Simon Gault is a judge on New Zealand's Masterchef TV program, and is well known for his restaurant Euro (where Caitie's dad has eaten several times).
We watched him cook Roasted Pumpkin, Vanilla & Ginger Dip, Crumpet Bread, Smoked Chicken & Watercress Crepes, Chicken & Spinach Risotto and Parmesan Baskets. Oh, and something called an Intergalactic Rock. :)
Caitie was quite interested in it all, but when he got the liquid nitrogen out....wow! That was impressive, eh, Caitie?
He offered tastes to a few people, and Caitie desperately wanted to taste something. Every time he asked for a volunteer, her hand shot up.
Finally, on the very last dish, she got a try of the Intergalactic Rock. It was creamy, very slightly fizzy, cold and crunchy. As Simon Gault described it, it was the upmarket version of a lemonade spider! Delicious.
It was still smoking from the liquid nitrogen as she took a bite. A definite new experience!
We're definitely going to make the parmesan baskets and crisps. But we liked his descriptions of how to make the perfect risotto (by adding love!) so we might try and give that a go too. It was a neat bonus to be given his recipes. And...just to add the icing on the cake, he signed the page of recipes for her. "Caitlin, big kiss. Simon Gault." She told him she cooked at home, and that she had a blog, and he told her to drop him a message on Facebook. So we will. :)
Aw, a pretty cool day, huh, Caitie!