food and kitchen
Posted: January 25, 2009 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: birthday, food, kitchen, links
So dinner out at Atelier was GREAT. It’s a 12 course tasting menu and you don’t get to choose anything except tell them if you have dietary restrictions/allergies. The place seems to try and pretend it’s a secret society since it has no sign and you can’t really see in the windows but once you get inside it’s all beauty.
So I had a vegetarian option:
1-screwdriver creamsicle (Brent’s has white fish eggs on it)
2-oyster mushroom with a hot pepper and cilantro on some chickpea puree with a piece of star anise in the custom built clip on the spoon so you can smell it as you eat
3-vanilla brown butter seared watermelon (replacing the scallop it was surprisingly amazing) on truffle bread pudding
4-squash soup with nitro frozen crab apple ‘noodles’ in it. They slowly melted in and there was a test tube IN MY SPOON with croutons. Brent’s had pine nuts and I wanted to share halfsies but he accidentally (or so he says) poured all his in at once so I didn’t share mine
5-yellow snow – lychee gratine with some pineapple juice (or puree) squirted over top using a big syringe
6-they came to our table with two fishing rods (kid-sized) and tried to lure us. Brent had maple smoked tuna and I had tamari tofu
7-potato salad – a piece of potato, a curl of parmesan, some cucumber, a slice of radish, pressure cooked black sesame seeds and red quinoa, dehydrated leek ring, some kind of green mayo
At this point we were each given a necklace made of rosemary to wear. I decided I would look good with a rosemary porno mustache
8-BEST EVER a few different kinds of mushrooms on some jerusalem artichoke puree – seriously I wanted to lick the bowl but instead I just ran my fingers in it and licked them BECAUSE I’M CLASSY
9-turnip puree, polenta pistachio cake (elk for Brent) , carrot puree, beet cube topped with a single brussels sprout leaf
10-macaroni and cheese – small cheesecake round on a cheese biscuit, freeze dried or fried (or something to make them look bubbly and crunchy) noodles and ketchup sabayon
11-malted stuff. A kind of chocolate lava cake with ovaltine in the middle. A frozen something with whisky in the middle and a ball of something that exploded with some kind of liquid upon impact with my mouth
12-citrus study (mine was different from Brent’s because of the gelatin and I wasn’t paying attention when his was explained) grape sorbet (like a super concentrated ball of welches grape juice) lemon yogurt, pear puree and toasted merengues
At this point the pastry chef came out and quickly named a kind of cake he had in his hand, which I do not remember. It was frozen with nitro and he threw it in a bucket and smashed it with a mallet and poured it into a bowl that said "Happy Birthday" in caramel. We had fun holding our breath with the cake in our mouths and then letting the vapours stream out when we opened up. Again with the class.
13-the elvis truffle – peanut butter banana with a bacon dusting (fake for me) on top
We were invited to tour the kitchen but my milk-boobs were about to explode so we just went home. Apparently, it takes 3 adults to care for a super-duper mama’s boy but he was asleep when we got them so he was all angel as far as I’m concerned.
Anyways they had THIS IN THE BATHROOM and that makes the cost of dinner, totally worth it.
So I know I’ve lamented the state of my cupboards before and I’ve gotten lovely offers for help organizing them which I foolishly turned down. I really should take a photo of them but I’m too lazy/tired to do it. I’ll just explain the worst one. It contains all my corningware and baking tins and it’s all thrown in there. Some of it COULD nest but it’s totally upside down because the things I use the most are the things that would nest on the bottom and if you touch anything, it will probably all fall on you.
So I forget who offered the help before but I totally want to belated accept except I can’t pay you but I could maybe do something for you but I don’t know what. I’m sure I have a talent that you could make use of! So if you (original person who offered, or anyone else who isn’t too scary to be in my home) want to trade some kind of random service for kitchen organizing service… let me know!
On this day:
In 2008 – Pool party!
In 2007 – Unplanned familial additions
In 2006 – I was sick
In 2005 – Love notes