Rachel and I went to my first real (don’t call it a barbeque! There were no appropriate meats there to justify that name. Apparently) cookout of the summer last weekend. It was a cookout populated largely by foodies and/or food bloggers, and therefore stupendously awesome food-wise. I did not photodocument anything I did not have a hand in making, sadly, so you will just have to take my word for it. The hostess of the event was Elena of biscuitsandsuch.com, which makes this food blog look sad and pathetic. Or, you know, scrappy? Whatever. Elena is a professional photographer and so has the advantage on us over here.
Anyway, for the party, we made some foods!
This fruit salad was made of mangoes, strawberries, mint, and a glaze made of mango chutney, lime juice and lime zest. The glaze was really a winner; we were lucky to have leftover mango chutney from Indian take-out last week! I ate a lot of this at the party and then for breakfast every day until it was gone. Now I’m sad that we have no more of it.
We were told that there would be sangria provided by Elena at the party, but that there were no guarantees of any being left by the time we arrived. Terrified of spending the afternoon sangria-less, we decided to make some ourselves just in case. We also happened to have some tasty red wine leftover from previous drinkins. The sangria was made from eqyal parts wine (a shiraz) and cranberry juice cocktail, and fruit: a lot of crushed and whole raspberries, green apple and peaches.
As it happens, there was plenty of sangria left when we got there. So we got to drink both!
Do you know what is better than a pig in a blanket? A pig in a Slanket. A Slanket is like a Snuggie but with a funnier name.
Here you can see the pigs in Slankets themselves, along with the sangria and fruit salad! The pigs are cocktail wieners wrapped in Pillsbury crescent roll dough, and frankly looked so cute and tasty that I almost temporarily gave up my vegetarian ideals to eat one.