First up the cheese and cracker tray with its 5 kinds of cheese with 3 kinds of crackers and an Italian focaccia cut up for dipping in olive oil and balsamic vinegar:
|The Viking getting ready to chow down.|
Lemon White Stilton
Blueberry White Stilton
|Olive Oil Dip|
The Olive Oil Dip-- Both ingredients for this were special delivery from parts out west--the balsamic vinegar was from Prescott, Arizona and the olive oil was Olivas de Oro from California
A bit of Cheese Trivia:
*Flax cheese doesn't really have flax in it. It was served at the Flax Festival.
*White Stilton can give you some hyper vivid dreams if you eat it too close to bedtime.
*If White Stilton were made in Stilton (the town for which it was named) instead of in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottingshashire, it could not be called a Stilton cheese. Stilton is now in the wrong county- Cambridgshire.
plate full of plump gyoza waiting to be fried and steamed.
And here are the Nori rolls cooked and sliced and waiting to be lifted with chopsticks and dipped in the sweet chili sauce by happy eaters.
And to round out our meal with a bit of something more vegetable like, we had a very tasty Artichoke Olive Salad.
Many thanks to ViolinFingers and The Viking for having us over for a wonderful evening. I only wish I lived closer so we could get together more often.
1 can artichokes
1 can whole black olives
sliced cubes Feta cheese
cherry tomatoes, halved
Mix all together and toss with Italian Salad Dressing or a mix of olive oil and vinegar.
Filling for Nori Rolls and Gyoza (based on Bon Appetit's Crunchy Beef Nori Rolls recipe):
3 caps Shittake mushrooms, diced
1/2 shallot, diced
1 lb. ground beef
3 c shredded carrots
3/4 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 egg, beaten
Fry diced mushrooms and shallot together in butter until cooked through, then mix with the other (raw) ingredients. Use as directed in your recipe of choice. Quantity was sufficient for filling 5 eight inch nori rolls and 25 to 30 gyoza wrappers.
For dipping sauces we used sweet chili sauce, soy sauce with rice vinegar, and faux soy sauce with white vinegar.