Fiesta Friday #46 is officially open! Come one, come all! We are graciously co-hosted by Margy @La Petite Casserole and Juju @cookingwithauntjuju. Margy is actually traveling to Italy as we speak, so she’ll pop in a little bit later. She wanted me to tell you that so you won’t hold it against her if she comes late to the party. She is so sweet and considerate, willing to co-host even when she’s on vacation. How can we ever begrudge her slightly-late entry? Right? Of course we’ll understand.
Juju, meanwhile, couldn’t wait to unroll the red carpet to welcome you all. She’s been ready to party for days! Quite the party animal that Aunt Juju! And that’s why we love her, right? Who wouldn’t want to be around a fun-loving, ready-to-party, cooking-dynamite person like her? I’d better not see any hands being raised. Good, I didn’t see any!
Before we party, let’s take a look at these outstanding posts from Fiesta Friday #45:
Cranberry Pineapple Panna Cotta Parfaits from Julia @Swirls and Spice.
There are parfaits and there are panna cottas. And then there are these Cranberry Pineapple Panna Cotta Parfaits! First of all, have you ever thought of combining cranberry and pineapple? That alone deserves an applause. And then coconut milk is introduced into the mix. Whoa…a standing ovation is in order! What a marvelous idea! I know MB is in awe as I am. Why, you’ve left her speechless, Julia! This one is staying bookmarked until I get the chance to try it, and it’d better be sooner than later.
Pear, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Honey Tarts from Dini @Giramuk’s Kitchen.
In Michelle’s words, “These Pear, Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Honey Tarts from Dini are gorgeous! I would expect to be served something like this at a fancy, expensive restaurant. You could serve these as an appetizer at a dinner party or finger foods at a party and your guests would think you had been slaving for hours in the kitchen. But not only do they look delicious, Dini makes them look easy!”
These tarts are just fabulous! Who needs an entrée when you have an appetizer such as these? I can easily make a meal out of them. All I need is a glass of wine and I can have a perfect dinner or lunch or breakfast…uhm…maybe skip the wine for breakfast… or not! :D
Cinnamon Stars, Almonds and Meringue from Ginger @Ginger & Bread.
In Michelle’s words, “How cute are these Cinnamon Stars from Ginger? They’re full of Christmas flavours like almond and cinnamon, combined with a soft, light meringue. Are you drooling or is that just me? One of these might find their way on top of my Christmas tree, sorry Angel…”
Hey, that’s a great idea, Michelle! Maybe they can be edible ornaments for the tree, too, what say you? Then when you’re hungry while waiting to catch Santa, you won’t have to steal Santa’s cookies. You can just reach for one of these and pluck it off the tree. Convenient and Delicious. That’s my Christmas theme this year!
Seriously, you need to take a look at this recipe. It’s a family heirloom, for one. And on top of that, it’s flourless, so it’s GF, isn’t it? And it uses whole almonds. Now it’s healthy, too! It’s a keeper, Ginger!
Orange Angel Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream from Suzanne @apuginthekitchen.
In Michelle’s words, “Suzanne made these Orange Angel Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Buttercream and they look incredible. Chocolate orange is such a yummy combination, and paired with the light and airy angel food cake it’s the perfect festive treat! I may have snuck away with more than my fair share of these cupcakes…”
I have to say, as someone who works in an elementary school, I’ve had my share of cupcakes. What with birthdays and all. So you’ll forgive me if I don’t get overly excited about cupcakes generally. Having said that, this is totally my kind of cupcakes! Light as a feather with that fresh orange flavor, yet decadent with the chocolate frosting. I think this is the perfect dessert after a heavy holiday meal. Or a perfect snack for a lazy Christmas Day. Thanks for the idea, Suzanne! How did you know I have a big box of oranges and tangerines whiling away in my kitchen?
Okay, party animals, let’s fiesta!
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