At the beginning of 2020, a group of friends who enjoyed cooking decided to share their dining experiences virtually. They created the parameters of a three-course meal using the same ingredient in each course. We thought it was a fantastic idea and decided to see what we could do with Ambrosia apples. The rest, as they say, is history: Come Dine With Ambrosia Apples was born! We have challenged our readers to come up with Ambrosia-inspired meals for their families and friends and are thrilled with some of the menus they’ve created.
Our next installment is no different. It comes to us from Kevin and Sabrina, a busy couple living in the Lower Mainland. They both work full-time, and love to spend time with their kids and grandkids and not in the kitchen. They loved the idea of mixing up their regular fare, decided to give Come Dine With Me a go, and we are glad they did!
They had a two-course menu:
Green Salad with Ambrosia Apples
Pork Ambrosia Apple Sushi Creation
“Our style of cooking is very simple,” Kevin explained. “We don’t really eat dessert, and we don’t like a lot of fancy stuff, no drizzles or hints of anything, just good food.”
Kevin does the bulk of the cooking for the couple. He had never cooked with Ambrosia apples before and hadn’t even considered them in savoury dishes. “I’ve always thought apples were just for eating or dessert, but then I was talking to a coworker, Chantelle, who did this challenge, and said she made a pork recipe. Their menu was a little fancy for our taste, so we went with our own. We really like Ambrosia apples and love eating them, so why not?”
They started with a nice fresh green salad, to which they added some corn, grated white cheddar, sunflower seeds, Ambrosia apples, and some bottled Avocado Caesar dressing. Then they had Kevin’s special Pork and Ambrosia apple roll. “I flattened a pork tenderloin, added sliced Ambrosia apple, brie cheese, walnuts, sage, cinnamon, and sliced onions. Then I rolled it up like sushi and tied it up.” Kevin baked his Pork Sushi Creation for 30 minutes at 375 and served it with heaps of love on a bed of rice. “You gotta have the love,” he reminded us. “It’s the most important ingredient!”
Kevin had a lot of fun with this challenge. “I don’t know if I’d cook with apples again,” he says. “I’d definitely throw them in a salad, though, that was delicious!”