Granny Smith Apple Ice Cream

It’s rare that I proclaim something “the best”. Even when I do -like I am doing about this ice cream- it’s sort of a hyperbole. Maybe it should be “up until now, in my humble opinion, this is the best apple ice cream I’ve had”. So, if you had not gotten my point yet, whatContinue reading “Granny Smith Apple Ice Cream”

Plums and Pistachio: Olive Oil Cake, Pistachio Gelato, Poached Plums, Yogurt

This is the second installment of the Plums/Pistachio pairing and this one has a much better gelato. This one is an easier plate to pull together and delivers excellent flavor and texture. We have a fragrant Italian olive oil rosemary cake, excellent pistachio gelato, plums poached in a juniper syrup and a yogurt vanilla sauce.Continue reading “Plums and Pistachio: Olive Oil Cake, Pistachio Gelato, Poached Plums, Yogurt”

Plums and Pistachio: Dacquoise, Blueberry Poached Plums, Ice Cream, Chantilly Cream

This is a very good combination of flavors that I tried out in two separate desserts, both are delicious, both imperfect and need some tweaking. The first one is another lift from Daniel Bouloud that features a disk of crunchy chewy pistachio¬†dacquoise with whipped cream and poached plums with a scoop of pistachio gelato. TheContinue reading “Plums and Pistachio: Dacquoise, Blueberry Poached Plums, Ice Cream, Chantilly Cream”

Buckwheat Cake, Honey-Almond Semifreddo and Red Wine Poached Apples

Buckwheat is such an assertive flavor with a unique earthy and somewhat grassy flavor. It is not a flavor that you can use as a background in dishes. Some people like that while others really cannot stand it. I fall in the first camp firmly and have enjoyed it in desserts ever since I firstContinue reading “Buckwheat Cake, Honey-Almond Semifreddo and Red Wine Poached Apples”

Apple Mille Feuille with Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream

The fourth and final course of our Valentine’s Day dinner is one I am very proud of. It worked so well and was a delight to make, look at and eat that I could not have been happier with how it turned out. Well, like everything, it can be improved upon and perfected some more,Continue reading “Apple Mille Feuille with Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream”

Alinea: PERSIMMON, Aroma Strip, Carrot, Red Curry

Persimmons are one of my favorite fruit. I bet one does not hear that too often, but these orange fruits really are one of my favorites. To be specific I am talking about the acorn shaped Hachiya persimmon not the squat round Fuyu one. The Hachiya persimmon is very astringent and really inedible unless veryContinue reading “Alinea: PERSIMMON, Aroma Strip, Carrot, Red Curry”

Plums, Rice Pudding and Almond

This is another example of dishes I came up with that I was hoping would be more successful on the plate. I debated if I should post about it or not at first. However, I try to make this blog an accurate “diary” of food and movies ¬†so of course I should post about it.Continue reading “Plums, Rice Pudding and Almond”

Citrus Blossom, Pistachio, Meyer Lemon

It’s not often that I get to capture a season, a moment in time or a childhood memory in a dish that I created. This here is one of those though. It might not look like it, but for me, this dessert is pure Lebanese. It captures the beautiful fragrance of citrus blossoms from manyContinue reading “Citrus Blossom, Pistachio, Meyer Lemon”