Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer Dessert

If only I could make quenelles!

I call this ensemble of foods my summer dessert.
- Blueberry cornbread
- Crushed gingersnaps
- Fresh peach slice, strawberries
- Vanilla gelato
- Salted pumpkin seed & pistachio chocolate bark
- Port berry reduction
- Dulce de leche panna cotta

The panna cotta turned out wonderfully with a smooth texture.  I used the following recipe;

- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup 1% milk
- 2.5 sheets 160 bloom/silver strength gelatin sheets
- 1/2 cup dulce de leche

  1. Heat the heavy cream and milk together.  Remove from the range, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bloom the gelatin sheets in cold water for about 5 minutes.  Shake off excess water.
  3. Add the gelatin to the heavy cream/milk mixture, and stir until dissolved.
  4. Add dulce de leche, stir until dissolved.
  5. Pour into mold of choice.
  6. Garnish with chocolate shavings

Friday, May 23, 2014

Beef and Spring Vegetables

Think I went overboard with the addition of sweet peas to the plate (unnecessary garnishes), otherwise pretty happy with how the dish turned out.

- seared steak with a roux-less demi glace
- duo of carrot and sweet pea purees
- cumin roasted potatoes and baby squash
- baby greens for garnishment