Growing up, my family are Char Siu all the time. Funny part is I had no idea what it was called until just a few months ago, I didn’t know its proper name… Our family never looked at the package of powdered marinade that my mom would buy from the Asian grocery store… we simply called it “Pink stuff”. Chicken with pink stuff, pork with pink stuff… Sounds kinda dirty when I look back on it. Continue reading →
This is the dish that I made when my friend David recently told me about this contest. When I say recently, I mean like yesterday… He casually posted a link on my Facebook wall and said, "I saw this and thought of you! You should enter…" I didn’t just read this post and bang this dish out in my kitchen, there’s a bit more story behind it.
My friend Meghan will tell you that Mardi Gras in NOT about beads and boobies… she’ll tell you that it’s about food, family and parades… What’s more mardi gras than Gumbo? I don’t know!
Most gumbo aficionados will tell you that making the iconic Louisiana stew can take days. It is a social dish, usually made in a very large pot (think turkey fryer) and shared with neighbors and friends… but I’m not cajun. I make my interpretation of "gumbo" about once a year- on a stove top… about 7-8 servings or so. Given my work schedule, I treat making gumbo the way one might prepare for a party, spreading out the cooking over a couple of days. Here’s the breakdown:
This is the cocktail I made myself after a 5hr drive home from Dallas:
Dirty martini with a sphericated olive and olive salt rim.
The MasterChef casting in Dallas went really well. Oddly enough, I was the only person with a portable immersion circulator in the tasting. Feel free to call me if you want the details, but I’ll share this highlight from the audition:
Casting Lady: What is your inspiration for cooking?
Me: I’m really inspired by my family…
Casting Lady: (After sampling my plate which featured SIX modern molecular techniques- Pressure infusion, alcohol powderization, xanthan gum, espuma, sous vide, and flavor scenting.) Who is your family? Wiley Dufresne? Jose Andres?
And I’ll take that as a compliment!
I’ve got a call back on Monday. Thank you all for the support!