Dinner Challenge: Greatest Hits
Before the most recent trial, there were several unforgettable installments of the Furphy-Loizou Dinner Challenge -- a challenge centered on pushing our culinary capacity to the limits. While unforgettable, I technically forgot a lot of the details, but I will attempt to describe these recently-resurfaced photos for archival purposes.
Dinner Challenge 1:
Pistachios + Green Tea Leaves
The inaugural Dinner Challenge. Christine and I tasked the Furphy's with using green tea leaves as an ingredient for their appetizer and dessert. For starters, they made these crumbly-balls, whose innards I cannot currently recollect. But they were delicious.
For dessert, Tori and Tim crafted a type of green tea cheesecake.
And for the main course, the Furphy's dared Christine and I to incorporate pistachios into the dish. And incorporate we did.
Dinner Challenge 2:
Cucumber + Coffee
The second Dinner Challenge saw an increase in marketing efforts by rolling out dramatic announcement videos for the new ingredients.
With Christine and I on apps and 'zerts, we re-imagined the cucumber. For hors d'oeures, we carved out cucumber-chunks and filled it with a hummus-type dip.
For dessert, we made a cucumber pound cake -- or a pound-cumber cake, as it is now known.
We challenged the Furphy's so hard by forcing them to use coffee beans in the actual meal. They responded with short rib dowsed in a coffee-infused demi-glace. It was impressive.
Dinner Challenge 3:
The Modern American
We focused the third Dinner Challenge around a theme: The Modern American. With a very modern boys-versus-girls approach, the women focused on the food and the gentlemen made the drinks.
Tim and I reinvented Old Fashioneds, concocting New Fashioneds -- essentially OF's with a bunch more fruit. Christine and Tori revolutionized the American pizza in ways that I cannot even attempt to explain on this post.
In true American fashion, we took selfies as we drank our drinks out of watermelons -- basically recreating that famous Norman Rockwell painting.