“When you’re eating something and your palate tells you what’s missing, that’s when you start combining.”
-- Justin Quek
Trusting my instinct, especially when it comes to food, is something that I don't always have the easiest time with. I am very much a type-A, anal retentive person who likes to follow rules, instructions and directions. So take that all away from me and tell me to go with the flow and make it up as I go?! To that I say, "Shut the front door!" No really, I would run away from that situation so fast you wouldn't even be able to tell that I am blonde haired and blue eyed. It is interesting, I very much enjoy that feeling of being in control and knowing the exact outcome of what the situation will be. I drive down the street and I will get to my destination. I drink coffee and I will instantly feel better. I go to work and will make money. That is just how my brain works.
Unfortunately, that is not real life. And that is definitely not how cooking works or how I will go on to become a better cook. So with this, I begin posting more original recipes. Good luck to future Tommy...
Last night as I was sitting in AMC River East with a group of friends, waiting for Trainwreck to start (in my humble opinion, this movie was way too hyped up. I left severely letdown), my friend leaned over to me, picture pulled up on Instagram. "Tommy, what is this? It does not look good!" When I first tried this bruschetta I had the exact sentiments. Goat cheese. Peas. Strawberries. Pepper?! I had another "shut the front door" moment and didn't want to believe that the combination would be good. With incredible hesitation, I took a small bite, praying for the best but expecting the worst.
Call me surprised.
It was delicious. The richness of the goat cheese, the sweetness of the rhubarb cracker and strawberries. With a few moments of analysis I knew that I wanted a little more juxtaposition of flavors. It needed just a little more kick of pepper to offset the rest of the flavors.
People, your palate knows what it wants and what it likes. TRUST IT!
Pea and Chevre Bruschetta
2 oz. chevre
1 1/2 cups peas
pepper, to taste
rhubarb crackers, or other sweet cracker (ie. Wheat Thins)
- Gently mix the chevre, peas and pepper in small mixing bowl. Mash some of the peas while keeping others whole.
- Spread on crackers and top with sliced strawberries.