The week in review…. I meant to post a couple blogs this week, but for some reason time flew right by.
I was invited, volun-told really, to a Kitchen Forum this week. Thai curry and a compressed watermelon salad with a cherry balsamic vinegar were on the menu. The ingredients used in the Thai curry were: red curry paste, coconut milk, potatoes, onions, celery, lemon grass, red bell pepper, chicken and grape seed oil, and of course boiled white rice. For the compressed watermelon: watermelon, vanilla bean sugar, a pinch of salt, cherry balsamic vinegar, mangoes, and fresh mozzarella. The main purpose of the watermelon salad was plate presentation. The flavor profiles for both dishes were exemplary, and I was repeatedly asked by one of the housemates, to make the Thai curry for dinner the following night. (I took him with me to the kitchen forum.) I however did not.
As some of you know, I now live in the Portland area, famous for many things… one of which is its microbreweries. I was asked what my thoughts were about Grapefruit Beer, and at first I was a bit hesitant, as I expected a tart beer. I went to McMenamins Grand Lodge to play some disc golf (I lost by 3) and enjoy the amazing weather we have had this past week, when I was introduced to the Grapefruit beer (Ruby). I was immediately impressed with the lightness and delicate flavor of their beer, so I ordered a second one… just to make sure I liked it :D. While at McMenamins Grand Lodge, I ordered some Cajun tater tots. The service left much to be desired, as it took almost 30 mins to receive the food. The Lodge provided a “natural ketchup.” Both the tater tots and ketchup were impressive.
Looking forward… There are two scheduled orientation days before classes start mid-august. With the start of class, begins the start of the international challenge. There is a Deaf Night Out slated for next saturday. I’ve also been researching “clean eating” and molecular gastronomy and will be posting a blog or two on each of those subjects before class starts.
Until next time….