?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Iron Chef & Razors - Jasmine Becket-Griffith [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith

website :    Strangeling: The Art of Jasmine Becket-Griffith
userinfo :    livejournal userinfo
archive :    journal archive

Iron Chef & Razors [Jun. 10th, 2006|04:33 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
So this morning Kachina was sleepily packing up to go (woke up at 4:30am to get an early flight) and she cut her finger open with a bathroom razor! Matt took her to the emergency room while I stayed with the babies. She's fine now, all bandaged up, but missed the flight and we re-scheduled for Monday evening. So we have houseguests for a few more days, hehe. Can't say I'm complaining - I love having them here!

Last night I took the evening off from painting (gasp). We decided to play "Iron Chef" (you know, like the Japanese cooking show). We formed two teams, each with a kitchen (Heather's kitchen and my kitchen, since we live right down the street from each other). It was Kachina & Heather against me & Amber. Chris & Matt watched the kids.

For those unfamiliar with the idea - basically two teams of chefs compete against each other by cooking three entrees a piece, all of which must feature one "theme" ingredient. Then everybody votes on each dish awarding points based on Originality, Taste, Use of Theme Ingredient, and Presentation. (Yes, my family and I like playing complicated games, lol).

We randomly picked a theme ingredient - it turned out to be tomatoes, which was pretty easy. I was hoping for something like "Chocolate" or "Coconut" which would have been challenging, but any of them would have been fun. We've played this before - previous theme ingredients have been bananas and apple.

We had a budget of $30 to spend, 15 minutes to brainstorm the menu, and exactly one hour to prepare the three dishes - it was very hectic!

It ended up being an exact tie score, so I guess both teams won! And of course we all got to eat the food, lol.

Me & Amber's menu:

*Tomato, Pear & Bleu Cheese Phyllo Dough Parcels with Tomato-Yogurt-Mint Sauce

*Roasted Corn & Sundried Tomato Patties with Black Bean/Tomatillo Relish with Queso Fresco

*Tomato & Pakora-Potato Kebabs with Fried Paneer atop a bed of Saffron Tomato Rice with a Tomato-Coconut Sauce

Kachina & Heather's menu:

*Mexican Tomato Ravioli with Tomatillo Salsa

*"Tomato-Plant" Parmesan with Pasta

*Tomato Crisp with Black Walnut Ice Cream

Kachina's Tomato Crisp was definitely the weirdest offering, lol. Basically it was a traditional brown sugar & walnut crisp (like you'd have with apples or blackberries) but with tomatoes instead of the usual fruits. It really wasn't that bad!

We had a lot of fun - we all are vegetarians and like to cook, so it's a good game for us.

Today though it's back to work for me - I've been working on my Peacock Queen painting - you can peek in on me while I work here:

Click HERE to see My Webcam

Off I go!

linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: petienka
2006-06-10 09:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like a blast, with REALLY super amazing food!!!!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:15 pm (UTC)
It was awesome!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: irrimiri
2006-06-10 09:17 pm (UTC)
that sounds like fun! I hope it tastes good, but I don't doubt about that, haha.

Have a good painting day!
I'm off to bed now, lol.

xx
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you Miri! It was all tasty!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2006-06-10 10:17 pm (UTC)
*giggles at Iron Chef Florida* Greg and I used to watch it all the time. I like the old Japanese version better than the new American one...

We've never actually "played" it at home... I don't know who'd we compete with, and if we competed against each other, Greg would kick my hiney...LOL

I'm glad you got a night off. I'm sorry Kachina cut her finger...I hope it heals quickly for her...
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like the Japanese version =)

It's hard to do at home unless you have two full kitchens near each other, hehe.

Chi's finger is much better! We just took her to the airport a couple hours ago, so she and her babies are on their way home.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: amanda_now
2006-06-10 10:36 pm (UTC)
The painting looks beautiful so far, the fabric looks so rich. How do you keep from getting burned out when you paint so much? And how do you manage to sit and paint for so long without getting distracted? I can't seem to paint for more than ten minutes at a time these days.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I just finished her up, I'm scanning her in now.

I think it's simply because (not to sound cheesy) I genuinely love painting so much. I'd rather do it than almost anything else, so nothing really holds much distraction for me. Also I am just very good at focusing my attention - if there was an opposite disorder to Attention Deficit ("Too Much Focus Disorder?") I'd probably have it!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:18 pm (UTC)
It was indeed lots of fun!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: rendergirl
2006-06-11 04:48 am (UTC)
Your family sounds like so much fun. You guys are always doing stuff, going places, being together. I'm so jealous! :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:19 pm (UTC)
Lol, it's true - we like to hang out together! I don't have many friends outside of my family, so we're all pretty close.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: carmensylph
2006-06-11 04:49 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds complicated! Hee hee.
I got my fairy book I ordered, thank you!!!!! I love it! ^_^
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:19 pm (UTC)
It was really, but it's fun!

Oh good! I'm happy that you enjoy it!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2006-06-11 05:24 am (UTC)
ha ha ha!!!!!!!!! That's so great!!! I wanna play!!
Man, you & Amber's menu looked AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Roasted Corn & Sundried Tomato Patties with Black Bean/Tomatillo Relish with Queso Fresco--that killed me...it sounded REALLY good!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh man, it was really good! Wish I was eating it right now!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: duckycat
2006-06-11 11:53 am (UTC)
Wow, from the webcam shot your Peacock Queen looks really amazing! Very intricate and beautiful! I can't wait to see it larger!! :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you mom! I'm scanning it in now, so I should be showing it off shortly!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: wickedgillie
2006-06-11 01:29 pm (UTC)
That is some amazingly creative fare! I wish I could have been one of the tasters :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you Amie! Hehe - it was all very tasty!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: wickedgillie
2006-06-12 10:57 pm (UTC)
Of course, given my current "condition" I am now madly craving everything you made. Do you guys deliver to Pennsylvania? ;)

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: _boxinghelena
2006-06-11 06:09 pm (UTC)
your Roasted Corn & Sundried Tomato Patties with Black Bean/Tomatillo Relish with Queso Fresco sounds so tasty!! Is it a simple recipe?
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you Shelley! Well, we made it up as we went along, so it was kind of confusing, lol. Basically we modified a traditional latke/potato pancake by adding cheese, roasted corn & sundried tomatoes. Fried that up, and then broiled them with slices of Queso Fresco on top. Then chopped up cilantro, onions, black beans, tomatoes, tomatillos with lime juice & cumin seeds, and served that on top!

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: wickedgillie
2006-06-12 11:12 pm (UTC)
Ok, now I want some even more! Damn you, says I! ;)

(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: risen_beauty
2006-06-11 07:44 pm (UTC)
The walnut crisp whaa..? ewwie.. lol. Ice cream and tomatoes just do not mix in my head. Maybe it's because I really am not that big of a fan of tomatoes. >.> Anywho.. I sent you an e-mail, as I randomly stumbled upon your site and viewed your art. You'll get to my e-mail... someday. lol. As for the webcam.. what KIND of webcam is this, btw? Like... I'm afraid to click it because I'm afraif what rooms you have the cameras in.. and I really don't want to see you and your hubby in an act or something.. lol.. cuz that's what people usually get webcams for. ^-^ So just let me know. If it's just for art, I'll view it. If it's for everything.. at least let me know when you're not.. naked or something.. haha. <3 - .m.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:24 pm (UTC)
Lol - it sounds like it would have been weird, but it wasn't bad!

Welcome to my journal!! Thank you for stopping by =) Ah yes, I'm usually a week or two (or more) behind on fanmail, etc. but don't worry - I write back to everybody =)

LOL - oh my goodness! No worries - it is a webcam that points at my painting desk - all you see is my hand, my paints & my painting, hehe. Sometimes I'll move it around if I'm working elsewhere, but it's all G-Rated, don't worry!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasmine_rae
2006-06-12 01:48 am (UTC)
Hi Jasmine,
Your cook up sounds like fun! it's funny how us creative types are into anything creative - whether it be art, music or cooking..i just love it too, and you never cease to inspire me. keep it up. =)
Jaz in Australia.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2006-06-12 10:25 pm (UTC)
Hey Jaz! It's true, I think artists often like being in creative in the kitchen as well as the studio!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: sweetkisses13
2006-06-13 06:34 am (UTC)
Yummy! I want some leftovers. *Giggles*
I'm sorry to hear about Kachina's finger. Poor thing.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: sandra666219
2006-06-15 10:18 pm (UTC)
sounds like fun. wish I was there. I must get that mexican ravioli recipe from you one of these days.
(Reply) (Thread)