Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Ultimate Captain's Platter

Well, it's that time of the month again. Taria and I have been brainstorming for the past few weeks and were itching to get cooking. I reorganized my pantry, and ended up with far too many ideas to complete, so this is what made the cut. We cooked at a leisurely pace for 5 hours, but were still exhausted at the end.

I started with some nice salmon steaks cut fresh and marinated in truffle oil, along with some local fresh goat cheese.

The salmon was grilled on a cedar plank, and accompanied by a ball of fresh local goat cheese and carrotsauce. This was made the same way as applesauce, but with carrots, and added a nice sweetness to the dish. This blended nicely with the creaminess of the cheese and the earthiness of the salmon.

Next, I had some jumbo shrimp, approximately 12U (12 per pound). I usually go for the bigger ones, which yield more meat/shell ratio and less shrimp to clean.

I pan seared the shrimp, crumbled some goat cheese, fried garbanzo bean and topped over spinach with a warm bacon vinaigrette.

I found that I had crab, caviar, and capers, so I decided to make devllied eggs. These were probably the richest deviled eggs ever. I used a traditional combination of dijon, mayonnaise, paprika, etc, but added some cream cheese to send them over the top.

I boiled down some mushroom broth and added wontons that I made from truffle oil, shelled edamame, roasted edamame, and sauteed shrimp.

Taria mixed chicken sausage with gruyere, which was then breaded and fried. This was finished with a lemon aioli.

Next, she made bison meatballs which were wrapped in dough to make empanadas, which were accompanied by homemade ketchup.

She then grilled Ahi tuna which was marinated in coconut milk. This was served with grilled peppers tossed in a tarragon sauce, and grilled white asparagus tossed in balsamic.

The rest of the shrimp I breaded to make coconut shrimp and served over white sweet potatoes mashed with coconut milk.

This time, a Pinot Grigio.

For desert, I used fresh figs and local honey harvested by my doctor (yes, he has bees). I mixed this with fresh fig and honey goat cheese and spooned into muffin tins lined with pie dough. These were served in a pool of coconut froth.

The funny thing is, this time we decided to cook smaller portions so we didn't end up with so much food. Obviously, that didn't work.

1 comment:

Maliante said...

Wow, Taria and Travis, you have no idea how inspired I feel after reading yrou blog! True foodies for real! I cannot wait to see the book when it comes out. it WILL be a success! you two are an awesome team!