Youngest son introduced John to the TV show, "Chopped," and now we often will watch an episode or two. The basic idea is that chefs compete to produce a dish that contains mystery ingredients. The show starts with 4 chefs each making an appetizer. Three chefs progress to the entree round, then the two finalists compete during the dessert round.
We decided to do an adaptation of the show for Family Home Evening last week. I chose the mystery ingredients, and John and the two girls at home each made an appetizer. We decided to set the clock for 45 minutes (as opposed to the 20 minutes on the show). All of us got to taste each appetizer. I was to be the judge. John said to not be shy about judging, as "we are all adults here." Youngest daughter piped up that she certainly wasn't an adult yet. That made my decision very easy, and I declared her the winner. :-)
The mystery ingredients were: frozen tortilla-crusted tilapia, fresh cauliflower, and grated cheddar cheese. Here are the three plates:
|Oldest daughter presented a cheesy potato-cauliflower puree, topped with tilapia sprinkled with parsley, and garnished with strawberry.|
|Youngest daughter opted for steamed cauliflower, tilapia portions garnished with strawberry, and cheesy potatoes with sour cream powder, sprinkled with parsley.|
|John served deep-fried tilapia and onion pieces, accompanied with a cauliflower puree.|
Mango Blackberry Crisp
In an 8-inch square dish, combine 6 oz. fresh blackberries, 3 small mangoes (peeled and chopped), 1 apple (peeled and chopped), 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and a scant 1/4 cup (not-packed) brown sugar. In a bowl, combine: 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar, and 1/4 cup coconut flakes. Cut in 1/4 cup butter, then place on top of fruit mixture. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped pecans on top. Bake for 25 minutes at 350° F.
Thanks for fun times together in the kitchen.
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