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FOODalogue’s First Contest (with prize!)

February 16, 2012 by Joan Nova in Food Challenge | 34 Comments

I went to church.  It was a spontaneous detour.  While on a walk with friends we saw a sign “rummage sale” at the back door of a local church (unknown denomination) and ventured in. Pretty much what I expected…a lot of ‘dated’ stuff…basically nothing that appealed to me. I’m more attracted to modern, angular, shiny and minimalistic but, then, just as I was about to backtrack through the door, I spotted this cup and saucer set.

I liked the color. I was enticed by the shapes. And it definitely was a bargain … $6 for the whole set!! Yes, 6 plates and 8 cups. And although the church ladies tried to insist I take all 8 cups, I begged them not to include the other 2. I barely knew what to do with the matching 6, no less 8!

And that’s where you come in.

It’s no bargain if I never use it.

I think you know by now…I’m not a tea and crumpets kind of gal. What can I put in the cup? What can I pair it with on the plate?

Send me some creative ideas in the comments section.

I’ll make and post the one that tickles my subjective fancy and the winner will receive a ‘ta da’ box of goodies.

Comments please.

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  1. I’m going to have to really think about this one. What a fun contest! I’ll be tweeting this for sure!

    I’ll be back…
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  2. You know me I love everything old…this is a beautiful set. You should have taken the extra cups in case of breakage in the future. I would make spiked tea with rum and my rum cake.
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  3. What a fun idea! I’ll have to think about this one as well. Love the plates and cups, though–very Art-Decoesque.
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  4. Liz says:

    It would be an innovative way to serve shrimp, whether cold or hot, with a great dipping sauce.

  5. Nuria says:

    Great idea Joan, Mmmmmm (thinking), I would put some hot chocolate inside the cup and a spread of fresh fruits in the plate. Large toothpicks would be needed to deep the fruit inside the cup.

    Hope you like it :D
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  6. Eleanor Hoh says:

    OOh, Joan. Those look very YOU! So many gr8 things to use them for. Your gazpacho with bruschetta? Even for Asian twist, a little miso soup with one of your wonderful stir frys on the plate. My head is spin–ning–!
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  7. Vicki Fillet says:

    Wow these are perfect for individual chips and dip, salad with dressing on the side!, any kind of vegtable with its own sause, and don’t forget dessert, biscotti dipped in espresso!, strawberries and whipped cream, I could go on and on and on!

  8. I would separate the plates from the cups. Use the cups for a tea party. Use the plates to hold jewelry, coins, keys, stamps, etc.

  9. I would put wine in the cup and creat cheese/nuts/hummus pallet on the plates. I eat that all the time and love to serve to guests so that way the plates would get used and noticed!
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  10. Mary says:

    Very clever.

  11. What a fun idea. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on.
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  12. Melissa says:

    When I look at it I instantly think of the sea, some oysters or clams with a sauce of your choice or spring rolls or duppings with dipping sauce or even meatballs perfectly lined up to fit in each swoop with some dipping sauce or even Fruit Kabobs with Chocolate Dip! ALL YUMMY

  13. Sharon says:

    Easy for me. A martini – vodka with a healthy splash of dry vermouth (stired not shaken), a bit of lovely cheese,my special marinated olives, and a couple of my turkey sausage and apple balls.

  14. doggybloggy says:

    some nice butternut squash soup in the cup (or any soup) and some assorted canapes and crostinis on the cute little tray…
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  15. Pat R says:

    I’d fill the cup with my favorite soup and have some tea sandwiches next to the cup on the plate.

  16. Ben says:

    My Mexican side is saying right now to put guacamole in the cup and tortilla chips on the plate. Or maybe, salsa in the cup and mini molletes on the plate…
    However, hummus and pita bread would be as delicious :D
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  17. Jacqueline says:

    They are lovely Joan. A great find indeed :)
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  18. bellini says:

    It seems to me with their seashell shape we should have some seafood empanadas filled with sweet corn cilantro and queso fresco. In the cup either tamalito verde or salsa criolla for dipping:D

  19. I envision a chilled, thin vanilla custard in the cup. Then slanted rows of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cubed pound cake and chocolate.

    Or a savory version with a row of cooked shrimp and assorted vibrant veggies and a thinned out goat cheese with lemon zest and fresh herbs mixed in.

    Individual cheese trays and a balsamic reduction in the cup.

    Upscale TV dinners and the cups are pots de creme for dessert.

    That’s all I got. It was fun to think about!!
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  20. Arlene says:

    Joan, I think these are delightful. I would use them to serve warm saki and shu mai.
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  21. Mmmmm, the first thing I thought of was the sea, and the sea reminds me of my trip to Greece in 1998 (can’t wait to go back someday!), and Greece reminds me of my ferry trip from Brindisi, Italy, over to Greece, and the ferry trip reminds me of the aMAzing taramosalata I had on the trip over. Pink fish roe salad in the white cup to go with that lovely purple plate, and various olives, cucumbers, and some fried squid on the plate. With some sprigs of parsley and a few lemon wedges to boot. Heaven, Greek style.
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  22. Laz says:

    Best of luck with your giveaway.

  23. These look interesting! And what a bargain! How about some churros and a nutella dipping sauce in the cup?
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  24. Robin Sue says:

    I had to think about this one for a few days…
    In the cup a chilled creamy mango, or banana, or peach soup. For the plate I envision 3 different amuse-bouche- a savory panna cotta, a dumpling of some type, and a lettuce wrap something or other. Interested to see WWJD!
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  25. Panna cotta in the cup. A shot of Vodka, a shot glass of warm chocolate sauce to pour on the top and a two pistachio biscotti on the plate. The white, the brown and the green would look nice on the purple plate. I always go for the desserts.
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  26. These are fabulous Joan. They look a bit 1920s to me so I’m thinking traditional English fare. A roasted tomato soup with some dainty cheese scones to go with them.

  27. I’m not even going to try to top these ideas…I’m getting hungry just reading them. A great find for sure.

  28. PG says:

    Ack!!! I don’t know. Right now I am thinking of fruit and left over whipped cream I have in my fridge…so I’m going to go with a fruit medley on the place with a whipped cream or chocolate sauce in the cup.

  29. sippitysup says:

    Am I too late to the party? Serve one of your on the fly soups in the cup and any one of your amazing toasted flatbread pizzas on the plate. Then serve it as a luncheon outside in the warm Florida sunshine. Use the two extra cups to serve me a clandestine beer (or two). GREG
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