Good Morning, CS followers. Yes, I'm a day late with this post, but then we did have a slight headache yesterday after a fantastic birthday celebration for Jennifer! Let me lay it out for you... the ingredients she asked us to use included: tobiko, trout, acai berry, brussels sprouts and marzipan. What the heck can you make with that?? Sit back and enjoy!
Cocktail - Blueberry Acai Berry Mojito
Acai berry vodka, muddled frozen blueberries and mint, and blueberry Polar Seltzer. Delicious, refreshing, and a great start to a fun evening!
Appetizer - Ahi Tuna Parfait with Tobiko
Okay, a couple of changes. First off, I could not find for the life of me multiple tobikos. So we stuck with the one I could find and simply layered it with the tuna tartar. Secondly, I couldn't grasp why you would add whipped cream at the end, so I skipped it. Delicious! Restaurant quality!
Appetizer Wine - Mura Mura Canyon Sake
This Mura Mura brand sake comes from a local wine store called "Total Wines." It's awesome! There are about 5 different varieties with different flavor combinations. This "canyon" sake is a traditional dry sake with hints of crisp green apple and a nice medium body.
Entree - Rainbow Trout with Apple Pearls, Lemongrass Gremolata Crumbs and Riesling Butter Sauce
I know what you are thinking. You are reading that recipe and going "what the heck?" It was incredible! Basically... it's a trout with a panko crust that is made of fresh herbs and lemongrass topped with a beurre blanc and scattered apple pieces. We served it with a side of sauteed shaved brussels sprouts with a little garlic, shallot and balsamic. Perfection! Restaurant quality dish that you will never find in a restaurant!
Entree Wine - 2011 Domaine Saint-Martin Saint Veran
One of Jennifer's favorite wines is White Burgundies, so we absolutely did not want to disappoint her for her birthday dinner. This crisp medium-bodied white had great aromas of pear and honeysuckle with bright citrus. For an unoaked chardonnay it was not overly buttery but had great hints of mineral and granny smith apple. Delicious!
Dessert - Almond Cupcakes with Blueberry Tequila Filling, Topped with Marzipan and Acai Berry Cream Frosting
So obviously my cupcake making skills leave a little something to be desired. But the taste was there and that's what matters! The tequila filling was divine and the frosting was so incredible. Yes, it was a sweet cupcake, but isn't that what cupcakes are all about?
So overall, a lovely birthday meal that really hit it out of the park! A total new twist on old flavors that surprised our birthday girl immensely!
Next Week - TBD