserves gently.
Serve with: cinnamon cookies, fresh fruit
With the Oscars on the way, let’s celebrate the ocassion with a list of sweet, savory and whacky popcorn toppings.
caramel, cinnamon, honey, chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar, raw sugar
cheddar powder, garlic powder, paprika powder, chili powder, powdered parmesan, mustard, pepper
pesto, ketchup, chili sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, coconut flakes, curry paste, condensed milk, M&M’s, dried fruit, caramel nuts