Friday, May 3, 2013

Food, Glorious Food

     This year, Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival added some food and beverage booths. Unlike the Food and Wine Festival in the fall, the foods were made with "garden" ingredients to go along with the festival theme. There were less booths than in the fall, but a few of the things we tried are worth mentioning.
     The picture above of Watermelon Salad was one of my two favorites. I have already made this at home and it will be a staple at our house this summer. It is light, fresh and good for delicious. The ingredients are watermelon cubes, baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar. It is very simple to prepare-cube the watermelon, top with arugula. Reduce the balsamic vinegar (boil it until it thickens, then cool) and drizzle it over the top. Sprinkle with the feta cheese. It was really good.
      My dad tried the shrimp, grits and sausage and loved it. It looked very good and had a bit of a bite to it.

     I love mushrooms, so I opted to try the savory Mushroom and Spring Pea Bread Pudding. My first bite what I noticed was how salty it was. I was hungry and I ate it, but it was one of those foods that I never want to see again. Too much salt, too heavy and just not my thing at all. 

     Baked Goat's Brie with Kumquat Chutney-to die for! This was a crispy pastry with a creamy filling that tasted both like goat cheese and brie. This is one of those things that I could have gone back for a second...or third, but I restrained myself.

     My daughter and I had to try the "Frushi". It looks like Sushi, but is actually fruit with a coconut rice around it. Tasty but nothing I would crave.
This little bit was very good. Limoncello Panna Cotta,
wish I had one of these right now!
     We also tried the Brisket with Cornbread and the Pulled Pig Sandwich with Coleslaw on the night we went back to Epcot for the concert. Both were excellent. What concert? I guess you will just have to wait for another blog post. It certainly was fun, I must say!
I am joining Michael @ Rattlebridge Farm
for Foodie Friday


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Some sounds/looks good - some not so much. To bad about the over salty bread pudding - makes you wonder if someone over salted it by accident.
Enjoy your weekend.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

The brie has me sitting up and ready to reach through the screen, Sue, and I would love to try that watermelon salad, too. What fun. And that little dessert at the end... YUM.

Can't wait to hear which band you heard...



Traci said...

YUM! That looks like some good stuff!!

Barbara F. said...

I would have ordered the dish your dad had, love grits and with shrimp, extra yummy. xo

Blondie's Journal said...

The watermelon salad looks really refreshing. Are you sure these are the only ingredients? ;-D


xinex said...

Hi Sue! I already ate but somehow got hungry again after seeing your post, lol! The food looks very appetizing and beautifull presented.....Christine

Gypsy Heart said...

Now I'm starving! :) Love the watermelon salad ~ and the brie dish. Both are favorites for me!


mountain mama said...


Nellie's Cozy Place said...

Hi Suz,
Looks like a smorgasboard of wonderful and unique foods. That was funny frushi.....
I love fruit dishes, I just made a salad again recently that we haven't have since last spring, and it is just so great......hubby wants me to make it again tonight or tomorrow nite.
Can't wait to hear about the concert,
sound like yall had a lot of fun.....hard not to have fun at anything Disney they do everything up so beautifully. HOpe they never change that..........

Blessings hon, Nellie

Rettabug said...

How nice that you got to spend some time with your Dad & DD!

All that food looks good to me...I may even try to make some of the limoncello panna cotta...I know I have a recipe that I saved from someone's blog.

I've been helping my older sister after total knee replacement surgery, but I'm back home now & hope to be a more freq. visitor.


p.s. Your shots of EPCOT brought back fond memories of FL. We haven't been back to that part of FL since we moved 10 yrs ago.