In Yummy! world, a birthday means a party. And a party means friends. And drinks. And food.Lots and lots and lots of food. (Well, actually lots and lots of drinks too, but you knew that already didn't you?)
After several days in the kitchen, here's what the masses nibbled on:
Beef tenderloin, rubbed with bourbon barrel smoked sea salt, roasted rare and sliced paper thin
Marinated jumbo shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce
Honey Dijon marinated pork tenderloin, sliced paper thin and served with spicy mango and papaya salsa
Salmon 3~ways with Yummy~ized blinis: salmon roasted with maple and dill; roasted with Dijon and sesame; and, sweet and spicy. Blinis were served on toasted sourdough, topped with dilled deviled egg salad, creme fraiche and Tobiko caviar
An entire tray of 50 blinis ~ which were gone in about 15 seconds...
Sesame chicken with sweet garlic chili dipping sauce
Truffle paté and black peppercorn paté
Creamy caviar dip
New Orleans spicy crab dip
Tim's favorite spicy deviled eggs with crab ~ 48 whole eggs were gone almost before I could put the platter down
Brie with balsamic caramelized onion chutney and spicy pecans
Cheese, cheese and more cheese
Parmesan cubes with 2 dipping sauces: black truffle honey and red chili apricots
Chunky Danish bleu dip
Roasted 3~onion dip
And desserts. And fruit. And chocolate truffles. And sweet and crunchy pecans...
Judging from the amount of food left over ~ which was a crumb here and there ~ I'm thinking none of the guests had seen a scrap of food since about Tuesday...
If I'd followed a traditional caterer's calculations of:
# of Hours x # of People = Total # of Bites
I would have been about 20 pounds short just on the protein!
So even though it's a lot of work, I thank Bacchus that sweet husband is in good health, that we have amazing and wonderful friends and that I had Sunday off to clean up!