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4 New Ways to Eat

Trendy yet stylish, this dish give your guests a new way to dine. From Lunch to Dinner, Hors d’oeuvres to Appetizers this little Beauty gets the job done. With 4 compartments you can either have 4 completely different entrees or 4 entrees based on a similar theme.

Bento Box #5

*Going clockwise from top left…

  • Smoked Salmon wrapped Crab cake with a Chive Creme Fraiche
  • Broiled Grouper with a Tomato & Scallion Rice Pilaf
  • Grilled Pepper Beef Skewer served with a Potato & Shiitake Mushroom hash
  • 6 Pepper Chicken Breast w/ Angel Hair Pasta & Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Bento Box #2

  • Tempura Battered Tuna Loin on Exotic Greens
  • Smoked Chicken Sachet w/ dried Cranberries and Brie Cheese
  • Corn and Crab fritters with a Plum dipping sauce
  • Sausage stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Spinach & Parmesan cheese

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  •  Grilled Salmon with Ratatouille
  • Grilled Mahi-Mahi w/ Cucumber salad
  • BBQ Shrimp Skewer with Truffle Mac & Cheese
  • Scallops with Bacon in an Asiago Cream sauce in Filo Cups

 Bento Box #3

Finally we have…

  • Shrimp Skewer with Avocado, angel Hair pasta, & Boursin Cream sauce.
  • Chicken, Spinach, and Feta Cheese, Filo triangles
  • Grilled Tuna with a Cucumber and Ginger relish or slaw
  • Blackened Mahi-Mahi with a Mango Salsa

This is a completely new way to satisfy virtually every taste in your party, from savory to sweet,  and tart to mellow. The only thing you have to worry about these boxes is the count at the end of the night. Serve your guests with traditional chop sticks and watch them fumble around. (LOL) Great ice breaker for the dinner or cocktail tables.  

I’ve checked 3 different sites and the avg cost is $12.50 per box…

www.ablekitchen.com
www.buy4asianlife.com
www.creativefoodpackaging.com

A little steep for a one person tray or plate, so I kept digging.

I found a 3-Tier Bento Box (3 boxes) for $13.99 at www.buy4asianlife.com 
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I know, I know, a lil pricey especially if you want to have 1 box per person and you’re having a party for 10 and above ppl. Think out of the (Bento) box though, buy a couple at first and use them as appetizer trays, by the time everyone catches up with your idea you’ll be serving them 1 to a person with multiple entrees in each compartment. They’ll still be wondering how you did it.

Keep up the great work and don’t for get the personalized fortune cookies.

This is your Rude Boii chef signing off; and I’m out!!!

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Cones- Not just for Ice Cream anymore…

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Imagine a warm evening, there’s the slightest hint of a breeze, and the term Lazy summer has redefined itself in how you’re feeling. Nothing would feel so good as a cone right now, but which flavor should you have? How about Chocolate Mousse, or Thai peanut chicken or Fresh Ahi Tuna….. Whaaaaa…..??????

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It’s true cones are not just for Ice Cream any more. This trend has been the rave of many a hor d’oeuvre party or an appetizer before a meal. These little cuties will drive up your acceptance points with just about any social group, and they can be used with most any type of food. Now most of the types of cones (if not all of them) I’ve run into have been of the sweet nature and if you’re going to use them with a savory filling then you should be careful what you fill them with. I’ve seen the majority of them filled with Ahi Tuna which is raw and possibly seasoned only with a special soy sauce. Even here you have to be careful, if your filling has too much moisture, the cones may get a little soggy if they’re too thin. A helpful tip to remember is that if you can, coat the inside with something edible & moisture proof. i.e. chocolate, or white chocolate. For more savory fillings, try not to marinate your filling after it is cooked, ruduce the amount of liquid on your product so as not to soak through the cone. If you must have a sauce, serve it on the side so your guests can drizzle it on as they desire. (PLEASE, NO DIPPING!!!)

I, however, love the concept of them. I go by the golden rule of an appetizer should be no more than 2 bites in size, unless you’re having a “Everything is bigger in Texas,” theme. Then by all means, make them a lot bigger, but try to stick by the rule. A few lucky ppl will be invited to our first ever S&B Appetizer Party, and they will get to see these wonderful cones at work, along with a few other snazzy ideas we may come up with.

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If you don’t get invited to this one, don’t dispair, we’ll be having more. If you feel you must have these at your next party, ask yourself if you will be using this theme a lot or just once or twice a year. If you’re going to be using it a lot then I suggest you invest in a waffle cone maker. I found one on kitchenemporium.com and the price was $49.99, not bad considering you may only use $5-$6 of food to fill 50 cones. Then I stumbled on the price of the cone mix; $13.99 a bag and it only makes enough batter for 40 cones. You’ve gotta be kidding me!!!!! Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye out for a more reasonable price, and if I can’t find one, I’ll post a recipe for them.

That’s it for the trend in me, keep it cool, sweet and rude! This is your Rude Boii Chef….. and I’m out!

Spot of Tea…

Novus Tea - Home

I’m sorry, but nothing can refresh a body better than tea. (when you need something to drink) Iced tea, hot tea, even a tea rub on a favorite grilled item. There’s something about those tea leaves. I stumbled onto a brand of tea while working; one thing about working in a restaurant, you can run into some interesting concepts in anything that has to do with food.
Novus brand Tea is one of the best teas I’ve tried,  there are 8 blends several of which I’ve tried.

CITRUS CHAMOMILE HERB
This is my favorite of all the blends, and that’s saying something if I had to put down my peppermint tea for this. It was so good, I bought a case after trying one bag. Light and fruity. Not overbearing and heavy. I even tried to over-steep it to see what the flavors would be like, and they were still distinct and flavorful. This is a tea for mid day while you’re awake and can enjoy the full flavors.

WILD ENCOUNTER HERB TEA
Wild encounter is another blend that I adore. It’s a slight bit heavier that the previous blend, but does not weigh on your palet. This one has a more berry flavor that can be enjoyed by almost everyone. (Even if you don’t like berries) Plus it’s full of other subtle flavors like rosehips and apple, this one is destined to waken those tastebuds.

EGYPTIAN MINT HERB TEA
Now I love mint tea. If you want to get on my good side, bring me a steaming cup of Mint tea. Early in the Morning or late in the evening, Mint tea is guaranteed to bring a sense of calm into your day. I like my tea strong so I let it steep a little longer than most, and like the other ones it does not miss a step when it comes to flavor quality.

PAI MU TAN
Pai Mu Tan- (what does that mean???) Must mean darn good tea. This is the White tea blend that Novus is having me drool over. A perfect strong breakfast tea, well I wouldn’t say strong maybe firm would be a better word. It holds it’s own with any stand up tea, I had to look twice just to make sure it wasen’t a Black Tea after trying it. It blew me away and woke me straight up. Whooooo… I gotta go get me a cup right now. BRB


Now what would a critique on tea be without the correct way to enjoy it. I found this lil beauty  hiding on americanbridal.com and sells for $40.95, not bad for the art of tea. This would be sure to impress at any party or gathering, or make yourself feel good while just relaxing.

S&B Seasonings Lemon Sugar
Tea with a twist of Lemon and Sugar, S&B Seasonings Lemon Sugar would be the perfect addition for baking, and any tea festivity. With REAL Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice to heighten your entertaining experience. 
Our goal, in offering the finest products, is to refer you to the best there is to offer.  Our Lemon Sugar will top off the experience and have you and your guests waiting for your next event.

That’s it for this review. Have a great time and enjoy that tea, This is the Rude Boy Chef………. and I’m out!