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Hot Dogtopus

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Last night Maggie and Marisa came over for dinner and another Doctor Who night. We watched 2 episodes: “New Earth” and “Tooth and Claw.”

For food, we decided to have salad, quiche, and dessert pastries. Loosely following this recipe*, we made 4 spinach and mushroom quiches. On a whim, we also made little octopodes from hot dogs (which I only placed on top of the quiches I kept for myself so I wouldn’t meat-contaminate the other quiches). I thought I’d share some pictures of our octopus army, and a little hot dogtopus perched atop one of the quiches.

* (Note on following this quiche recipe: we doubled the recipe and filled 4 normal-depth pie crusts rather than using deep dish pie crusts. Also, I’m pretty sure we used a lot more cheese than was called for… big surprise. We used fresh spinach and mushrooms [mini portabellas], and unsalted butter [I don’t think it indicates which kind of butter to use in the recipe, but unsalted worked just fine, especially since you season it to taste anyway]. Instead of using seasoned feta, we used plain feta but added extra garlic. Rather than using straight cheddar, we used a shredded blend including cheddar, jack, mozzarella, and other cheeses. In doubling the recipe, we didn’t use 2 small onions, but instead used 1 medium white onion.)

Club des Plaisirs Gourmands 1 Sep 2010

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Tonight’s food club theme was “raw food.”  I brought all my components in containers so I could frost the cake when we got together.

In addition to the carrot goji cake I brought, people brought a surprising variety of food including zucchini “pasta,” apple butter, curried coleslaw, borsht, shrimp ceviche, and gazpacho.

All the food was delicious, check out this Flickr for more pictures!

While I had fun with raw food this evening, I don’t think it’s something I could do as a lifestyle, or even often.  It’s kind of exhausting remembering which nuts/legumes/etc. have already been cooked at high heat before I even buy them.  It did help me be more mindful of my food, though, which is generally great!

Sorry I didn’t include Brandon’s dessert.  I didn’t get a picture of it, and couldn’t remember what it was called 🙁

Club des Plaisirs Gourmands 25 Aug 2010

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Food club again tonight!  Our theme this week was “breakfast for dinner.”  The weather was beautiful today, so we ended up eating outside.

Some of the foods we had were bread pudding, coffee cake, gelato (is this breakfast food?), homemade donuts, non-homemade donut holes, berry bread and banana bread, biscuits and homemade chocolate gravy (or jelly if you preferred), scrambled eggs with fresh roma tomatoes and cheese, and cereal bars.  I am probably forgetting some things, but that’s what I remember off the top of my head.  Apparently I mostly attend these things when we’re having particularly sugary foods (odd since in general I prefer savory food).

I had a ton of fun.  I met a couple new people, and saw friends with whom I spend less time than I’d like.  Due to the temperature, there were few issues with bugs.  A few moths visited the table, though, especially when we brought out the lamp.  We needed the lamp because we stayed out chatting and eating until after it was dark.

I think next week we’re going to try raw foods.  I want to try this recipe, but I’m going to try to find out if it will be fine if I substitute non-coconut oils and flours because I think someone in the group is allergic to coconut stuff.  Food night is a fun way to break up the week, and a bigger incentive to cook (rather than just microwaving some food/leftovers).  Yummy fun!