Burnt Eggplant Salad with Green Tahini Dressing

Are you like me right now, trying to catch my breath, running around getting the last gifts, ingredients, baking and getting everything ready by tomorrow? Deep breath, it will all work out. If you are expected to bring a dish to a pot-luck in the next days and are still at a loss of what to make may I suggest this Burnt Eggplant Salad with Green Tahini Dressing. In the last months I have brought this dish to 2 parties and it was a huge hit both times. And visually it is simply stunning.

Burnt Eggplant Salad with Green Tahini Dressing

May Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness be yours during this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year

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Creative Cooking Crew: Candied Bacon and Apple Halva with Maple Gastrique

I am sure I have mentioned this before but just in case, I do not really watch cooking shows. So don’t say to me :have you heard of the latest crazy chef “enter name here”? Chances are you will be the first to tell me. I like cooking shows but I have trouble keeping full attention. It is the same with sports on TV. Of course I am aware of the hit shows, take Chopped for instance where a mystery basket of ingredients is given and must all be used in a recipe.

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Well that is exactly our theme this month for the Creative Cooking Crew which is hosted by Lazaro Cooks and Foodalogue. I was really excited by this challenge. Give me weird stuff to mix up and I am a happy gal! The ingredients we were given were Granny Smith apples, nut butter, vinegar and bacon. When I read the list I had no idea what to make but I wanted the extra challenge of coming up with a dessert. My creation is a Candied Bacon and Apple Halva with Maple Gastrique.

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Roasted Black Sesame Ice Cream

As someone put it best earlier on twitter when I announced what was going on in my kitchen…

Really? That sounds like something outta Iron Chef Japan. Can’t imagine what that would tastes like?!

Two words on how it tastes: AWE and SOME

I came across this flavor at Atti during the dinner group’s Christmas dinner. They served green tea, red bean, ginger and this black as night sesame ice cream. This last one was the hit of the meal both in taste and sight. I made a mental note to find a recipe. Then winter came to Montreal and I mentally blocked the ice cream machine out of my mind. But spring like weather has come early to Quebec this year without a real trace of snow anywhere in a month. The ice cream machine was calling my name….

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