|Left: Rachael Yau. Right: Sara la Fountain. Event Courtesy: American Express and Asian Food Channel|
Ever since I received the press invitation from American Express and the Asian Food Channel to attend and sample Scandinavian dishes cooked live by celebrity chef Sara la Fountain, I was seriously counting days. I had always waited for this moment not only because she is a celebrity TV chef and blogger (who also manages the blog Passion for Fashion & Food), a fashion model (who has represented brands like Marrimeko and Puma), an award-winning cookbook writer, a sophisticated dinnerware designer and a professional kitchen shoes designer, but she is an inspiration for many. She is an example that if you have got the talent, only sky is the limit!
Sara received her formal training from The Culinary Institute of America, the world-renowned culinary school in America. She is a very popular media personality in Finland, where she has her own TV show Avec Sara. Currently starring as one of the hosts on New Scandinavian Cooking and Perfect Day airing on Asian Food Channel, Sara displays magical grace in her culinary creations. She has given Scandinavian food a new dimension, which is in tune with the new-generation cooking as well! Scandinavian cuisine is something to try out for sure, and Sara la Fountain was here to propagate this!
|Goat cheese salad with beetroot, dark sweet bread croutons, marinated red onions and blueberry-balsamic vinaigrette|
I loved the marinated red onion vinaigrette used for this salad. This was something which complemented the salad very well. Red onions were first cut into thin rounds and then marinated in a mixture of sugar, salt, vinegar, all spice and olive oil, until these rings became soft and sweet.The beets were pre-boiled with skin and then de-skinned and cut into very small cubes. These were then marinated for half an hour in white wine vinegar, salt, honey and olive oil. The final dish looked like this (which she served up with raspberries):
|Fried fish with summer potato vegetable salad|
|Summer pavlova with passionfruit cream|
The final dish was Summer Pavlova with Passionfruit Cream Served with Strawberries and Pistachios. For this, the chef topped an amazing passion fruit sauce made with lemon curd and passion fruit. The pavlova was garnished tastefully with whipped cream, pistachios and strawberries.
The dishes were great. Sara la Fountain opened my eyes (and tastebuds!) to the amazing cuisine of Finland with her own interesting twists and I am looking forward to learning more from her in the future: thanks to the Asian Food Channel for airing such talented and inspirational chefs who make cooking a fun experience altogether!