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Rate My Plate

Feb 01, 2019 06:22AM

January 2019 was the 1st RATE MY PLATE event for chosen guests to come and enjoy a meal prepared by me, which they then get to review & rate.

I decided to start the New Year off with a 5 course BRUNCH. Four guests were invited to join me. They arrived to a wintery tablescape and lovely sweet smells of just finished homemade goodies. The guests were instructed to feel free to ask questions on the menu items, enjoy the food and relax...they of course our my guests. 

PLATE ROUND #1: I prepared a non-alcoholic beverage of BANANA BRUNCH PUNCH. This was also served with a yogurt granola fruit parfait in small mini mason jars. 

This punch recipe I got from Pinterest. The recipe was for a large crowd of 60. I revised recipe measurements so it would serve 6 people. To get the recipe click the link below.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/442408363376910598/

The yogurt Parfait - I did layers of Banana Flavored Yogurt with fresh berries and granola doctored up. The granola I put in a pain with Honey, some butter and vanilla. Let cool and used in the layering of the yogurt parfaits. 

Guests Ratings for Round 1 - Guest 1: Beautiful and so tasty, the fresh berries and the granola added to the dish. Guest 2: Loved the mason jar touch. Guest 3: Said the Yogurt was outstanding. Guest 4: The fruit worked well with the yogurt. As for the Banana Brunch Punch it was liked but only loved by 1 guest. They said it was just too different for them. As for me....I loved it something different, will try it again but will add Champagne or Rum.

PLATE ROUND #2: I served them a bite size salad. The mini salad of arugula, almonds, basil, cherry tomato slice placed onto of a Parmesan crisp (made as an edible plate) topped with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper finished off with homemade lemon vinaigrette.

  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • pepper to season
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray pam on muffin pan

  2. Place uniform tablespoon-sized heaps of the shredded cheeses onto the baking sheet, 2 in (5 cm) apart. (They will spread, so make sure to leave enough room.) Sprinkle with pepper to season. and try to press down to get a bit up the sides.
  3. Place in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until the edges start to brown. (Watch them carefully, as they go from done to burned fast.)

  4. Allow the cheese chips to cool slightly in the pan, then transfer them to parchment paper, turn muffin pan over. and put the crisps on each muffin tin area. and try to cup a little while still warm. let cool. 
Then add you arugula, cherry tomato slice, almonds, basil and fresh shaved parmesan on top the crisps. I finished it off with homemade lemon vinaigrette, simple to make - I made just enough for 6 crisps. Olive oil, Fresh Lemon Juice (I used the Frozen Minute Made 100% Lemon Juice), Veggie Oil, Ginger Syrup and lemon peel. Mixed it all to taste. 

Guests Ratings for Round 2 - Guest 1: The lemon dressing had a great zing to compliment with the strong Parmesan flavor which of course was great. Would love for entertaining in future. Guest 2: Professional, natural looking appetizer. loved the very crispy bottom and dressing. Guest 3: Big Boom of Parmesan...CAN I HAVE MORE! Guest 4: Pleasantly good. Love the dressing - can I take home with me. 

PLATE ROUND #3: I did not want to do regular pancakes, so I served them homemade Dutch Babies topped with lemon curb, fresh berries, a drizzle of homemade lemon sauce and powdered sugar. The Dutch Babies also had a hint of lemon in the batter. These were served room temperature.

The Dutch Babies recipe is from Pinterest. I however added a few touches to the recipe. Instead of orange zest I did lemon peel/zest. I followed the recipe and baked on a Wilton Mini Pie Pan. Once removed and at room temperature, I spread lemon curd on top. Added Berries and did a lemon drizzle with powered sugar as final touch. To make the Lemon Drizzle. I did 1 tbp of butter in a pan, melted added powdered sugar, dash vanilla and lemon zest. To get the recipe, click on the link that I used from Pinterest. 
https://pin.it/5yqzd4eghbzj4i

Guests Ratings for Round 3 - Guest 1: The Dutch Baby was perfectly good, never had before and loved the added lemon curd with berries on it. Guest 2: Perfect amount of lemon, very good. Guest 3: Great look with the dessert, however this guest wanted t try without the lemon drizzle - not much lemon fan. I made on up and was told loved it that way. Guest 4: I never had something like this before, great mix of flavors - like it. 

PLATE ROUND #4: Breakfast Pizza was cooked while they enjoyed the 1st few rounds. This pizza is not your regular everyday pizza. A special crust oil was made and brushed on. Added mozzarella cheese, tri color peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. The last thing added before putting in the oven was the EGGS! Yes, cracked and dropped eggs right on top. Baked until egg yolks were just a soft boil. 

I followed the recipe I found on Pinterest but modified it a tad. I added tri color peppers slices and removed the bacon from the recipe. Click the link below to get to the recipe link I used. 
https://pin.it/32637vgugt7cwf

Guests Ratings for Round 4 - Guest 1: Unique elegant look, The oil used on the pizza dough was very flavorful So simple but very different. I would definitely make this at home. Guest 2: Loved the rosemary flavor and crunch of the pizza. Wonderful color appeal. Guest 3: The Rosemary Garlic Oil base with the veggies & egg taste great together. I love garlic - so maybe I would have put more garlic. But very good. Guest 4: Very different, the best part was the cherry tomatoes touch on the pizza. 

PLATE ROUND #5: Homemade Donuts. These donuts were freshly made right before guests arrived. I tossed a few in a vanilla glaze, some in a lemon glaze topped with lemon zest, a few powered donuts as well. The donut holes got tossed in a bowl of cinnamon sugar. 

With this recipe I found on Pinterest, I made sure I read the article 2 times to make sure I got it. Never had used yeast before and wanted these to turn out. Followed the recipe exactly. Only thing I did was not do all them as Vanilla Glaze, wanted to try different varieties. I even fried up the donut holes. Have everything ready. Once you start frying it moves quickly. You may want a kitchen helper.
 https://pin.it/32637vgugt7cwf

Guests Ratings for Round 5 - Guest 1: The VANILLA donuts AMAZING!!!! Guest 2: Presentation of donuts looked beautiful. Vanilla donuts - AMAZING!!!! - better than YumYum donuts. (if you live around the Bucks County area, that is a donut place around here -yummy donuts - so great compliment) Guest 3: Vanilla Glaze was awesome!!!! Cake like donut was very rich and flavorful. Could eat lots of these donuts. Guest 4: THE BEST DONUTS I HAVE EVER HAD!!!

Looks like the 1st Rate My Plate was a success. I am glad I finally tried a recipe with yeast. Looks like I will be making more donuts. I hope you enjoyed the article and I really hope you try out the recipes. 

Until the next time....
                   FEAST BE WITH YOU!!!!

by Patti Fitzpatrick