It felt like it was meant to be, for me to meet Sarah Simmons the “Home Cook Superstar Winner.” Well not just because I like to eat or that Sarah runs the fantastic City Grit, a Culinary Salon, but because we just have too many mutual friends. She’s friends with a lot of grad school friends I know and an old coworker.
Though it wasn’t until last week, when I finally went to my first ever City Grit dinner. That night the theme was dim sum where Sarah came up with 7 dishes that combined Asian flavors and techniques with her Southern roots. All I can say about that dinner was, everything tasted fantastic and really inspired to play with my food more. The only sort of combining of foods that I ever did was my miso cream pasta, which I’m still surprised it came out pretty damn good.
Check out what I ate after the jump
Wonton tostada with fried oyster, spicy mayo, and collard kimchi
Creamed collard dumplings with pepper vinegar sauce
Wild mushroom salad and spring rolls with spicy chili dressing
Spicy rice cakes with sausage and bok choy topped with scallions and fried shallots
Hoisin pork and black rice grits with nori butter and Sichuan green beans
Green tea parfait with matcha yogurt, honey cream, lemon posset, and ginger syrup
After having the dinner, I can see why she was crown the “Home Cook Superstar” winner. I’m still dreaming about the spicy rice cake with sausage and bok choy dish. What a great way to use rice cakes and I had never thought of using it instead of pasta. I am definitely thinking about my next trip to City Grit.