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: