Monday, October 02, 2006

So when we got to the party last night, we discovered that tramezzini are actually little tea sandwiches filled with creamy, pate-like stuff, not the chunky-funky things we came up with. Also, their crusts were all removed. Oops, oh well, now we know. Everybody else's offerings looked like these British finger sandwiches (photo courtesy of whatscookingamerica.net) except that in Milan, you'll find these things at almost every bar during the Aperitivo hour. So they're usually consumed with a glass of house red, not a cup of tea. Of the 10 contest entries, I remember a few highlights: "Noce e Zola" a puree of ground walnuts with gorgonzola, "Paco De Lucia" chopped shrimp, guacamole and some other delicious stuff, "Apriti Sesame" roasted eggplant and zucchini pureed with cream cheese and drizzled with fresh (not roasted) sesame oil, and "Opera Prima" thinly-sliced roast beef, lettuce and some type of Tuscan poor-man's pate.

The rating sheets held 4 categories: aesthetics, originality, portability and overall likeability. So our ignorance gave us one advantage: originality since NOBODY had ever thought to put chunky, fall-aparty things in a tramezzino (see my recipe here), and one disadvantage: portability as the aforementioned fall-aparty things were, well, falling apart.
Result? Well, I won! Isn't that something? This here's my trophy. Paola spent the afternoon combing the little boutiques in search of a tramezzino-shaped gift for the winner and she came up with this. It's a holder for tramezzini forks! Now I'll have to host my own tramezzino party.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Ellie said...

Congratulations on the win and the nifty new kitchen toy!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous rowena said...

That prize is too cute! Congrats on winning the contest. Everything sounded so tasty...hmmm, I suppose it is a little too early to have Campari and soda right now. ;-)

8:28 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hi Ellie & Rowena, Thanks guys! It was a lot of fun. I plan to do some sort of pot-luck dinner soon to see what people come up with.

2:19 PM  
Blogger hellomelissa said...

oh, congratulations! it did sound delicious, and i LOVE your fork holder.

2:40 PM  
Blogger a.c.t said...

I don't like sandwiches with delicate fillings, so yours was definitely the best choice. If you're gonna have a sandwich, have it chunky!
Re the comment on my blog, I take it you've had Ethiopian before? Is there anything in particular you recommend as I wouldn't have a clue what to order?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hey a.c.t., If your Ethiopian place is like any of the ones I've been to, they'll serve your dish as well as the dishes of the people you're with on the same lemony, spongy pancakey (not sweet, though) flatbread the size of a very large pizza. There will be a big dollop of what you ordered next to a dollop of what you friend ordered, etc. and you tear off pieces of other big flatbreads as scoops (no utensils). The offerings are all stew-like: curry-ish lentils, mixed vegetables, spinach, and different meats like lamb and chicken. Unfortunately, I don't remember any of the names of these things. If you're lucky, you'll have the option of the sampler plate and you can decide what you like best. My favorite is the hot, red (better than the mild, yellow) curried lentils. Mmmmm. Oh, and make sure not to stuff yourself, as the flatbread (or something) seems to expand in your stomach so you'll actually feel fuller an hour after dinner!

5:30 PM  

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