I didn’t intend for today’s post to continue with my B theme for the week, but I was stuck for a title and this one just sort of came to me ….and really, it is appropriate since this post is about the menu for a party my mom hosted last weekend that I catered with all finger foods….see, it works, right?
On the menu was:
Red pepper hummus with fresh veggies and Triscuits and Rice Chips
A selection of fine cheeses (purchased at the Farmer’s Market in Hamilton when visiting my sister), served with toasted nuts, honey, fig jam, garlic-stuffed olives, apples and pears and some yummy fresh bread (bake-your-own baguettes from Costco and some DELICIOUS honey walnut bread also purchased at the market)
Meatballs a la pizzaiola served with Marinara Sauce (from March’s Food Network Magazine, a Giada de Laurentis recipe)….my goodness these were so good!I highly recommend them and would go so far as to say they were quite a hit at the party….a bit of work with mixing them, shaping, frying, then baking….but not too hard, and definitely worth it!
Then of course we had to have some sweet stuff (CHOCOLATE)….after all, it was a group of women, and it was Valentine’s Weekend . I made some chocolate-covered strawberries, then drizzled them with red chocolate for an extra Valentine’s flourish.
I also served the brownie mini cupcakes with chocolate ganache that I made..
And finally, there were cake/cookie balls too. The ones coated in chopped nuts are chocolate hazelnut…which consist of ground up hazelnuts, a few crumbled chocolate cookies and mini cupcakes I had in the freezer, and the rest of the Nutella I had in the jar after all my nutella baking. I followed the basic Bakerella cake ball method like for my mint chocolate chip cookie snow balls. I coated the balls in dark melting chocolate and tossed with chopped hazelnuts. The maple walnut ones I’m quite proud of….they were just going to be maple…I had some sugar cookies in the freezer and still had some of the AMAZING maple frosting leftover….but then I saw the bag of walnuts on my counter and thought…why not? Maple walnut is a classic flavour combo (and my mom’s favourite ice cream flavour….and it was her party). So I ground up the nuts and cookies, added icing until it all stuck together…then let chill and coated in chocolate and topped with a walnut half.
Not to toot my own horn, but the food was pretty darn tasty. I love creating menus, planning, cooking and hosting parties. It’s one of my favourite ways of exercising my creativity. Great bites of both salty and sweet…and…full disclosure: I ate too much (surprise, surprise)! I’ve said it before, but I struggle with special occasions. I think because I try to eat so healthfully on a regular basis, when I start eating yummy foods I don’t normally have, it’s super-easy for me to go overboard. Do you relate? I can go into a party/event with the best of intentions, but then I start eating and it’s difficult for me to stop. It can be even worse when I’m cooking/hosting, because there are just so many opportunities to eat and taste (and believe me, I take them). I wish I could find a better balance…maybe enjoying some more seemingly “indulgent” foods more often (in smaller portions) so that I don’t go crazy whenever I have them…I just need to find the middle of the road so I don’t feel I’m denying myself but also not overindulging….is that even possible? Sorry to keep going on….blogging is a cheap form of therapy…but thanks for listening (if you’re still reading)!