Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Two American Meals

Laura and I had many great dishes while we were back home but many were lost photo opportunities where I forgot my camera at home or as, often happens, I'm too interested in starting to eat rather than take a photo.  So I missed opportunities for photos of curry, Swedish meatballs, barbecue...the list goes on and on.     Two memorable meals that we had both had cheese as their key ingredient...imagine that!

While at the Main Street Cafe in Bloomer, WI, Laura ordered cheese curds instead of fries with her sandwich...what a lovely addition.

The next meal was a mini Chicago style pizza enjoyed at Chicago O'Hare airport.  This was two trips in the making as the last time we were at O'Hare they were out of the deep dish pizza at the stand we stopped at.  

Ukrainian pizza just doesn't compare so it was a nice to have this as my last meal in America.  

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Last Christmas Pudding

Here's a little video I made about this year's Christmas pudding:


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wedding Cakes

One of the highlights while Laura and I were back in America, was attending her sister's wedding.  It was great fun and before the chairs were pushed to the side and the dance party started we got to partake in the wedding cake, or should I say, wedding cakes.  Instead of one large cake, they decided to have several smaller cakes with different flavors.  So if you weren't happy with the cake at your table you could venture out to another table, make some new friends, and get a piece of cake.

Here are some closeups on a few of the cakes we had to choose from.  

Strawberry Marble Cake With Strawberry and Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Cake With Vanilla Frosting and Strawberries

Chocolate Almond Fudge Cake

Fudge Marble Cake With Vanilla Frosting

Yellow Butter Cake

Spiced Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

German Chocolate Cake With Nuts

Lemon Poppyseed Cake With Lemon Frosting

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cheese Balls

A few days in Riga, Latvia  was a nice little vacation from our eventual return to Ukraine.  Riga had more snow then I have seen so far this winter and although I've been to Riga before [in March 2006 I asked my wife to marry me while vacationing in Riga] I had never seen it as a Winter Wonderland.

Our return to Riga also gave me a few days to enjoy one of Latvia's "delicacies." I am referring to a little product made by Adazu called Siera Bumbas which translates as Cheese Balls.  

It feels a little odd to expand upon the virtues of any food item with "ball" in the name but I have yet to find another cheese ball-related snack that comes close to these in pure tastiness.  One ball leads to another which leads to nearly a bag and there are many, many, many opportunities to exchange "Schweddy Balls" jokes all afternoon.