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Flaming Cabbage! – swell

Flaming Cabbage!

Appetizer Buffet at the Flaming Cabbage Retro Cocktail Party

Appetizer Buffet at the Flaming Cabbage Retro Cocktail Party

It’s been awhile, I realize.  I officially turned a year older, went out of town, and had spent a lot of time cleaning up my apartment to prepare for a retro cocktail party featuring a flaming cabbage centerpiece!  I have wanted to make this fantastic organic decorative piece for a long time, and finally went for it.  I spent two days making farinata, nut cheese, salsa, ants on a log, endive cups, almond rice balls, sweet potato-black bean-rice balls, and sliced veggies, in between dusting and dishes.  Here is the star of the show, a beautiful (though afterwards largely unusable) vegetable centerpice made of green cabbage, red kale, and a bed of ice, sure to make Brini Maxwell glad:

Fire And Ice Cabbage Centerpiece

Fire And Ice Cabbage Centerpiece

While I had planned to make several painstaking appetizers, there simply wasn’t enough time for a busy working woman.  I did manage to make “ants on a log mini-bites” (is that vegan?) and some endive cups filled with pine nut cheese, homemade balsamic fig spread, and basil chiffonade!  Not very retro, but very pretty, and very popular.  In fact, the only thing left after this whole full table were a few stray store-bought chips and bits of salsa.  A successful party with minimal cleanup thanks to my dear lovely friends Michael and Rachel who helped with the dishes at the end of the night.

Stuffed Endives and Mini Ants on a Log

Stuffed Endives and Mini Ants on a Log

I hope to be back soon with “real” entries and some recipes, but life lately has consisted of green smoothies and repeated entrees… it’s not blog fodder, but definitely makes for a happy tummy!

No Responses to “Flaming Cabbage!”

  1. Shelby says:

    Gorgeous pictures and Happy Belated Birthday!

  2. Jes says:

    Holy flaming cabbage! I love it! In the Cabbagetown neighborhood in Atlanta we have a cabbage drop every New Year’s which centers around dropping a flaming cabbage. I love your rather more sophisticated dinner party version!

    Happy belated birthday; hope it was a good one!

  3. Nicole says:

    Incredible photographs. I really love the flaming cabbage centerpiece. Happy belated birthday!

  4. Melisser says:

    Oh my, I love that centerpiece! Too funny.

    The nosh sounds delightful.

  5. DJ says:

    Lovely – and what a centrepiece! Happy Birthday!

  6. That looks awesome! Very cool :)

    Happy Birthday!!!



  7. shellyfish says:

    That is the coolest centre piece I have *ever* seen!

  8. Courtney says:

    Awww…happy birthday! I hope you had a great day–it looks like your party was a hit! All of the food looks fabulous, and that centerpiece is very impressive!


  9. Jennifer says:

    Your spread is gorgeous and Brini would indeed approve. Thanks for the Brini shout out – check out her new line of products for the home at felixpopuli.com

  10. Alyssa says:

    What a party?! Thanks for hosting us. It was splendid.

  11. Alyssa says:

    also awesome photo!

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