Emily is incredibly talented. She has a unique way of looking at food and is full of inspiration. Despite my strange label as being a "super taster," Emily holds something I strive for- a palate that can please a crowd. She knows exactly what to do to make something taste perfect...and she does it over and over again.
We began our night at the Berkeley Bowl and Trader Joe's...
This Italian sheep's milk cheese is incredible. I highly recommend it... if nothing else to simply snack on
We decided to build our meal around plantains since it's what we were craving. Actually, it's what Emily was craving but I love plantains so it worked out perfect. Our meal looked like this:
Roasted and Blackened Plantains
sour cream, pickled red onions, cilantro
Sauteed Chicken Breast with Cuban Spices
orange cumin reduction sauce
Sauteed Black Lentils
carrots, green onions
Arkansas Black Apple, Jicama and Arugula Salad
Toscano sheep's milk cheese, citrus vinaigrette
red wine, apple cider, mulling spices
This sauce blew my mind... and yes, that's a hair tie holding the cilantro stems together. Resourceful, right? (no, it hadn't been used)