Friday, 12 July 2013

The Wednesday Winter Cook Up.

Our Wednesday night cook up was a success. Good food, good company, good wine.

Here is a recap of the evening's rules-

1. You must bring 3 of your favourite ingredients
2. These ingredients are secret
3. Two of these ingredients are for savoury dishes and the third is for dessert.
4. Another rule i forgot to add was - No meat.

What was brought? 

Between the 8 of us and a few misinterpreted rules, we managed to collect some pretty impressive ingredients.
  • Chickpeas
  • Coconut milk
  • Zuchini

  • Mushrooms
  • Truffle oil 
  • Pine nuts

  • Potatoes
  • Olives
  • Finger limes

  • Tomatoes
  • Coriander
  • Strawberries

  • Chocolate
  • Black tahini
  • pumpkin
  • frozen bananas

  • Passionfruits and kiwis
  • Chickpeas- soaked and boiled
  • Ashed goats cheese

  • Bok choi
  • Garlic chives
  • Capsicums
  • Cherries

What was made?

After guessing each others secret ingredients, we put our heads together to invent this beautiful Wednesday winter menu: 

-Dinner dishes-

Truffle oil mushrooms
mushrooms sauteed with truffle oil, chili, garlic and red wine vinegar, topped with pine nuts.

Colourful, Sweet and spicy salsa
Tomatoes, coriander, green chillies, capsicum, red onion, finger limes and red wine vinegar.

Roasted potatoes
Boiled until soft and then roasted. 

Oven warmed kalamata olives

Sauteed greens with miso and sesame dressing
Bok choi, garlic chives and broccoli sauted and topped with miso dressing with toasted sesame seeds.

Roasted chickpeas
roasted chickpeas mixed with indian spices, zuchini and cherry tomatoes, topped with goats cheese.

Roasted Pumpkin
Roast pumpkin wedges with black tahini and toasted pumpkin seeds (from the same pumpkin)


Kiwi fruit and strawberries with chocolate and coconut sauce and banana ice cream topped with finger lime and passionfruit.

Banana ice cream is literally frozen bananas whizzed in a food processor for about 5 minutes.
For the chocolate sauce, we melted a block of loving earth raw chocolate with some warm coconut milk. The fats separated a bit, but the sauce still tasted amazing!

The night ended with a very humorous game of Scategories and some midnight salted caramel popcorn. 

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