So, my exam for NARC is supposed to be a black box. I have to make soup, salad with crispy element and main protein, starch and two veg. I decided I need to practice and told Rob he had to give me a black box.
He went ALL OUT. After his mystery box, I can do anything because it was deadly!
can of coconut milk
two red peppers
one cippolini onion
1 cup brown rice
two tenderloin steaks
Soup: Yam and Roasted Red Pepper with Coconut and Lime
Endive and Caramelised Fennel, Cranberry Vinaigrette and "Seared Foie Gras"*
Pan seared Tenderloin Steak with a Zinfandel and Cippolini onion Sauce
Brown Rice, Shitake Mushrooms and Red Pepper "Risotto"
Parsley Butter Glazed baby carrots and Bush Beans
*Funny story. Rob THOUGHT he bought foie gras, and so did I. Until I opened it to discover very expensive foie gras pate!! So "seared foie gras" became panko crusted seared foie gras pate...
I was so exhausted after I did this. I like to think the exam will be easier, mainly because I won't have so many crazy ingredients. Rob said what most impressed him was the fact that I had my menu outlined within ten minutes of starting. Oh yeah, and no recipes allowed.