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March 13th, 2008


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03:12 pm - Iron Chef Cream!

Iron Chef Cream!
Originally uploaded by rstrohmh.
So this past weekend I competed in Iron Chef Medford: Battle Cream!
I think we were actually in Somerville this go-round, but whatever.

So battle cream commenced, with 6 strong contenders.
My entry, as seen in this photo, was an exploration of cream as texture and medium/conveyance for flavor. Left to right - from the judge's perspective - was a cold Caramelized Onion soup (with spoon hovering in photo), a freshly made(!) Lemon Ricotta (as a play on a palate cleanser), a deconstructed beer ice cream (see below), and a single-malt scotch and vanilla-cardamom whipped cream.
So cream as liquid, cheese, ice cream, and whipped cream.

I won!
I was surprised honestly, I didn't think that such a relatively concept driven dish would take the prize, but apparently the judges enjoyed it enough, and the originality and "use of theme" scores put me over the top.

The next two finishers and I were only a point apart, so i was a close thing! wanderyng1 with some spectacular Pana Cotta with olive tapanade and other amazing ingredients came in second (and didn't bring enough for anyone but the judges! herumph!), and someone I didn't know (Ray?) came in a very close third with an amazingly tasty Crawfish Bisque.

We had much fun, which was the whole point really.
I really wish I had more pictures, especially of the crawfish heads in the soup, but I was too busy putting those plates together to grab photos of everyone's stuff.

Oh! the Deconstructed Beer ice cream...
Amber malt extract in place of sugar, soak Saaz hops in the cream, add some honey and agave nectar to sweeten it a bit more, and toss in a bit of coriander and vanilla/orange extract.
It was definitely interesting, and has potential, but wasn't quite what I'd hoped for.
It will have to be tried again.



mood: accomplishedaccomplished

(15 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:catya
Date:March 13th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
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congrats! yum!
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From:coraline
Date:March 13th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
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a single-malt scotch and vanilla-cardamom whipped cream

i, um... damn. can i have some please? pretty please?
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From:coraline
Date:March 13th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
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also: congrats!!! i wish i could have been there!
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 13th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
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naturally!
It was based on the Scotch whipped cream that prosicated made first, so I can't take all the credit.
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From:faux_eonix
Date:March 13th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I want more scotch whipped cream with brownies.
So good.
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From:komos
Date:March 13th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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I know there were at least two others taking photos, so with any luck, there will be more surfacing shortly. I was kind of hoping I could get access to them before doing a write-up, but because I was busy cleaning up and fussing with duck, I'm probably not going to do justice. I will say that I tried almost everything, and with the notable exceptionTM, thought everything was very tasty and well thought out.

Kudos.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 13th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, yeah. I guess technically there were 5 strong contenders.
Joe didn't even take the leftovers home. *chuckle*
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From:komos
Date:March 13th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I don't have a freezer full of steak ice cream, do I?
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 13th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Sink-drain-full.
And technically it's not your sink. Or freezer. =P
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From:nanila
Date:March 13th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
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I want to put your beer ice cream on mince pies. Oh, wow.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 13th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
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once i hammer out an unequivocally good recipe I'll be sure to post it. ;-)
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From:sweetmmeblue
Date:March 13th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations
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From:primal_pastry
Date:March 14th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
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Oh! the Deconstructed Beer ice cream...
Amber malt extract in place of sugar, soak Saaz hops in the cream, add some honey and agave nectar to sweeten it a bit more, and toss in a bit of coriander and vanilla/orange extract.
It was definitely interesting, and has potential, but wasn't quite what I'd hoped for.
It will have to be tried again.


Try leaving out the coriander.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:March 14th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
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ah, no way. There wasn't even enough to know it was in there. ^_^
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From:drwex
Date:March 14th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
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mazal tov!
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