Where to begin!? The best place to start is going to be on the bayou.
I had been enlisted to cook appetizers for 50+ guests for a bayou-themed birthday party. On the menu for the occasion were Cajun Mini-Quiche, Jalapeño Cornbread and Cajun Spiced Popcorn. (I actually had to stop typing for a second and reminisce about those quiche. They were so wonderful. Mmmmm....) Okay, so, last Friday:
I used Susan V's phenomenal, wonderful crazy-delicious mini quiche recipe and then kind of added my own little spin to Cajunize it. For the cornbread, I found this mamma jamma. I replaced the corn with jalapeños and we were set! My own little spin for the quiche involved Tony Chachere's creole seasoning and extra bell peppers!
( Ca-jun-ize transitive verb \΄kā - jun, - īz \ : to make something Cajun, in this case food).
(Mamma Jamma noun \ 'mä-mä, ‘jam-mä \: 1. something that is considered by many to be very sexy and/orboss. 2. synonym for the word "thing" (Thank you Urban Dictionary)).
We started the evening off with a some green beer to celebrate the launch of my almost world famous blog.
|My roommate, Tiff, helped by drinking beer.|
|Brandi looks a little skeptical of the project.|
The green beer slowed the cooking process down a little bit, but we still managed to get everything done. And Brandi even found time to KNIT!
|Jes chopping - Brandi knitting|
|Spoonful of cornbread!|
Actually, I lied. We didn't get EVERYTHING done. I ended up tackling the 10,000 cups of popcorn the following morning sans green beer but WITH an amazing headache that can only be caused by drinking a vat of food coloring---but totally worth it.
At any rate, the night wore on, and things were baked.
|Some of the many mini quiche|
I didn't bake the dog.
Penelope was just helping.
I believe it was around 11:00 pm that we finally pulled the last tray of quiche out of the oven and transfered the cornbread into a gigantic bowl.
|This is not the gigantic bowl, and yes that is my dirty kitchen.|
|Mini Cajun Quiche! The bell peppers look like Fruity Pebbles.|
At this point in the entry I am pretty sure you are wondering about the party. Was it fun? What exactly is a bayou themed party. DID EVERYONE LOVE THE APPETIZERS?!?!? Guess what? They did. I failed to capture any photos of people actually consuming the food, but you are going to have to trust me; it was a hit!
So, sit back, relax and enjoy a mini (nope, not quiche, sorry...) photo journey through the bayou.
|YUM! (I didn't make that cake, sorry.)|
|I cannot even begin to caption this.|
|Jes boogies down and Tiff gets creepy.|
By the way, that IS how you spell "toilet".
Everyone else is wrong.
|Nobody puts Baby in a...locker.|
And this was HOURS before I went home! All in all it was a super successful party and all because of my life-changing appetizers. Okay, it was a great party made EVEN BETTER by my life-changing appetizers, and because of the costumes.
Next week: Caramel Corn! I am not going to lie to you and say that as a vegan I don't miss non-vegan things because I do! One of the things I miss is caramel corn, but I am pretty sure I have solved that problem. I also really miss Whoopie Pies. That's another entry entirely.