Friday, July 30, 2010

Sandra's Snack Scavenger Hunt Wrap Up...

One of my continents swapmates who does not have a blog wanted to participate in the scavenger hunt, so she emailed me her cool shots and a description of what she found with her family for her continent of choice...Europe!

Sandra has been an awesome person to do continents swaps with...she found and made some wonderful things, so I was very excited that she wanted to do this scavenger hunt, too...
So, with no further ado, here is what she did with her family:

OK, here we go...I choose Europe as our continent, so...
1.    Our favorite snacks:
- cheese with grapes:

- baguette with cretons, cheese and grape tomatoes (oh, so French...):

- bruschetta

2. One of the snacks we don’t like are olives with goat cheese. No one in our family likes taste of the olives– but I use goat cheese in different salads. Here is the photo I took from the net – olives stuffed with goat cheese

3.  strawberries, apricot, cheese, green pepper, blueberries, grapes (with dark chocolate – mmmmmm) and eggplant
4. Bruschetta – famous Italian appetizer:
Basic Bruschetta Recipe:
  • 1 loaf  of bakery baguette
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 medium-large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ball of Buffalo style mozzarella, sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • salt, to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Slice the baguette and place the pieces on a foil lined cookie sheet.
In the meantime, heat olive oil in small sauce pan.  Add the garlic slices and allow them to simmer for a few minutes.  Do not let it overcook or the oil will have a burnt flavor.  Set aside. 
Combine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and salt. 

Place the bread in the oven.  Bake until the edges are golden brown (8-10 minutes).  Remove bread from oven and brush each slice generously with the garlic flavored olive oil. Add tomato mixture to each slice.  If desired, drizzle each piece with a little bit of the leftover oil. 
5. Funny snacks (I found these on the net):
Suppose to be alligator, but it more looks like a mouse. Green mouse
And veggie critters:
Veggie Butterflies: Use asparagus for the body. Use the ranch and cream cheese mixture to attach crinkle-cut carrots for wings, and add decorations to the wings with bits of bell pepper.
Veggie Lady Bugs: Slice a cherry tomato in half. Use the ranch and cream cheese mixture to attach the tomato to a slice of cucumber or eggplant; attach the other cherry tomato half for the head. Then attach lady bug sports with bits of olive.
Veggie Caterpillars: Cut cauliflower into florets. Use the ranch and cream cheese mixture to attach the pieces of cauliflower together. Then attach shredded carrot for legs and asparagus for antennae.
6.  Wrappers of the favorite snacks from Europe:
- Smoki (favorite in former Yugoslavia)
- Nutella (you know it is Italian, right?):

7. Snack from other continent we tried - Grilled Coconut Wings with Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce, we found on Foodnetwork.  Girls didn’t like it, but padre de familia was enjoying it. A lot. Well, I guess if he likes it THAT much, he will have to make it by himself )

Bonus snack from Antarctica: Pemmicon

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