There were some really good contributions made by the girls. I really hope that Joanna will chime in and tell us what's in her incredible spinach dip. It was so good that I lovingly teased her about actually purchasing the dip and not making it. Honestly, she could sell this dip -- that's how good it was. I'm anxious about getting the recipe because I would love to be able to share this with my sister, who I know will love it.
Another star of the meal was Jenn's oriental salad. This may have been the winner of all the sides as it was gobbled up and the leftovers were taken home. The flavour was wonderful, which included crunchy noodles, a sweet dressing, and tiny toasted sesame seeds. The recipe will be good to have on hand for those pot luck events as I know everyone will love it.
My additions included a salad made from Mâche lettuce, a ripe avocado, sliced red onion, sun dried tomatoes, and orange segments. The flavours were bright and summery -- perfect for the meal.
One of the requests I made to my mother-in-law is for her to bring her delicious caponata. We first tried this over the holidays and I had been craving it ever since. A caponata is an Italian antipasto dish made from roasted eggplants and peppers. It's served at room temperature or slightly chilled. I'm not sure what seasonings are put into this but it is a beautiful blend of flavours. Luckily, a huge batch was made especially for me so I will enjoy some this afternoon spread on a warm, crusty baguette.
Honorable mentions also go to Joanna's tangy, bright green guacamole.
And my simple chickpea salad that had fresh parmesan, lemon juice and olive oil.
Last but not least, a last minute request from my loving husband was to make some spring rolls. These turned out to be a bigger hit then I would have ever expected. The filling included ground chicken, shredded cabbage and flavourings such as garlic, ginger, soy, and oyster sauce.