Iron Chef: Taste The Rainbow

Apologies for being MIA over the past month. While I have been cooking more than ever, I have been terribly lazy about writing about what’s happening in the Linzertorte’s kitchen. I’ve got lots of pictures and goodies to share with you, though, so hopefully I’ll be able to ramp up my creative juices and entertain you with some witty banter over the coming weeks. Or, I’ll just post pictures because I know you probably only look at those, anyway.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up:

In the meantime, I can’t wait to tell you about my friends’ Iron Chef Night. Each week, four of my very culinarily innovative friends get together to make dinner according to a guest’s chosen theme. This week, Linzertorte’s was invited as the honored (trusting) guest and picked “Taste The Rainbow” for Tal, the chef for the night. When I arrived, I saw a line of jars full of skittles soaking in vodka, making me very unsure of what I had gotten myself into. It was a tuesday after all, and I’m pretty sure the last time I took a shot the color of a dandelion was… well… never.

The shots turned out to be a bit of a ruse  as Tal impressed us with an extremely creative interpretation of my theme. My ideas for dinner had fallen along the lines of multi colored peppers and swiss chard, but Tal, not surprisingly, pushed our imaginations (and knowledge of physics). We began our meal with a white soup of pureed roasted garlic, parsnips, and cauliflower (appetizer = light before hitting the prism), a spiced up interpretation of Smitten Kitchen’s 44 Garlic Clove Soup.

Once we finished our soup, we moved on to a main course from Land of the Rising Sun: a rainbow bowl of tuna and salmon sashimi, eggs, avocado, and fried purple potatoes over rice.

Behold some butt-kicking thematic greatness:

Luckily (unluckily) for me, Linzertorte’s was just a guest this week, because this multi-faceted interpretation of “Taste The Rainbow” is going to be a very tough act to follow!

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