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Monday, February 07, 2011

tailgate party with out the tailgate and without the party


Anymore it doesnt take much to make a food holiday and Super Bowl Sunday is definitely one such holiday. There is much lead up to preparing the right nachos, pigs in blankets and hot wings for this "meal" of grab and go eats. Myself, I am not much of a sports fan, sure I watch the finals and the big games but I dont go in for the long haul of being an actual fan. Whats my point? Pointless. We ate food on Super Bowl Sunday.

Since having a kegger was out of the question I opted for a "healthy" drink made from sweetened hibiscus tea, orange juice and dark rum. The naturally tart and flowery, fruity flavor of the hibiscus woke up with the little squeeze of fresh orange juice and the rum balanced the whole drink out like a long pole for a tight rope walker.

(I borrowed this shot from an old post)
The menu was diverse which translates to "all over the planet" as we had shrimp sushi rolls and salmon sushi rolls that were made and consumed so fast I didnt have time to take a proper photo but if you have read my blog before you will see that I make this often. (this link will prove it and it actually has a little video tutorial) Oh yeah and there was also fried calamari that flew off the plate so fast I forgot we even had it...my son made short order of that two pounds.

The star of the day, in fact lets go ahead and call this star the MVP, was the oyster. We had them raw on the half shell with some hot sauce and chopped onion.

We had fried oysters, but these oysters were fried for a reason.....

Fried oyster Po'Boy has got to be one of the best sandwiches on earth, add a little watercress dressed lightly with lime juice and olive oil, some chipotle mayo and some Zatarain's Remoulade Sauce and you are in business, big business.

Let me end this post by saying "can you believe these pictures were taken with my cell phone?" Yup thats right my cell phone! I hear a lot of people complaining that they dont have the right high-tech this or the right software that and that is why their pictures are not as good as they want them to be - I say phooey on all of that. Its the same thing with cooking, I can cook with a tin can and a heat source - if there is a will there is a way. Taking a good picture is no different than making a good omelete...it takes a certain - as the French would say "I dont know what."

22 comments:

Barbara said...

Funny post title AND fun post.

Love the idea of a "healthy" drink with rum in it. In fact, I love anything with rum in it.

And you're right: Fried oyster Po'Boy is indeed the best sandwich ever made...and I was introduced to them in NOLA. Oh Yeah.

Jason said...

Getting hungry just reading this! That fried oyster Po Boy looks amazing. Nom!

Claudia said...

I don't know - looks like a party to me. I want your healthy drink and the po'boy is on my list.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

A N'awlins po'boy and a rum drink. Now you're talking. Are you sure you're not Jimmy Buffett in disguise?
Sam

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Love the drink but more than anything I like the raw oysters.

Can not believe the quality of the pictures from a phone! Good for you.

Marjie said...

We have the same attitude toward football. I am so grateful that my dearly beloved is not a football freak. Your drinks are so pretty!

I could have brought one of my sons' trucks and a tailgate if you really wanted it, but it was probably a little chilly for that.

Anette said...

Even though oysters scare me a little (when eaten raw) and I'm not so much of a fried food eater, the fried oysters kind ot talked to me a liitle! two minus gives a plus? I think so!

Christina said...

I'm not a fan of raw oysters (shame, I know!) but I love fried oysters and that po'boy has my name on it!! Fantastic!

Belinda said...

Who needs football, eh? NICE camera you have!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

those fried oysters look really tempting!

whatscookingwithdoc said...

Man, wish I was at your house for the party. Oysters! Ha! I guess we often are on the same wavelength simply because great minds think alike!

The Blonde Duck said...

You can never go wrong with a po' boy!

Chow and Chatter said...

love ya Christo and so true with your comment on pictures love your food and what a great drink

briarrose said...

Lovely spread. The rum drink looked so tempting. ;)

Velva said...

That is one rocking Super Bowl food spread.
Loving that rum drink.

mybizzykitchen.com said...

My husband would love that sammie - he loves fried oysters - too bad we live in the midwest - not too many options for fresh seafood!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Those photos were pretty darn good - cell phone or no. And that oyster po' boy has me craving one right now.

Chris said...

Why couldn't i have been at your super bowl party...made me jealous to think that the only homemade dish we had was our guacamole. i wouldnt have even watched the game at all, i would've just hung out by the food. haha. thanks for sharing the delectable dishes.

btw, i would like to shoot you an e-mail, do you mind sharing your address?

Magic of Spice said...

Wow, this is my idea of a feast for any celebration...fantastic menue!

nutmegnanny said...

That has to be the BEST superbowl food ever!

WizzyTheStick said...

:-) That 'healthy' drink made me smile since it's a popular Christmas drink here in the Caribbean. In fact I still have some leftover from then.

Vickie said...

Christo, how did I miss this post?? I am in love with your little MVP - love that shot of him swimming in his happy liqueur. That cocktail looks and sounds seriously delicious, too. I would have loved your Super Bowl spread. :) (sorry I missed this post)

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