Back in May, my theatre company performed in the Houston Fringe Festival. Being a co-op, we generally split all income from our shows (minus expenses). When we received the check for our Fringe performances, we decided to throw a little get-together at my house rather than give each of the 7 actors, 2 playwrights and 1 director a small check.
As I prepared the menu for the gathering, I tried to keep the attendees’ various dietary needs in mind. One person is vegetarian, another doesn’t do dairy or pork, others only eat things that are unhealthy…a variety of requirements, in other words. So I went from one end of the culinary spectrum to the other. A little something for everyone.
- fresh fruit
- hummus and fresh vegetables
- black eyed pea salad
- 7 layer dip
- little sandwiches (brisket, homemade green onion/cheese)
- artichoke dip
- various sweets
- two pork death
That last one might be of interest to you, if for no reason other than science. There is a very simple hot appetizer recipe that I found online – over 7,000 people rated this recipe as five stars (out of five), so I thought I’d check it out. Here it is – wrap a little smokie in 1/3 piece of bacon. Stab with a toothpick and place on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top. Bake those bitches for 40 minutes at 325 degrees, turning them over halfway through. Place them in a crock pot on low to keep warm, if they last that long.
If you can get past the utter ridiculousness of the things, what you will find is a little piece of pork candy on a toothpick. Everyone (except the vegetarian) loved them. Even people who normally eat healthy food were taking a gander (with perhaps the smallest glint of humiliation in their eye). I don’t know if I’ll ever make them again, but they were certainly a big hit.
This week James and I will be eating fish and vegetables and lean turkey to try to get the blood flowing again.
I HAVE NO REGRETS.