Then we got invited to a "dinner competition" and we were randomly selected for the appetizer and it only make sense that we go all out and try to create the sesame miso cones. One challenge was that it had to be vegetarian (no fish either), so the raw tuna was out.
After many many hours of discussions, we landed on a sesame miso cone filled with pears, Gorgonzola cheese, arugula and sprouts. Did we win? Read below to find out!
The cones were really easy to make and for a first attempt we were really pleased.
- 113g butter
- 240g golden syrup
- 2 tablespoons miso paste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 60g flour
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 120ml sesame seeds (60ml black, 60ml white)
We could not find black sesame seeds (well we did but they were really expensive). So we decided to start with plain white seeds and if the cones worked out we would then add in black seeds the next time we made them. These are not "roasted sesame seeds". Just plain sesame seeds that you can find in bulk or the baking section. We also used red miso paste, but white would work as well!
- Preheat oven to 350'F
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter together with the syrup, stirring often (don't burn!)
- Remove from the heat and whisk in miso paste and sesame oil
- Stir in the flour, continuously stirring
- Add the ginger and sesame seeds.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Place 2 tablespoon portions on the baking sheet (you will fit two per sheet)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes (watch carefully near the end as they burn quickly)
- Remove from the baking sheets and let cool for a bit (not too long though!)
- Form a cone shape with your hands or use a cone template of your choosing
- Put in fridge to set shape (we left ours overnight)
- Fill with whatever your heart desires and enjoy!
The Food Competition
Here is the final template ready for transport to the house!
So here is how the competition works. You got scored on your taste, appearance and pairing to your drink. Our drink was a wheat grass vodka shaken with apple cider on ice.
The competitors! We started off with a glass of champagne served by the hosts (nice touch!)
Brett and I went first as we were the appetizer course!
Phones immediately appeared and pictures were taken! I always get beaten to facebook as I don't blog till the next day or after! :)
The second course! Salad. A GIANT caprese salad with warm focaccia bread. Paired with a layered shot (I didn't try the shot but Brett said it was amazing).
The third course. The main event. This was an amazing creative meal. A lentil and beet burger with a great tomato jam and served with a side of chipolte coleslaw. The drink was a gin concoction which I also had to give to Brett as I was still feeling the effects of the first three drinks. Ok, I won't lie, I can't do gin after an ill-fated night in my 20's.
Don't worry, we still had fun during this competition! What is Brett holding there? The drink paired with the dessert, my favorite drink of the night!
A B&B! Brandy and benedictine herbal liquor, served warm by floating over warm water.
Avocado ice cream with coconut! I ate this one up and loved it! Jess promised to show me this recipe if I taught her how to make the cones. Deal made.
So.....who won? THE PINKERTONS! Competition was stiff and it could have gone to anyone. We were awarded a giant beer and a bottle of wine and did a silent high five to success.
Overall, a wonderful evening and a great way to get to know people and try new foods! We will be hosting our first competition in January!