Friday, September 30, 2011

Hard Cider and the Harvest at Tudor Place

Welcome to the first of four guest posts by the blog tech! It is the morning after the Tudor Place fall event, a party that my sister planned most excellently with a bit of help from my mother. I drove a car full of food and decorations to Washington DC, bringing the gift of pesto pasta, meat trays, obatzda cheese dip, spinach dip, cream cheese in the form of pumpkins, chex mix, and about five hundred pounds of assorted cheese trays. I also saw this cute, pudgy kitty while walking around and had to include it. The kitty is planking!
Here is my sister setting up the food table at Tudor Place.
Braedon made marshmallows rolled in chocolate and graham cracker crumbs on sticks. All the s'more and none of the mess! These were really terrific, and people went nuts over them.
Here you can see my mother's pesto pasta. People absolutely went nuts over this; she added pepitos, the insides of pumpkin seeds, and it added a very nice crunchy counterpoint to the intensity of the pesto. I want one of these right now, actually. And I had more than a few last night.

You can also see cups of chex mix, the spinach dip in its bread bowl, and the obatzda cheese dip with pretzel sticks. I ate a lot of cheese at this event. Like, a lot.

Meat and cheese trays.
On to the desserts!
My sister also made the pumpkin truffles; they were some kind of pumpkin-y center deliciousness coated in white chocolate. Really, they should just be called " !s ". An exclamation mark is the perfect way to describe them. They almost knocked my eyebrows off.

More cheeses!
This is Lara, standing by the dessert table.
And here is me. I have the fisheye lens with me, which allowed for some of these panoramic shots. You'll see more of them when I put up photos of the Tudor Place gardens tomorrow.

Fisheye lenses do interesting portraits because of how they ever-so-slightly distort the face. I did a weird face expression to emphasize this.
Oh my God what is going on with my sister's left hand! This is a perfect photo of Braedon in her command center, making sure everything ran just as it should. But what the hell is going on with her hand!

Maybe she's saying, "Hey, I'm running this event. I'm so in charge here that I can somewhat bend the laws of reality. Watch me spin my hand around three hundred and sixty degrees. Just cause I can". I dunno, I'll have to ask her.

Tomorrow I'll upload photos of the garden, as well as photos of Asbury Park, New Jersey! Lara and myself are heading to the ATP Three-Day Music Festival to see bands such as Portishead, Swans, Manorexia, The Pop Group, The Horrors, Shellac, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and more! I've never been to New Jersey, but I promise all you readers right now that I am going to get at least one photo of the Jersey Devil. See you tomorrow!

-Blog Tech