Saturday, December 03, 2005

Plating Series 2-Hotel Dupont-My Externship Site

These are a few platings I am learning from Hotel Dupont here in Delaware. Left to right(Top to bottom:

Pumpkin Pie with pumkin marzipan garnish, Vanilla sauce, Cream and Berries (A thanksgiving dessert)

  • Chocolate Raspberry Bombe with Acorn Chocolate, Raspberry sauce and candied pecans.
  • Fruit Pound Cake Vanilla Sauce, Currants and White Chocolate
  • Apple Napoleon with Genise Base in Caramel Sauce and berries

Chicken, Mushroom and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

This time its chicken! I first caramelized 1/2 head of red onion until brown in color. Meanwhile, I am seasoning my chicken fillet slices in salt and pepper and tossed it in cornstarch to caot the meat and for a different texture. Also I am blanching my broccoli and carrots that flavored with salt for about 3 minutes till tender. Then after onions had been caramelized, I sautee in my chicken, let that brown, season with lemon pepper, salt and pepper and to make different , I added 2 tsps of Tobasco red sauce. If you want a sweeter taste, add 1 teaspoon sugar. Then the chicken, add in blanched broccoli, carrots and mushrooms. Cook further for about 3 minutes on medium flame. Then add, 1 cup water and let it simmer for 1 minute. Add slurry(mixture of 1/4 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch)to make it thick. Serve on steamed rice or fried rice. So good!

Rating: Another asian dish thats easy to follow and make. Sauce can also be sweet and sour, whatever flavor you want.

For Kids! Chocolate Cornflake Krispies

I miss my son JIGGY that is why I thought of making a simple snack for kids who want to try helping mom in the kitchen. I also dedicate this treat to my nieces (Sam and Chino) children of diychef.blogspot .com.
Just mix together. Press onto a small dish and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Cut in squares or even triangles.
Try this and you don't even have to use an oven to have a chocolate dessert.
You can also wrap this in japeaneses paper or cellophane and stick a ribbon on it and givce as a gift.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp in Spinach

I first have my spinach soaked in cold water to remove the impurities and slice them. Since I am always in hurry, I bought a 1/2 pound of cooked shrimp from the grocery. So, in a hot pan with corn oil, sautee minced garlic, add shrimp pieces, and porch in the spinach for it to absorb the garlic flavor. Pour in store-bought sweet and sour sauce, season with salt and pepper. Add a little water to add texture. There you are, a 15 minute meal.

Rating: Healthy, sweet and sour, also good with steamed rice.

Avocado in Condensed Milk

A filipino favorite dessert. Its just slice of Avocado thats ripe enough, half can of condensed milk, 1/2 cup of fresh milk. Chill and serve on ice.

Rating: Refreshing, Can be a Smoothie through a blender.Exotic.

String Beans and Tofu Stirfry

Yes, obviously I love vegetables. I could live without it. A meal is not complete without a plate of salad, salsa or any veggie dish. The easiest to prepare when you want to impress some guests or friends or even your partner-stirfry is the answer!

I just have a hot pan coated with corn oil. Minced garlic, 1/4 wedge of a big red onion, sliced, red and yellow bell peppers(not necessarily assorted , but it adds to the dish),
bunch of string beans, deep fried 8 oz or 1/2 pound or tofu(there are several kinds or tofu, have the firmer for frying), salt and pepper, oyster sauce, fish sauce, beef buillon and slices of Shiitake mushrooms. Just sautee the garlic and onions and add the rest of them. Slice the fried tofu and add last. Toss in hot oil. A little water and slurry (mixture of little water and cornstarch). Season.

For presentation: have a bowl with steamed rice and top it with this dish. Awesome.

Rating: A chinese dish that takes you less than 3o minutes to cook.

Ham and Cheese Quesadilla Garden in Duo Sauces

See, I told you I could finish a whole bag of Pita Wrapper in a week. This is very delicious and my favorite snack. I guess in every pantry or fridge you would always have breakfast item that includes any flavor of ham (smoked or sweet), cheddar singles of slices or even grated is fine. I just have a hot non-stick pan or Teflon, no oil , put the ist layer of pita wrap, lay the cheese and ham pieces, then top with another layer of wrapper. Let it cook for 3 minutes on each side. Like how did it , because you want you also want it to look appetizing as well. Sliced in quarters and you got 4 servings of quesadilla.

I call it quesadilla garden because when I am in hurry , I would usually microwave with a tablespoon of butter, my frozen peas,carrots and corn veggies, 4 Shiitake mushrooms slice. For my duo sauces: bottled barbecue sauce and sour cream.

RATING:Rich,Mexican Snack and healthy, combination of sauces balances the dish.

Hope you try it!

This can also be done in an oven/grill .Yummmy!!!