Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Treat of the Week: Fireworks form a Feast for the Fourth



 

Our family celebration for the Fourth of July was bright and colorful with a theme of fireworks.  We began with that great American tradition, fajitas!  Grilled filet mignon and savory chicken breast were joined by caramelized onions, brilliant yellow rice and, my favorite, a mixture of multi-hued beans, corns and tomatoes which mimicked the colors of pyrotechnics in the night sky.

Joining the traditional toppings of sour cream and grated cheese was that gorgeous salsa of avocado and pineapple, the recipe my mother created a few weeks ago.  This sweet and savory salsa of pineapple, avocado, green onions, tomatoes, citrus and fresh herbs is a new family favorite.











The fireworks continued into the dessert course with another family favorite, a light and fluffy Victoria Sponge Cake adorned with berries and whipped cream evoking a pattern of festive lights bursting over a balmy summer evening.  

This classic sponge cake, a recipe that’s been in use for centuries, is baked in a “tiara pan.” It’s then spread with a layer of lemon curd. This keeps the next layer from making the cake soggy. The lemon curd is topped with a thick spread of luscious, rich, home-made French pastry cream. Fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, glazed with warmed jam, adorn the top—glistening sparks in a pattern of pyrotechnics. The finishing touch is piped, freshly-whipped cream.  Perfection.







The best part was, we got all the fireworks without the crowds, heat, mosquitoes, and traffic!    And, in my mind, there's nothing better than good food.  So, as far as I'm concerned, it was the finest Fourth possible!


15 comments:

April said...

Mmmm. Lights my hunger fuse. Lunchtime!

Beth Ann said...

Ooooooooo. I love it all. The cake is o pretty. I will make fajitas tonight. I like the Treat of the week. I don't want to wait. Put it back on mondays. :)

Carolyn said...

Scrumptious! What a beautiful combo!!

Doug said...

Looks great! Beats hotdogs and ice-cream by a long shot!

Matt said...

I wish I had a tiara pan. Fashionable and delicious. Seriously this all looks really good. Wish I had the food more than the pan!

Nana said...

My favorite kind of cake

Barb said...

Delicious and so pretty!

Sam P said...

Me gusto. One of three Spanish phrases I remember. That and yo quiero. Yum!

Angelo said...

Oh yeh. Lots of good food!!!

Gene said...

Perfect Independence Day dinner. One day when I am independent, I will have something like it.

Mark said...

Brilliant!

Renee said...

Again the beautiful salsa. I'm in love. This all looks gorgeous and I would devour the sponge cake. It's light so it's healthy.

Gregg said...

The sponge cake does look like fireworks!

Kathy said...

Boom! That's not fireworks, it's my stomach growling from these pics.

Book Gurl said...

Great work!