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Super Sunday Success

Posted by Caveman Cooking on February 8, 2010

Caveman & Cavegirl Making WontonsWhat a day! A good game, great food (if I do say so myself), and a fantastic time was had by all. Actually, this Super Sunday actually started on Saturday with the making of the 2+2 Tequila Chili and the Lamb Wontons. Stews and Chilies are always better the second day, and by making and freezing the wontons ahead of time the game-day workload was greatly reduced. My personal workload was lightened even more by the assistance of the Cavegirl in the making of the wontons. I just showed her how to do it once and then she was off to the races making some perfect “Bishop’s Hats”. She was so proud today when everyone complimented her on how professional her wontons looked … and I was proud that my little girl is already showing some great culinary talent at the tender age of four.
I didn’t make any variations in the wonton recipe. Though, I did experiment a bit with the dipping sauce. I took 4 tablespoons of store-bought plum sauce and combined it with 2.5 teaspoons of apricot juice (reserved from the canned apricots I used for the baked brie described below), 1/4 teaspoon ground chili oil, 1/4 teaspoon fresh fine-grated ginger, and a few drips of chili sesame oil. Turned out to be a nice sweet and tangy sauce that flattered the the bold, rich flavor of the wontons. Almost tasted like a samosa with a sweet chutney sauce.Lamb Wontons

Speaking of the Baked Brie with Peach Sauce, I did make a few adjustments to the usual recipe. For one, instead of using peach sauce I made an apricot sauce that just may be a better compliment to the brie. So, I guess it was really a Baked Brie with Apricot Sauce. ;) Also, instead of just some dried cherries I found a trio medley that also included dried blueberries and cranberries … definitely an improvement! For some reason, however, the oven wasn’t cooking as hot as usual. As a result, the cheese could have used another 5 minutes or so. It still was absolutely delicious … even the Cavekids were mowing on the pungent cheese.
Baked Brie with Apricot SauceUnfortunately, we had a few last minute cancellations, so our menu changed and contracted slightly. Instead of the planned Crab Dip and Crudites we switched over to some Rockin’ Guac with Garlic Parmesan Pita Chips … a little lighter than the crustacean filled creamy dip and a bit more veggie friendly for the Cavewoman. Besides, we had just gotten a new shipment of homegrown avocados from the Cave-in-laws and a couple of them were just ripe enough – using the mini food processor on them didn’t hurt either. I must say that the Fuerte variety that they grow are, by far, my favorite type of avo. They are so creamy and buttery, you just don’t want to stop eating them … which can be a problem. Rockin' Guac with Parmesan Garlic Pita Chips

The Chili is one of those recipes that is set in stone. If I messed with it, even if it worked, there would certainly be a “mutiny on the chili-bowl”. Instead of inviting an insurgency, I opted to make a second chili. A veggie version of the traditional 2+2 Tequila Chili. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get the balance of ingredients right with the lesser amounts of veggie meat (Morningstar Crumbles), which also doesn’t impart the same flavors into the dish that the real deal does. Though, I think that with some tweeking, I can make a veggie version that will rock the herbivore crowd the way the carnivores were today. Regrettably, I didn’t take a shot of the Chili course when plated … yeah, I jelled! :| But, if you really need to see what it looked exactly like, see this photo.
Angel Food Cake with Nectar of the Gods FruitBefore we get to dessert, let’s talk about the game. The final score (34-17) doesn’t represent the hard-fought, see-saw battle that this Super Bowl truly was. I think the only people who weren’t happy after this game were the Colts’ fans and the much publicized guy who bet $1Million on them to win straight up (what a Du-mah!). The game had it all: a ten point turn around (only the second time in SB history), goal line stands, an “onside kick” to start the second half, and a rockin’ half-time show from The Who that had the whole stadium singing every song. Not to mention, the end result was sweet redemption for QB Drew Brees, the Saints organization, and the city and people of New Orleans. You can’t help but enjoy a show like that!
As for the much lauded Super Bowl commercials, most were ok at best. But a few caught our collective eye: Puxatawny Palamau, Snickers with Betty White & Abe Vigoda, and the VW “Punch” spot with Stevie Wonder and Tracy Morgan at the end.

Yeah, I know, I’ve ranted enough and it’s time for dessert. As usual, the Cavewoman was in charge of the sweet portion of our menu. After all the rich foods we were consuming, she went for something a little lighter: an Angel Food Cake topped with Nectar of the Gods Fruit Salad. I don’t want to give away the whole recipe since she promised to post it this week, but it was sooooooooo good with the sweetened fruit and light, airy cake combining for a perfect capper on a delicious day!

Super Bowl Crew

The best part was seeing the satiated and content smiles on everyone’s face when all was said and done. As you can see the food is all gone, Caveboy is out, the Cavegirl is on her way out, and the rest of the crew (from left, Cousin Wendy, the Cave-in-laws Peg and Leo, and the Cavewoman) was so full, they didn’t move for about an hour. Everyone truly seemed to have a great time at what will undoubtedly be our last soiree in this house. What a great way to go out! ;)
Hope your Super Sunday was as fun and flavorful!

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26 Responses to “Super Sunday Success”

  1. Ed Schenk said

    Great menu! I got hungry just reading about it.

  2. It sure was a great day for foodies and Saints fans!

  3. Caveman,
    That spread rocks; although it looked so good and with such a difficulty level, that well, it obviously required a cavewoman to assist;-)
    Coming to your place next year!
    Doc

  4. Fabulous feast you had there! Loved all the photos.

  5. What a spread! I’ve been using that same raisin and dried berry blend instead of the usual 1 or 2 fruits too – love the variety. If you get the chance this fall, look for Reed avocados. There smooth skinned and very large and heavy. The flavor on those things is truly intoxicating. If you think you can’t stop eating a fuerte…wait until you try the Reeds.

    • Thanks, Pamie. The dried blueberries, cranberries and cherries worked very well together. Liked the fact that they had Omega 3′s, too.
      I’ll try the Reeds, but it’s hard to say “No” to FREE Fuertes! ;)

  6. boredcook said

    Everything looks so very good. And I’ve been craving guacamole lately so I don’t like you very much right now. First you show it made and make me want it more. Then you further add to my pity party by telling us about your unlimited supply of avocados. Especially since I just paid 1.88 for ONE avocado the other day for a recipe I am going to be posting. (Truth is I bought 2 avocados for 1.88 a piece and I ate one all by myself.) Don’t tell. I only really needed one for the recipe I made so it wasn’t like I was REALLY cheating.

    Love the pictures of you and your family! It looks like you guys enjoyed a great day!

  7. A very delicious party. All the food looks great. I’m not sure I’ve tried this Fuerte variety of avocado before.

  8. Natasha said

    Such a fun superbowl party full of delicious eats! Quite a feast!

  9. MaryMoh said

    Every dish here looks very delicious. Wontons are always my family favourite, whether boiled or deep fried. Your daughter is so adorable! Good training :)

  10. Vendela said

    OMG — those wontons were FABULOUS!!!!! Probably made sweeter by the hands of the sweet cavegirl. I will give you the info on baking the ones you gave me to take home as I am making them tonite. with an olive oil wash will try 5 minutes per side. You inspired me to get more avocados to make guac here the past two nites – LOL. I cannot believe I missed a Crab Dip tho. Is that on the site????? Caveman, it was cruel to mention it….but Cavewoman’s cake made up for it!

  11. Vendela said

    Baking was OK, but only OK. Deep fry is the way to go. Steaming as someone suggested would be interesting. but Caveman fried them sooooo perfectly, I doubt another way would do it for my tastebuds. The wontons brokedown — were elastic before I baked them. Also the lamb being as laden with fat as it is, olive oil was overkill as the oil from the meat came thru the baking wonton. The meat mixture was scented wonderfully with all that ginger, and the taste of that was perfection….

    • Thanks, Wendy! I haven’t posted the Crab Dip, yet. But, I’ll definitely make it when we have a house warming soiree in the new place.
      Bummer that baking the wontons didn’t work out. I think steaming will definitely work, though. If it does, I see a wonton soup in their future. ;)

  12. Shirley said

    Daddy’s little princess! So we finally get to see you Caveman! And you dont look like Fred Flinstone!!! ( you know I’m kidding right)

    • The funny part about your comment, Shirley, is that the Cavemom is actually named Wilma! :lol:
      Actually, there have been a couple other pictures of my posted here. One was on the Holiday Card post, the other is on the About page. Those photos look a little more like Fred! ;)

  13. I was salivating reading about the brie and apricot sauce. How funny that a caveman talks about brie! Good though it is commendable!

  14. sweetlife said

    Fab food with family and friends sounds great!!

    sweetlife

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