I am so pleased that we were one of the food vendors at the Vashon Classic Sheepdog Trials! It was a labor of love planning, prepping and serving so much food to good locals and visitors. The handlers, the dogs, spectators, vendors, the crazy weather all played a part in making it a memorable 7 days. Yes, seven: three days prepping, four days of continuous cooking and serving. Ask me for the recipe for chocolate pudding and I can tell you in my sleep, but it'll make 24 servings and that may be a little much for most households. But maybe not!
Shepherd's Pie was at the top of the menu, both beef and veggie. The beef is lovely grass-fed angus from Olsen Farms in Colville. They are a family farm specializing in beef and potatoes. That kind of says it all in terms of specialties that work well together, doesn't it? The veggie shepherd's pie was vegan, too, and the entire menu was completely gluten free. Veg shepherd's pie was chickpeas, carrots, local asparagus, onions, delightful seasonings, and topped with mashed sweet- and russet- potatoes. Really tasty!
The fries! The frites! Whatever you call them, we are mighty proud of our hand-cut spuds deep fried to order until crisp on the outside and really tender and delish on the inside. Fry sauce - it's European! - and/or Orca Ketchup and a big dash of kosher salt completed the sides of fries.
Chocolate pudding - yeah, so I made enough to feed the world. Not really, but 6:00 a.m. in the kitchen making pudding and pouring it into sanitized glass jars and topping with Orca Eats lids made it feel like we were serving thousands. Just hundreds, this go around! Of course" was the answer we heard time again when we asked "with whipped cream?" Who could turn down freshly whipped, as in with a whisk or a hand held mini mixer!? We did an almond milk chocolate pudding - delicious and extra chocolatey, although we don't understand the science of "why?" on that.
Beverages - "medio litre" Mexican Coca-Cola (no high fructose corn syrup, just real cane sugar), truck-made ginger ale, iced tea with or without lemon and optional you-add-it sugar, and sparkling water on ice with a wedge of lemon made for refreshing wandering among the vendors, watching the dogs bring in the sheep, and maybe a little people watching on the grass, too.
THANK YOU for making our weekend a blast, a success, and a big kick off for the summer season of food and fun on Vashon Island.