3rd Annual Arbor Village Iron Chef 2012

3rd Annual Arbor Village Iron Chef 2012

UGH! It isn’t bad enough that I can not sleep but the blog I started typing completely just disappeared sooo… instead of doing a BIG update, I am going to do a couple small updates. I am editing pictures from our outing to NW Trek today so I can get them sent to our website lady to be posted.

Friday, September 14th- 3rd Annual Iron Chef Competition

This is one of my more favorite events at Arbor Village. Besides the initial preparation once the event goes under way, I really do not have to do much. Usually I am running around with my head chopped off and this event I can really just watch and run around with my head held on my multiple strings! It is great! This year our secret ingredient was Avocados. I told myself a couple months ago that this was my year to try new foods. I definitely did that on this day!! So here are some pictures of the food I tried:

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Whipped Goat Cheese and Avocado Bruschetta topped with fresh mint… OH MY GOODNESS! This was heavenly! You couldn’t taste the goat cheese and the mixture was absolutely amazing! It was fresh and fluffy. I dream about this frequently!

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Vuelve la Vida (I am not sure if I remember the name correctly). It means “Bringing back to life”. Supposedly in Mexico when you drink ALOT you eat this to bring you back to life. I do not eat seafood… never really have but because this is my year to try new foods I had shrimp alfredo a couple weeks ago and loved it! I was chugging down this very tasty dish and started chewing…. and chewing… and chewing some more. My coworker Jessica looked at me and said, “You know you are eating Octopus, right?” UHM, NO I DIDN’T! I enjoyed it though. This also had crab and shrimp in it. I ate probably 6 of these! I even saw a little octopus leg with the little suction cups and ate it! SO PROUD OF MYSELF!

I thought I got a picture of the other seafood appetizer but I didn’t. IT WAS SOOOO delicious! It was a shrimp cocktail with a mango avocado salsa. It was heavenly. the shrimp didn’t taste shrimpy and the salsa was so delicious. It had was fresh and citrusy and a bowl full of heaven. I ate leftovers of this for days! (With fresh roti from my Fijian coworker!)

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Oh, change my mind… you really can not see it but this resident is eating the shrimp cocktail. It is in his left hand. I guess I should explain a little history on the appetizers. The first year we had mangos as the not-so secret ingredient. We didn’t have appetizers. The residents got mad (they get jealous easily). The second year we had mint as our ingredient and told the judges they needed to prepare 100 appetizers. Everyone in attendance got to test the appetizers and vote on the winner. This would be the tie breaker.

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Luckily the chef that made this made extras. It was a stuffed avocado with crab. UHM! SO GOOD!!

 

Anyways, this was a great event. If you would like to see more pictures… take a look at the Arbor Village website:

 

 

 

UGH! It isn’t bad enough that I can not sleep but the blog I started typing completely just disappeared sooo… instead of doing a BIG update, I am going to do a couple small updates. I am editing pictures from our outing to NW Trek today so I can get them sent to our website lady to be posted.

Friday, September 14th- 3rd Annual Iron Chef Competition

This is one of my more favorite events at Arbor Village. Besides the initial preparation once the event goes under way, I really do not have to do much. Usually I am running around with my head chopped off and this event I can really just watch and run around with my head held on my multiple strings! It is great! This year our secret ingredient was Avocados. I told myself a couple months ago that this was my year to try new foods. I definitely did that on this day!! So here are some pictures of the food I tried:

Image

Whipped Goat Cheese and Avocado Bruschetta topped with fresh mint… OH MY GOODNESS! This was heavenly! You couldn’t taste the goat cheese and the mixture was absolutely amazing! It was fresh and fluffy. I dream about this frequently!

Image

Vuelve la Vida (I am not sure if I remember the name correctly). It means “Bringing back to life”. Supposedly in Mexico when you drink ALOT you eat this to bring you back to life. I do not eat seafood… never really have but because this is my year to try new foods I had shrimp alfredo a couple weeks ago and loved it! I was chugging down this very tasty dish and started chewing…. and chewing… and chewing some more. My coworker Jessica looked at me and said, “You know you are eating Octopus, right?” UHM, NO I DIDN’T! I enjoyed it though. This also had crab and shrimp in it. I ate probably 6 of these! I even saw a little octopus leg with the little suction cups and ate it! SO PROUD OF MYSELF!

I thought I got a picture of the other seafood appetizer but I didn’t. IT WAS SOOOO delicious! It was a shrimp cocktail with a mango avocado salsa. It was heavenly. the shrimp didn’t taste shrimpy and the salsa was so delicious. It had was fresh and citrusy and a bowl full of heaven. I ate leftovers of this for days! (With fresh roti from my Fijian coworker!)

Image

 

Oh, change my mind… you really can not see it but this resident is eating the shrimp cocktail. It is in his left hand. I guess I should explain a little history on the appetizers. The first year we had mangos as the not-so secret ingredient. We didn’t have appetizers. The residents got mad (they get jealous easily). The second year we had mint as our ingredient and told the judges they needed to prepare 100 appetizers. Everyone in attendance got to test the appetizers and vote on the winner. This would be the tie breaker.

Image

 

Luckily the chef that made this made extras. It was a stuffed avocado with crab. UHM! SO GOOD!!

 

Anyways, this was a great event. If you would like to see more pictures… take a look at the Arbor Village website (you can see the desserts also!):

3rd Annual Arbor Village Iron Chef 2012

Afterthougt: I forgot to post the best picture of all! My work sissy, Jessica and I!

Author: laurasznn

I am a conservative, slightly old-fashioned crazy girl. I love to read, write, sew, scrapbook, cook, bake, do crafts, enjoy nature, take my car off-roading, ride my bike, and just stay busy. I sometimes say I want a lazy day BUT I hate not having anything to do which means I frequently stretch myself too thin. I am the Life Enrichment Director at an assisted living facility. I love being around the elderly population. They are such amazing people who have so much to offer and teach. I also love the little guys too... I love being around kids, especially my nieces and nephews! In December of 2019 I was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation that quite literally may have been a life changing diagnosis. I went from feeling like I was crazy. To maybe having answers.

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