Sunday, September 4, 2011

#25: seasonal local fruit - August 2011

Seasonal fruit cookoff was held on the 29th of August at Mischief Manor (Mal & Kaylie's) shortly before they vacate the place. This cookoff was also gluten-free. Malloreigh wanted to host before they moved out, but did concede that their place is really too small (I think we were all expecting a smaller cookoff than it turned out to be). Nevertheless, we all ate loads of delicious food and polished off several bottles of wine. And although we missed Amanda at this cookoff, it was sort of a good thing she didn't come because there were nuts abound!

Malloreigh: "wild sage advice" savoury strawberry-balsamic red onion tart with baked tofu and topped with cherry sage jam
savoury strawberry tart
Jen: "picokanagan de gallo" nectarine, blueberry & tomato salsa with cilantro & lime basil, served with chili-cornmeal crusted fried tofu and garnished with pea shoots
crispy fried tofu and fruit salsa
Bronwen: "sex on the peach tacos" roasted peaches, pico de gallo, cashew cream & lime in a corn tortilla
sex on the peach tacos
Kaylie: "I love Canadian melons" potato croquette atop fig jam served with watermelon and cucumber-fennel salad, topped with basil oil
I love Canadian melons
Arinn: "she taste so good" cherry-almond mini pies
she's my cherry pie
Veronica: "bloody drunken pears" cinnamon poached pears in sour cherry & blueberry sauce, topped with cashew cream
bloody drunken pears
Marina: "berry sinful crispy devils" chocolate rice krispie squares with fresh blackberries & strawberries
chocolate rice krispie squares
Jeff Z: "nebulous strawberry soup" strawberry, red wine, and wine vinegar soup with sour cream and mint
nebulous strawberry soup

Also in attendance were Yaara, Adriana, George, Shawna, Jeff D, and Janna.

seconds: Malloreigh
presentation: Jen
creativity: Malloreigh
best use of ingredient: Malloreigh/Jeff
overall: Bronwen

overall winner: Malloreigh/Bronwen

best name: (unscored category) Bronwen


  1. Thanks for posting the pictures!

    I just wanted to add that my poached pear was not just a cinnamon pear. It was flavoured with the following spices:

    Ceylon cinnamon, Tahitian vanilla beans, cloves, ginger, cardamom, allspice and lemon.

    The sauce was a sour cherry sauce with black cherries and blueberries.

  2. oh yes, of course it wasn't just cinnamon — it's just that we would run out of room on the board if everyone listed all their spices & ingredients so we generally just list a few of the more dominant flavours.