Another brunch carving. This one was a sailfish that was cut from a thin, half block of ice. It required attaching the bill, which this is the first time I have attempted this since being in Hawaii. Again, she turned out ok.
Another nice appetizer to get your mouth watering. This is a simple, popular dish that I really enjoy. We wrap U-10 scallops in thinly sliced Italian prosciutto and pan sear. They are served on a house grown basil pesto infused polenta cake. The morel broth is hit with tomato and shallots, and of course, finished with whole butter.
Today chef surprised me with an unexpected gift. A vacuum packaging machine. And naturally, as with any gift, the first thing I had to do was play. I got the dry ancho-coffee rub for the Buffalo packaged, went through all the portioned fish and other meats. Pretty much anything I could find now can be found tightly packaged in one of our many coolers. Then, sous vide came to mind. I have been looking for a way to make our achiote marinated chicken more attractive and simplified. The marinade, although very red when the chicken is uncooked, tends to darken and become less attractive once it has been sauteed. My thought had been, just roasting it would help. It did, but not enough. Well today I think I found my solution. By vacuum packing each marinated chicken breast and steaming or poaching them I loose no color. In addition, the fully cooked chicken seems larger, brighter, and even more delicate. Its very easy to slice, and stays incredibly juicy. The great thing is, you can cook th…
All Said and done, it was a VERY LONG DAY, but it finished nicely with this wine dinner featuring Rombauer Wines. We had a fun time creating these dishes and I believe the hard work paid off. We had 3 emersion circulators going for the Kangaroo, Veal and the House Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin Brochettes. Thank you to all who attended the dinner, and especially to my great team for making it happen tonight.