The idea for this dish was create a look of minimalism but in fact something quite complex in flavor. We've taken the crab back to its natural surroundings...sort of. The crab is dressed with meyer lemon oil and salt. The slushy ice is young coconut water cold steeped with geranium, lemon verbena, culantro, lemongrass, chile, meyer lemon juice and rose water. Frozen coconut "snow"
Working on a dish for an upcoming event we need to down size an existing dish...crab with onions, uni, brown butter, chanterelle mushrooms, lime and banana. The more we play with lime pickle the more interesting results we uncover. Like Andoni's sunchoke that creates a crab like affect the banana has made its own "uni" if you will. We are then left with a skin of banana. Here we just rolled it around some crab for a platform to show off the shape. Now if only I could find orange bananas.
The base of the dish is corn cob stock...gelled. Next to that a popcorn polenta, crispy pig tail and a basil infused toffee. A tuile is made from the pork tail stock... fried in a teflon pan until crispy. Lardo and milk skin are draped over the polenta and corn kernels. Cruze dairy buttermilk is then poured table side.....not pictured here.
We had a gentleman requesting copious amounts of foie gras tonight....as much as I wanted to do flavors that were "outside the box" I couldn't help my love of the classics with foie gras ...black truffle ice cream, powdered pippin apple sorbet, hazelnut, long pepper, broken crostada and Foggy Ridge's apple brandy. My good friend Curtis Duffy has a dish called caviar-traditional..untraditional....I suppose this dish could fall under that title.
These are some of the egg preparations tonight...
Aerated and frozen egg yolk custard
flourless egg yolk ravioli...and hydrocolloid less with ham bouillon
scrambled egg mousse
pickled and smoked egg
egg custard infused with tea and lemon thyme
flourless and potatoless egg yolk gnocchi
smoked 63 degree egg yolk
puffed egg white
passion fruit & lime curd
aerated angelfood cake
meringue.....the list could go on but we had to fit this in 5 courses.