January 10, 2017

Flour-less chocolate espresso cake

Not much to say other than
it's SO hard not to eat the whole cake!

Ingredients:
1 lb. semisweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)
1 lb. unsalted butter (diced)
1 cup freshly brewed espresso
1 cup brown sugar
8 eggs (beaten to blend)


Procedure:
1. Line bottom of a 9 inch diameter cake pan with 2 inch high sides 

    with parchment. Place all chocolate in large bowl.

2. Bring butter, espresso and sugar to boil in medium saucepan, 
    stirring to dissolve sugar.

3. Add chocolate; whisk until smooth and cool slightly.


4. Whip eggs till blended. Stir eggs into chocolate mixture until blended.
     (Do not whip)


5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Place cake pan in roasting pan.
    Pour enough hot water into roasting pan to come halfway

    up sides of cake pan.


6. Bake until center of cake is set and tester inserted into center 
    comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 45 minutes

7. Remove pans from water and chill cake overnight.


8. Cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Using oven mitts as aid, 
     hold pan bottom over low heat for 15 seconds, warming slightly 
     to release cake. Place platter over pan. Hold pan and platter 
     together tightly and invert. Lift off cake pan; peel off parchment 
     and dust top of each cake with cocoa powder. 

9. Cut cake into ten slices and garnish with fresh raspberries 

    and raspberry sauce.(raspberry sauce can be made by 
    simmering raspberries in a little butter or more easily 
    by microwaving raspberry jam/jelly)





Zestfully Let's Cultivate Food

January 3, 2017

Corporate Catering MENUS

Our most ordered Catering MENUS are listed below. 
(Please email or call for additional menus.)

All menus include:
Disposable plates, silverware wrapped in napkins,
any needed warming chaffing ware & little signage of the food items.
(Table clothes can be provided upon request.)



 ASIAN FUSION 
Pork belly wrapped steak lemongrass lollipops
Mac & cheese stuffed egg rolls w sriracha
Shrimp on avocado cucumber w wasabi aoili
Sriracha BBQ meatballs
Crazy pineapple fried rice w bacon
Mixed exotic noodles w veg in LCF’s sesame teriyaki sauce
Pork & ginger pot stickers w house soy dipping sauce 

 CIBO ITALIANO 
Caprese skewers w basil pesto
Sweet sausage links w peppers & onions
Classic Ceasar salad w homemade croutons
Italian ‘drunken’ noodles w spicy sausage
Baked 5-cheese Ziti w marinara & ricotta
Chicken Piccata w garlic, capers, & lemon sauce
Italian breads (w virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar) 

  SOUTHERN BARBECUE  
Super slow roasted BBQ pulled pork
Hot Tennessee chicken
Apple spiked coleslaw
BBQ green beans w bacon
Homemade corn bread 
Stewed collard greens & kale
Slow cooked BBQ beans

 BRUNCH FOODS  
French toast casserole w berry maple syrup
Egg frittata w bell peppers, onions & kale
Bagel tower w sun-dried & plain cream ch.
Sausage links OR Bacon strips
Oven roasted potatoes w our lemon cream sauce
LCF Scrambled eggs (to order) w condiments
Fried cinnamon apples

 TACO & CHIPS BAR  
5star Guac & Salsa w gourmet chips
Smoked pulled pork
BBQ pulled chicken
Chiffonade lettuce ‘n mixed greens
Diced seasoned tomatoes ’n onions
Shredded cheese off the block
1/2 corn & 1/2 flour shells

 KOREAN - CHINESE FUSION 
Bulgogi (sliced tender ribeye) w seasonal vegetables
Pop’s Lo-mein noodles w julienne vegetables
Apricot glazed salmon on a bed of seasame kale
Steamed garlic mussels OR garlic shrimp
Pickled cucumber style kimchi salad w greens
Vegetables filled dumplings (Mandu)
Bourbon chicken w pineapple sauce (w steamed white rice)

 INFUSED DRINKS  (QT SIZE- $2 each)
Strawberry basil infused green tea
Orange lemongrass green tea
Apple mint cinnamon green tea
Berry lemonade
Tomato basil water
Pineapple lemonade
Cranberry pink lemonade
Apple Orange spice cider
Cucumber & melon water
Passion fruit lemonade

 DESSERTS  ($2pp per dessert) 
Mini Macarons
Mixed cut seasonal fruit
Creme Brulee cheesecake
Tiramisu cupcakes
Chocolate covered strawberry brownies
Mint chocolate brownie bites
Berry brownie cheesecake cream trifle 
Carrot cake with cream cheese icing


Lunch portion = $15pp  (minimum 8 ppl)
Dinner portion = $20pp (mimumum 8ppl)

Fruit infused drinks are $2pp & are in QT. sizes
Desserts are $2pp per dessert

local DELIVERY is FREE
(gratuity is not included)


Corporate catering King of Prussia,    Corporate catering Conshohocken    Corporate catering  Plymouth Meeting
Corporate catering Norristown       Corporate catering Wayne          Corporate catering Havertown
Corporate catering Broomall              Corporate catering Villanova               Corporate catering Philadelphia
Corporate catering Manayunk              Corporate catering Newtown Square

October 25, 2016

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the tastiest of them all..!?!

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the tastiest of them all..

Have you ever wanted to try a taste test to truly see either
which brand or type is better OR to see what your palate
is telling you?  Believe it or not- a large portion of our eating
is done with our other senses.  Our scent as we tend to smell
the food and of course visually with our eyes.
Not always, but more often than not- our palate tells
us something that we might of thought differently.

In our household- we make it a fun mini event by choosing an item
and then getting several of them made by popular brands.

This time around it happened to be dark chocolate.
The brands chosen were:
Hershey, Ghiradelli, Lindt, Godiva, Dove and a random gourmet brand.


2 were waaaay too sweet, 1 was hard to finish... chocolate=hard to finish?
What planet are we on right?   2 were just shy from winning 1st place.
There was a clear winner that was rich, creamy, intense but not
overwhelming intense and just... really good.


hmmm.  are you wondering who won!?
You should take my taste testing class coming up and you'll be able
to taste test over a dozen different things to see which brand is
better according to your taste buds!  cheeses, beverages, yogurts,
different brands of many different things.


which will your palate choose, Let's Cultivate Food