in the kitchen x hello, blackberries

There are some staple fruits that we always keep on hand in the kitchen, such as blueberries, strawberries, lemons, limes, oranges, and pineapple (weird, I know) and the like. Somehow, I started munching on some blackberries and stopped. They were good! We've hit blackberry season?! I assumed berries would not come into season until the height of summer, yet here I was eating some delicious blackberries. After munching on a few juicy berries, I paired it with some dark chocolate ganache, green tea diplomat, and whipped cream. Sometimes simple is best.DSC_1030DSC_1022DSC_1042DSC_1025DSC_1048DSC_1038

in the kitchen x grapefruit, green tea, yogurt

Now that we're nearing the end of winter, brainstorming for Spring desserts have become my biggest priority. When thinking of a new seasonal menu, I never think of flavors together, but rather ways in which to highlight an ingredient. My idea was to play around with citrus, a bridge between winter and spring. What better way than to make a fruit curd. Popular curd flavors include lemon, lime, and orange. My favorite flavor of curd happens to be grapefruit. I love how the bitter grapefruit is tamed with the addition of eggs, sugar, and butter. The biggest surprise of this dessert happens to be the crumble. It is a basic green tea crumble, but it's the flavors that are added after that makes it come alive. This entire dessert brings about flavors and ideas people are familiar with, such as curd or a crumble, but it is the way it has been treated that makes the familiar new. My first attempt at plating. Featuring a green tea crumble, greek yogurt sorbet, and my flexi grapefruit curd.

This one is a keeper! It's a basic crumble with matcha powder. After it is baked and cooled, I add lime zest, lime juice, toasted pistachios, and salt. Tart, sweet, salty, nutty, and bitter.

Mise en place. Grapefruit curd, apricot gel, green tea crumble, and extra matcha powder to dust on top.

The second version with apricot gel.

The final plated version. I admit I had a little too much fun with the grapefruit curd. But I think this highlights the best aspect of the curd in a set form, as oppose to a spreadable mixture.

One last look!