Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fusion: Dragon Roll Burrito

Every now and then I like to take something I know and love and mix it with something else I know and love and hopefully the union is a good one. Usually I hit the nail right on the head because I am not  trying things like "green chile ice cream" or "candied steak" - typically its a blend of two things that want to be together - like my Shrimp Tempura Dragon Roll Burrito.

This dish came to me in a dream. I was fondly remembering my childhood in New Mexico and all the delicious burritos I had eaten when I fell asleep and dreamed I was a Samurai. Trekking through New Mexico as a Samurai I was getting hungry and all I had with me was shrimp tempura and rice - go figure. Surrounded by chiles and tortillas I decided to roll up my rice and shrimp in a tortilla and cover it with chile, sour cream and guacamole and a new dish was born. 

I think I need a name for my dream character now - Cheech Samurai - The Samurai Bandito - time to dream some more.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Amuse Bouche, Hors d'oeuvre, Appetizers, Small Bites - Creative Cooking Crew Challenge.

I make hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of appetizers a year. I am always trying to come up with new ones that are both efficient to make, eye catching and above all delicious. 
My newest one is this - a mini scallion pancake with smoked duck, caviar limes and basil seeds with a drop of hoisin. Simple, complex flavors and visually striking - this is the first time I have made these so I will tweak them a bit more before I am completely happy. Below you will see the myriad of appetizers I can make for you - if you want a recipe or a process for any individual one you see leave me a message in the comments and I will certainly oblige you.
Potato Cup with Tuna Tartare
Fig and Goat Cheese Tart
Smoked Duck Quesadillas
Sesame Crab Salad in a Tart Cup
Polenta Bites with Wild Mushroom and Sundried Tomato
Mini Beggars Purse with Pea Pesto (Gluten Free)
Assortment of Mini Savory Tartlets
Quesadilla with Green Apple
Herbed Cream Cheese and Fig Tart
Cucumber Bites with Tuna Salad
Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Cream and Huckleberry Coulis
Caprese Spoon - Grape Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Olive Oil Powder
Beets with Smoked Salmon and Scallions on Endive Leaves
Sweet Goat Cheese and Figs 
Herbed Goat Cheese and Figs
Potato Crisp with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche
Mini Crab Cakes with Remolaude 
Zucchini Involtini
Latkas with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche
Grilled Peach Tart with Manchego and Pine Nuts
Spring Pea Soup with Carrot Puree
Potato Samosas
Grilled Plums with Pistachio and Manchego Tart
Mini Lobster Rolls
Chicken Satay with Spicy Mango Salsa
Mini Burgers
Spring Rolls
Zucchini Involtini
Figs with Herbed Goat Cheese and Mint
Grilled Yam and Plantain with Creme Fraiche and Maguey Sweet Sap
Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta
Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta
Coconut Shrimp with a Pineapple Mayonnaise 
One Simple Shucked Oyster with Mignonette

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