Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mystery Baskets

Today was mystery basket day in class. It was also the last day of Nutrition and Sensory Analysis (I got 100 on my final and 100 on the homework project, woot woot!). We had some really interesting lean proteins to work with on our last day! Venison, ostrich, lobster, lamb, and swordfish. These aren't proteins we've worked with in any class so far, so it was pretty cool. I had eaten all of them except for the ostrich before today. I thought it was kind of chewy and a bit tougher than the other meats, but it tasted good otherwise. Venison and lamb are always delicious (when not overcooked) and of course lobster and swordfish have my vote any day of the week. My group ended up with the swordfish along with some other ingredients that all suggested an Asian theme (soba noodles and baby bok choy), so we went with it. We marinated our fish in a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, scallions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, mirin, rice wine vinegar, and some agave syrup. We then seared it and topped it off on the plate with a ginger-hoisin sauce we made. We also made some soba noodles and then sauteed baby bok choy with carrot shavings, garlic and ginger. Here are some pics from the day...

A lobster threesome, haha

My first time holding a lobster!

Mystery baskets...

Swordfish in the marinade

Asian swordfish with soba noodles and a bok choy and carrot stirfry

Lamb noisettes with quinoa

Lobster with Amanda C.'s yummy sauce!

Ostrich with Israeli couscous and broccoli and cauliflower purees

Venison tenderloin with spinach, cauliflower puree, rice, and grilled corn


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