'Swedish Chef' Makes Charoset for Vegan Cooking Competition
Charoset is a Passover dish not commonly served otherwise, which led to some laughter and confusion among the in-crowd: The organizer, the DJ, the emcee, and two of the three judges were all apparently vegan Jews. The rules of the contest said that each dish must be a dessert containing cranberries. They did not say that cranberries had to be featured prominently, but some people thought that my combination of just apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and cranberry-plum wine lacked sufficient cranberry emphasis. On pieces of scrap paper left on the tables at the end of the night, they also had some other not-so-nice things to say:
- Apple walnuts, eh?
- UGH. raw apples, poorly seasoned, not marinated. NO CRAN.
- Charoset – taste a lot of cinnamon, not much else 'til I got to the wine & walnut. Couldn't taste cranberry.
- Cranberry not prominent
- Ehhhhh .....
- Horrible – no cranberries
- Presentation foul ... Taste foul
- Interesting thought. Can't taste cranberries. Not that good.
- So well rounded. Good texture, full combo. Cranberry essence. Sweet & tart. Beautiful presentation.
- Nice crepe – beautiful! Very original! Cranberry sauce tangy & sweet, pistachios delicious – nice textures – very subtle ginger – lovely combination of flavors.
- Very good
- Great presentation – yummy
- Presentation nice
- Crepes Rule!! (when vegan)
- Good cranberry in Asian dish