These are open-faced smoked salmon tartines that I whipped up for my housewarming party. I mixed dried dill, garlic powder, & salt in plain cream cheese. I smeared it over mini pumpernickel toasts, then topped it with Applewood smoked salmon, and micro greens as garnish.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Monday, 9 December 2013
For my housewarming party, I made caprese salad skewers. I sandwiched a grape tomato with fresh mozzarella cheese between a large basil leaf. I drizzled some olive oil, then sprinkled freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt on top. The colors of the appetizers were fitting for the holiday festivities.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
After three months living in my newly purchased home, I finally threw a housewarming party with a holiday-theme. I had a stocked bar of hard liquor, wine, sparkling wine, and beer. To nibble on, I made smoked salmon toasts, whiskey-apple chicken wings, caprese salad skewers, six layer dip, red velvet cupcakes, smoked sea salt chocolate cookies, and peppermint bark. I also had store-bought Mediterranean gouda, mushroom brie, and kettle-cooked potato chips.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Little Sister is the second restaurant from the owner & chef of Abigaile. It serves small Asian Fusion dishes, which are shared family-style. My sister came into town & we started with the green mango slaw mixed with shredded carrots, guava, tamarind, & red chilies. The spring rolls included grilled pork sausage, crispy egg, lettuce, mint, basil, carrots, and red chilies, all wrapped in thin rice paper. The beef tartar was blended with pear, & pine nuts, then topped with a raw quail egg. It was served with crunchy cassava chips, and a eggplant & bone marrow puree. My two favorite dishes of the night were the duck salad & egg noodles. The salad had very tender duck tenderloin confit mixed with shredded red cabbage, carrots, sweet red onions, Vietnamese coriander, & cilantro, and dressed with a slightly thick apricot wine sauce. The egg noodles were very simple: thin noodles were sautéed with garlic oil, sweet soy sauce, crispy shallots, chili oil, and crispy pork bits.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
My last meal with my family during their visit was at Guh Mok Korean BBQ, just a few blocks away from my house. We ordered a plate of raw brisket and pork belly, which we grilled ourselves on the table. In addition to the meats, we had a spicy stew containing soft tofu, shrimp, beef, and an egg cracked table side. Lastly, the galbi lunch box contained marinated beef ribs, cabbage salad, clear potato noodles, pork & vegetable potsticker, and soup. On the side, there was bean paste casserole, white rice, and a variety of banchan.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
An all-time classic Thanksgiving leftover meal is the beloved turkey sandwich. Instead of using regular bread, I used sweet potato biscuits. I sandwiched in cranberry-orange sauce, oven-roasted turkey, gravy, fried onions, and greens between two halves. It was a Thanksgiving dinner that I could hold in the palm of my hands.