Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Going out for dinner

It's that time of year when I love to go out to eat.
And I'm  not talking restaurant, no siree...

This is something waaaaaaaay nicer!

Time to pack up and go out for dinner.

Eat in the gazebo.
Hike up into the mountains...

or simply toast summer in the backyard.

When you eat out, it's extra fun to play with your food.
I love serving the simplest of dishes, but taking time to make it look extra pretty.
Pair dainty dishes with rusty pails.
Garnish with flowers in ridiculous excess.

Why not?

Here's a fun idea for Scandinavian style sandwiches. It's easy to adapt to your circumstances (be sure to substitute ingredients like the salmon and mayo if you're going on a hike and have no refrigeration, for example!)

Cut circles of bread and cheese. Assemble some finger-lickin' fillings like smoked salmon pate, flavored cream cheese, avocado smooshed with lime juice, and so on. Stack the ingredients, using the sticky ones between the bread and cheeses.
You'll want the stacks about the same height as a cucumber (see photo and next step.)

Peel cucumbers and slice into very thin, long strips.
Wrap around the stacks and secure with toothpicks.

Tuck into boxes, surround with ice in ziplock bags, and add a few pretty garnishes. 
I favor lemon and dill if you're using salmon as I did here but fancy radishes, tiny baby veggies and edible flowers are also lovely.

When you are ready to eat, simply plop the cucumber wrapped sandwiches on a plate and garnish.

They are as delicious as they are pretty.

Happy dining out.

If you're in the Sierra Nevada next week, meet Mr. Wonderful and me in the mountains. I'll be the one beside the creek dipping brushes (and probably toes) while munching on a Scandinavian sandwich. 

Shall I bring one along for you, too?
Let's all go out to eat!


Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Sharyn,

Ahh, dining in the great outdoors; truly we are cut from the same cloth! :) Of course, when it's been almost one hundred degrees lately, we've been hiding inside as much as possible. But we'll have to try a picnic tomorrow for my soon to be 10-year old's birthday party (we'll have to borrow your adorable cucumber sandwich idea, too)!



Debbie said...

Oh, it sounds so wonderful, Sharyn and looks wonderful too. It's always cooler to eat outside as well. Now if I can just drag my family out ;- ) It is worth the try, though. Thanks for the idea with the cucumbers.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Oh, you girls! How wonderful to be enjoying a popsicle-hot summer! Here it is in the low 60's and we are guessing summer will arrive about July 4, 2012!!! No heat at all this year for the Pacific Northwest. I am just like you, Debbie, but instead of dragging them out into the heat I'm dragging my crew out into the chilly rain. It's still wonderful to eat out, isn't it?!?!?

Sharyn Sowell said...

Caroline said:

Great post! Xo

jone hallmark said...

Sharon - I LOVE this post!!!
I really am ready to come up to visit you.....sigh.....

Would love to hear how Las Vegas was for you, business-wise.....worth it?

You look soooooo cute in the last photo with the red wagon!!!
Hope to "talk" soon....

CobwebstoCookies said...

Will you be an advisor for Cobwebs to Cookies?! That was fabulous!!

BBLaBoss said...

I love looking at the pictures on your blog because I live in Oklahoma and it is so hot and brown here. lol My husband and I are taking a late(2yrs late) honeymoon to Oregon and Washington next summer and I can't wait!