So you must be wondering if I have have given this whole blogging thing up for bigger and better things. Well the answer is no, not exactly. You see I have been having these hosting issues that will not go away. It is really getting annoying and yes I have spent much time with tech support and still things are not working as they should.
But moving on….. I catered a small spa party last night at a salon. I have prepared a small healthy menu and I took a risk in that I sold a menu with a dish I had never tested and 1 I had never even tasted! But I have had all the ingredients so I could figure out a flavor profile but still! Luckily it all turned out well. I don’t know how this catering thing happened, I just kind of fell into it and I have to say I kind of like it. I get to do something I enjoy and on top of that get paid! Not a bad gig huh?
So would you like to know the menu? Ok here is goes:
Muhammara with Whole Wheat Pita (I had never tasted this before)
Candied Ginger Macadamia Nuts
Vegetable Sushi Rolls
Marinated Strawberries in Phyllo Cups with Yogurt
Citrus Cucumber Fresca (to wash it all down with!)
I actually love this menu. I am making it for about 10-15 people who will be coming to learn more about knew spa treatments and skin care that the salon is offering. I picked the menu based on ingredients that are are good for the skin and body as a whole. I know, besides the salon owner I will be the only person who realizes this but that doesn’t matter.
Muhammara is a Turkish dip not unlike hummus. It is a beautiful deep red color and has a wonderful unexpected texture. It is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts, cracker crumbs, lemon juice, olive oil, cayenne pepper and pomegranate molasses. It has a a sweet, tangy, and spicy flavor that is unlike anything I have ever had before. Though this dish may be high in fat it is high in monounsaturated fats; which are the good fats. Fats that have been linked with decreasing amounts of breast cancer as well as healthy skin, nails and hair! Not to mention it is loaded with Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Perfect for a salon party!
Candied Ginger Macadamia Nuts are awesome! Sweet, crunchy, spicy, and nutty! It is a great snack, although they can be quite addicting; I could not stop “testing” them!
Vegetable Sushi Rolls are easy to make and easier to eat! And the possibilities are endless. I made cucumber rolls, avocado rolls, and pickled carrot rolls. Served with pickled ginger and wasabi, it can be a meal in its self, at least for me.
For the sweet tooth, I marinated some sliced fresh strawberries in a little raw sugar and pure vanilla extract. Then pilled them into small phyllo cups and topped with a dollop of vanilla yogurt.
And last to wash everything thing down a Citrus Cucumber Fresca. Its really simple, mix together cucumber juice, lemon juice and little sugar (or agave nectar) to taste then add either carbonated or non carbonated mineral water. I like the bubbles so I used carbonated but either way it is a very refreshing drink; great for pool side!
Well, that’s it for now. I will let you know how it all went. Hopefully, my host will have fixed the problem once and for all!