Monday, July 30, 2012

Summerlicious with Oliver

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Hello! =)

Summerlicious lunch at Oliver's was such a success. I am very pleased with the results and so were my guests!  

Update Its been a while but here we go!  

App: - Avocado lettuce wraps with tomato bacon Dressing  
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
2 tbsp finely chopped shallots 
1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno 
 3/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper  

Grilled  
2 avocados, cut in half pitted and peeled 
olive oil 
1ime juice 
1/4 hot sauce 
pinch of sugar 
salt and pepper

wraps  
olive oil 
salt and pepper 
4 tbsp prepared dressing 
8 strips bacon 
4 hard boiled eggs chopped 
2 tomatoes diced 
2 heads boston lettuce, cleaned and leaves removed

Oh my goodness, this appetizer was one of the most hardest to prepare for but it was very, very rewarding! The guacamole was bang on! It had a very unique taste, the lime juice and hot sauce really work well together to give your taste buds some excitment. In the end, everyone was all over the guacamole.  

Side App - Watermelon soup
6 cups watermelon juice of one lime 
30ml grated ginger salt 
6 mint leaves

This was a really good chiller, a break in between meals and also a conversation starter. The watermelon juice or soup with the mint gave a breathe of freshness in the mix and it was just so easy to down. Served in chilled shot glasses, it was a good way to entertain guests.  

Main - Salmon en papillote with herb sauce

4 salmon fillets 
10g butter 
8 thin slices of lemon halved 

HERB SAUCE 
315ml fish stock 
80 ml white wine 
2 french shallots 
250 ml cream 
4 tablespoons of herbs of your choice

I have never poached a salmon this way before but it was a good experience. I wrapped it with parchment paper and seasoned the fillet with butter, salt, pepper and lemons. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on thickness. Once it's done, serve right away with the herb sauce. The creamy herb sauce really brings back memories of my old man's cooking but this seem a bit more legit since its straight out of a french book haha.  

Dessert - Chocolate and blueberry crepes  
Crepes 
3 eggs 
salt 
50ml butter 
250ml flour 
300ml milk 

Blueberries 
4 cups blueberries 
250ml sugar 
zest of 1 lemon 
juice of 1/2 lemon 

Ganache 
175ml 35% cream 
8oz dark chocolate 
25ml butter 
salt

I had no idea why I chose such a complicated dessert but this had some assembly to do as well. I felt bad for making my guest wait on dessert but I had some trouble finding the right pan for this. It turns out that the cast iron pan was a good pan to use but I decided to use this weird one, oh well. The crepes were very tasteful, you can really taste the hint of milk which was very smooth. The blueberry sauce was the WOW factor, same with the chocolate sauce. Both very sweet so be cautious when garnishing your plate with these.


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