Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Not much to report today, as there were not many members in attendance. It was election/ installation of officers day, so rather than get nailed into a position, most of them stay away on this day. It is expected, as it happens every year, so the same few of us, do the same jobs.
I, personally, lost 8 lbs, which negates the water gain of last week. So I am ok with that. the rest of those that came, showed little losses and even smaller gains.
So we installed the officers, and did the paperwork for everything. Short discussion to see how people were doing with the 8 week challenge, which led to frustration. So far, seems only myself and Ima, who is doing it online, are doing it. Hopefully some of the others will start noting things in this week...
After the meeting I went grocery shopping. Got home and put everything away. decided I wanted veggie chow mein for supper so got that going and is now just sitting.
I have done too much with my wrist so I will cut this short and go rest it
hope you all have a good day
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
ok, here are some more tea sandwich recipe ideas, a little more involved than yesterdays blog about the same. I do not always go with the standard or traditional tea sandwiches, as you may find out on this page (if you did not really notice on the previous page)
For one thing, when you cater events, you need items that will make people remember you, in this case, non traditional but tasty fare, if you want to cultivate more people to your customer base. I do not cater very often anymore, but I am still known for the menus I have put before my clients, family and friends. I do still get requests from family and friends to come out and do an event for them, for which I am happy to do.
Do not be nervous to try other breads types, there are many out there to choose from. Wheat, white, sourdough, pumpernickel, rye…the choice of bread is yours. Or, for a creative checkerboard effect, use one white slice and one wheat per sandwich.
Just remember,, spread butter (or flavour change, whipped cream cheese) right to the edges of the bread you choose, and always cut off crusts and make sandwiches, 1 to 2 bite sizes
Anyways, on with the sandwiches!
You can be inventive. Sometimes, I will see mini pita pockets, appetizer size. These work beautifully for presenting a new flavour to your tea sandwich tray.
This is a small open face morsel
3 cups hummus
12 mini pitas, if these are not available, try using thin cut light rye bread, cut in triangles
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Cut the pita pockets in half and fill each with about 2 tablespoons of Hummus. Top with chopped olives and a half tomato. You can also use the scoop tortilla chip, as an appetizer rather than a tea sandwich
This one is very tasty but a little more involved to make.
2 cups chicken, either cook and process or used canned and mashed)
1 1/2 cups unpeeled red apples, chopped (or 1 medium)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced, chopped
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons lime juice
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon curry powder
Combine chicken, unpeeled red apples, dried cranberries, celery, chopped pecans. Combine mayonnaise, lime juice and curry powder; add to chicken mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Butter your bread and cut to shapes. I like to cut each slice of bread with a small heart shaped cookie cutter for weddings otherwise whatever shape you wish; top with small piece of lettuce leaf (baby spinach leaf works well too) and and a dab of chicken salad.
Turkey with a difference
8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 - 1/3 cup minced scallion (white and green parts) depends how oniony you want it
1 loaf raisin nut bread
12 - 16 slices smoked turkey breast (thin slices) minced
fresh basil leaf
Mix the cream cheese, minced, smoked turkey and scallions together ahead of time so the flavors can blend. Spread your bread with all with a thin layer of butter and then a thin layer of cream cheese, mixture. Place the basil leaves randomly on top. Top with buttered bread. Wrap and refrigerate until the cream cheese is cold and firm, cut the edges off the the bread. Cut the sandwiches into whatever shapes desired. Also makes an interesting addition onto the sandwich tray
Herbed cream cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 cup mixed herbs, chopped (basil, tarragon, rosemary, etc)
Combine all ingredients and blend well. Spread butter on bread choice, then spread filling over half of the bread slices. Top with second slice of bread, cut off crusts and cut to triangles
Ok this next one is a time involved one, but is so worth it!
Cheese and Pear
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup gorgonzola, crumbled
2 tablespoons heavy cream
8 slices raisin pumpernickel bread (thin slices)
2 pears, peeled and thinly sliced
Combine the cream cheese, Gorgonzola cheese and cream in a bowl and mix to blend well.
I make these for a bridal showers and for eye appeal, I leave them as open faced, though if you want to, you can put a slice on top and cut as you would for a closed tea sandwich. I use a 3 inch heart shaped cutter to cut the bread, and spread the hearts with the cheese. Then use an unpeeled red-skinned pear and fanned three thin slices on a cutting board, cut them with the heart cutter, then placed them on the sandwiches. I drizzle honey over the pear. There was really very little waste and the sandwiches were as beautiful as they were yummy.
Mixed or Plain Seafood
3/4 cup soft cream cheese
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
20 slices bread (of your choice)
2 cups mixed seafood of your choice or use all one type, finely chopped (prawns, crab, shrimp or lobster)
1/2 cup Hellman's mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
salt and pepper
Combine the cream cheese and chives, spread the mixture onto one side of each slice of bread. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl, then evenly spread the mixture over 10 of the bread slices. Top with the other 10 slices, remove the crusts, and cut.
14 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon green bell pepper, minced
1 tablespoon onion, minced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3/8 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
In a large bowl combine first 4 ingredients (cream cheese - bell pepper) and stir in the onion, lemon juice and nutmeg. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Spread one side of each piece of bread with butter or one long slice if you want to roll this one for a pinwheel. Looks nice as a pinwheel, though I do not put anything in the center of this one. Top with second buttered slice of bread or roll up. Cut off crusts and cut to shape desired. Also makes an interesting addition onto the sandwich tray
Confetti Tea Sandwiches
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
16 cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons Hellman's mayonnaise
1 cup carrot, grated
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, finely diced
1/2 cup purple onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
Combine lemon juice, softened cream cheese and mayonnaise in a medium bowl and mix until very well blended (I used my hand mixer). Depending on how you like your spreading consistency, you might wish to add more mayonnaise, but don't make it too wet. You don't want sloppy sandwiches. Don't forget the veggies will release some water into it as well once this sits a bit. Add the vegetables and stir by hand until well mixed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Butter both pieces of bread before assembling to prevent sogginess. Cut off crusts, cut to 4 squares
Can also use this mixture as a topping on a cracker. Very colourful.
Here is another popular "outside the box" sandwich that I have used
Nut bread sandwich
9 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup orange juice, plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
3/4 cup chopped cranraisins
24 slices nut bread (thin slices)
Blend the cream cheese with an electric mixer on slow speed for about 1 minute to soften it up. Add the orange juice and raisins to the cream cheese and stir with a spoon to mix. Spread the cream cheese spread on 24 thin nut bread slices to make 12 sandwiches. Thinly trim the bread crusts off the sandwiches. Make two diagonal slices across each sandwich to make 4 triangular sandwiches. Also makes an interesting addition onto the sandwich tray
I love Spinach dip, so this one is inspired by my love of that flavour
3 green onions, finely chopped
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained well (or chopped fresh, I have done this either way)
3 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sour cream
Combine all ingredients. Spread thinly on buttered bread to make sandwiches. Cut off crusts and cut into squares or use a cookie cutter for shapes.
Herbed butter and smoked salmon sandwiches
Herbed butter :
1/2 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon scallion, white and green parts, minced
1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
1 loaf dense seven-grain bread or 1 loaf health bread
8 slices smoked salmon
For the herb butter, combine all the butter ingredients in a mixer and beat until mixed, but do not whip. Lay out bread and spread them all with a thin layer of herb butter. Place smoked salmon. Top with another slice of bread, butter side down. cut off crusts and cut to triangles
2 (14 ounce) cans artichoke hearts, in water, drained, chopped
1 1/4 cups Hellman's mayonnaise
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a medium bowl, stir together the artichokes, mayonnaise, onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper. Butter bread, spread with filling. Cut off crusts and cut to ribbons
Of course, fillings don't have to be limited to dainty tea sandwiches lol You can make regular sandwiches for family and friends, if you want. Most of these fillings will last in the fridge for several days, and some, actually even taste better when left for a day or two before using!
Like I said yesterday, there are endless combinations to use. Sometimes, it just takes a little thinking about what flavours to pair together. I remember my mom when I made the spinach sandwich the first time....But that is dip she exclaimed..and it turned into one of her favorite sandwiches for a lunch. You just never know...
Sunday, July 20, 2014
As I have had a few people ask me, I will give a page on the making of tea sandwiches.
These fancy little sandwiches are quite easy to make, even though they look finicky to make, the fancy part comes more in the presentation of them, more so, than the types they are. Presentation comes in types of cuts, for lack of a better way to say it in short.
Pinwheel sandwiches are the only ones that you have to think ahead for, as you have to ask the bakery to slice the loaf of sandwich bread long ways down the loaf, instead of the regular sliced cut.
You will also need both brown and white loaves cut this way, especially if you plan to make ribbon sandwiches as well. (brown bread, filling, white bread, filling, brown bread or vice versus) Generally, the rule of thumb is if you make 5 sandwiches on white, you make 5 on brown.
Always, if you want to be professional, use real butter, not margerines. You can whip it to go further. Spread butter on the inner surfaces right to the crusts of all sandwiches, because this is what will prevent your tea sandwiches from becoming soggy from the fillings.
Make the sandwiches the day or evening before the event, but do not cut any of them until just before the event. PLace theem back in the plastic bags neatly, seal and store in the fridge. All rolled sandwiches, wrapped each roll snuggly in Saran wrap and store in fridge over night. This will help your sandwiches to cut a lot nicer and hold shape once cut as well.
Always cut the crusts off, just before cutting shapes for the platters. Cut in squares, triangles and strips are most popular and least wasteful. Some use small cookie cutters for circles, hearts, and so on. Depending on your event and how fancy you want to be, if you don't mind the wastes.
Fillings should never be spread thicker than the slice of bread, You do not want the sandwiches "oozing" the fillings, once they are cut.
Simple combinations for rolled sandwiches:
(all start the same, spread long slice of bread with butter, then the filling (cheez whiz), with a line of something for the center (olives). Start rolling around what you chose for the center and roll to the end of the slice, wrap in Saran. In the morning, unwrap, slice off the crusts, and cut to 5 or 6 pieces, viola! pinwheels!)
cheez whiz and green olives
peanut butter and banana
herbed cream cheese and gherkins
cream cheese and marachino cherries
egg salad and thin strips of red and green peppers or canned asparagus spears
salmon and gherkins or dill pickles
cream cheese mixed with chopped nuts and dried apricots in the center
canned asparagus spear alone
The combinations are endless and are only limited by your imagination, for any of the sandwiches.
Simple standard fillings, do not make them too "wet" :
Mashed canned flakes of chicken, bit of mayo and celery
Mashed canned ham, cream cheese
Mashed salmon and finely chopped green onions and celery
Mashed egg and bit of mayo
Cream cheese and mixed chopped dried fruits
Mashed canned turkey, bit of mayo and drop of liquid smoke
Mashed canned ham or spam, green relish
Thinly sliced cucumber with herbed cream cheese
Cheddar cheese (especially of children are present)
Ham filling and cheddar
Again, the list goes on...
Some seriously different flavoured fillings:
1/2 medium cucumber, chopped (put on paper towel squeeze lightly, to soak wetness)
1/2 medium-size red bell pepper finely chopped
1 1/2 carrots, grated
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon Hellman's mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounce can crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
In a pan, combine pineapple, flour, walnuts and sugar. Cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool. Mix in mayonnaise. Cover and cool overnight in refrigerator.
If you want to be a little more finicky, you can make small open face sandwiches. Butter bread, cut off crusts and cut into triangles and squares. Don't bother spreading filling, just a small lump of filling in the center and top with something for instance - chicken salad with a mandarin orange segment on top
crab or shrimp salad with a small piece of avocado or thin slice cucumber
salmon with a thin slice of cucumber
liverwurst, dijon mustard, small slice of red onion
Spread peanut butter on white bread. Layer chopped cooked bacon and sliced banana on top.
BLT- Mix 1/3 cup each mayonnaise and finely chopped cooked bacon; season with pepper. Spread on toasted white bread. Sandwich with sliced cherry tomatoes and baby greens.
Chicken salad with a slice of granny smith apple
again the list is endless
There is some ideas for you.Hopefully that helps when you need to make some tea sandwiches.Think flavour when trying to decide what to make. These sandwiches should be one or two bites of BIG flavour, though I know some people try to keep them on the quiet bland taste. Sometimes all it needs is a pinch of cayenne pepper or a bit of something else that makes the flavour brighter, if you know what I mean.
That is all I can think of for now as my wrist is starting to ache so I must go Take care
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Not a good day in house today! All of us gained today, unfortunately. But I suspect it is water weight for most of us. It has been so hot and after listening to the chatter while waiting for everyone to finish up with weighing in, no one was over eating....if anything were undereating, as it is just to hot to eat.
But we can say anything we want, the only proof of water weight is when suddenly it flushes off by the following week to show maintains or lower.
We finished the paper " Mirror Mirror" this week. It was stated thatrace comes into play as well. Generally Black and Asian women have a more positive body image tha the Caucasian women, although this did depend on the degree to which they accepted the beauty standards of the dominant culture.
Black women with high sefl esteem and a strong sense of race identity rated themselves more attractive than photographs of supposedly beautiful white fashion models
Another interesting ethnic fact was found in Mexican immigrants to America. Those that came to America before they were 16, had problems with ideas of body image, while those that arrived after they were 17 were less affected
Again TV and Magazines rated high in the most influence on the body imagery a person has. The article did go a step further in claiming that it is mostly the ads and commercials at fault, more than the actual programming. I tend to disagree, as I think it is the whole package deal, the programs as well as the ads and commercials.
I also related about a friend of mine. A few years ago now, a friend was trying out for television newscasting. They told her she got the job BUT she had to lose some weight and then keep it there. They would be weighing her every week to be sure she met the requirement. If she gained weight, she would be fired.
I was horrified. But she wanted the job so badly. She was always starving herself and trying wacky diets. She wouldn't listen to reason at all.She became addicted to weighing herself after each time she ate anything, which, of course, showed a gained, she just ate! She stayed with it for several months, but sure enough, the day came when she put on weight and she was indeed fired. Couldn't fight it cause it was in the small print of her contract as well.
I was not surprised when they fired her. I knew it would come.ANYBODY that deprives themself of ANY foods they love, is set up to fail sooner or later, doesn't matter whom you are.
Moods come into play as well, which also I think is a given. You feel low or in a bad mood, you attack yourself and find more things to be negative about your own body. Women especially, have body image distortion and often see themselves as larger than they actually are.
If you are teased about your flaws in your appearances , especially your size and weight when you are a child or teenager, the image of your body may have becomes permanently disturbed
Also if as a child, touch deprivation, meaning little or no hugging or being held.
People in stable long term relationships have a more positive body image than singles.
Then there is all the eating disorders and such. Too many to list each one individually. And also the more serious side of the issue, as it can lead to death. I will lump the bodybuilding sport into this catagory as well as it can have the same results.
Excessive exercise, drugs, starvation, purging, are all part of the eating disorders and the more serious side of this issue. I am glossing over these as these need to be tending by proper educated people
Next week we are starting on a series to do with Men and their body image. I am expecting a real different view, that that of Women and their body image that we did awhile ago.
have a good week everyone!
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