My International Cooking final is coming up on the 1st of May

Methnerd
Methnerd

My International Cooking final is coming up on the 1st of May. The final is a written paper on the spice, herb, or seasoning assigned to you. The cooking portion is a 3 course meal using said ingredient. The starter, entrée, and dessert must have an element of ginger. The entrée must have a starch, a vegetable, and a protein. At least one part must have a ginger aspect.

Okay... Thank you for reading this far. I'm trying to come up with an idea for and entrée that is NOT at all Asian.

The starter is probably going to be something like a ginger-pumpkin bisque. Any ideas?

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MPmaster
MPmaster

make a gingerbread dessert?

Bidwell
Bidwell

wow I sat thinking so long I forgot you specified the entre. why do you want to not be at all asian? ginger's native to asia, it's far more common in asian cuisine.

Methshot
Methshot

that is NOT at all Asian.
your life is gonna suck for the next month or so

try to make something ostensibly Asian but claim that it isn't Asian, because it's acktchually Asian-American fusion and so it isn't real Asian food.

TreeEater
TreeEater

is the "no asian" thing an actual rule or are you just trying to do something different?

Skullbone
Skullbone

hey OP,
that's cool you're taking time to step up to this challenge.
While I do not have any particular suggestions for you, maybe something you could do is think of a bunch of different world cuisines, and type into google "Ginger in _______ cuisine"

like "ginger in <<german>> cuisine" or something?

anyway, i hope things work out for you. god speed.

SniperGod
SniperGod

1st of May.
The entire point of labour day is that no one works not even teachers

BlogWobbles
BlogWobbles

Why do you need to come up with dishes if all youre gonna do is flip burgers or cook someone elses menu?

StonedTime
StonedTime

How about a candied ginger pumpkin seed brittle for dessert?
Bring in your own candied ginger chop it, toast the pumpkin seeds, make a brittle, bring the entire sticky mess together and let cool.

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TechHater
TechHater

I don't want to make an Asian dish because it is the obvious and easy choice. I know I'm just making it difficult for myself, but I feel like it would be a good move with our specific instructor.

Thanks for the advice!

CodeBuns
CodeBuns

Ooooo that's fucking pretty! I'll add that to my list of contenders!

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

I know I'm just making it difficult for myself, but I feel like it would be a good move with our specific instructor.
You are making it difficult. Asian food is a pretty big swath, not only chinese and japanese cuisine, but indian and south asian use it plenty too. maybe look into middle-eastern dishes, if any of them have indian influences they may have some ginger recipes. Also maybe look into german/austrian and possibly scandanavian dishes? I'm not really versed in categorizations of international cuisine myself, but that's where I think when I think of things like gingerbread and ginger beer. If anything else came from similar roots you might be able to work with it.

askme
askme

Serve some ginger tea with the entree

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

make indian food!

FastChef
FastChef

Desert :
Hot "ginger ale" with tapioca ball and diced bread.

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PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

make ginger beer and use it to braise/glaze pork shanks, serve with a gingerbread crusted brawn fritter and a couple of different textures of cabbage

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

Second this. Some old medieval recipes use Ginger (Poudre Fort / Poudre Douce)

takes2long
takes2long

huh?

iluvmen
iluvmen

I make a lemon and ginger reduction, mix it with honey, and baste my chicken with it sometimes. It’s pretty fucking delicious. Lemon and ginger definitely isn’t Asian, and it would go nicely with pork as well as poultry

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

Forgot garlic. Lemon, ginger, and garlic.

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

The final is a written paper on the spice, herb, or seasoning assigned to you.

Isn't a written final kind of redundant?
Like, you're cooking.
You wouldn't be assigned a written final exam in an illustrating class or a woodworking shop- they'd grade your portfolio or have you make uhh... A nice chair or something.

Or am I just missing something here?

Evilember
Evilember

Starting with pumpkin makes me think you should continue with something hearty. Perhaps mashed sweet potatoes with ginger paired with chicken breast with some lemon and rosemary. Ginger is evocative of health and i think it does well in comfort food.

Lunatick
Lunatick

For entree, do carrot and ginger puree with scallops. Dollop of puree with one scallop on it.

Carrot doubles as your starch and vegetable and scallops da protein. Also tastes amazing.

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

trade schools need to make sure their students don't come out totally illiterate, I guess.

w8t4u
w8t4u

ok listen up pork belly with dried ginger is goat. give it a try and serve some nice brown beans and potato with it

Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

Possible courses

1: carrot purée soup with ginger whipped cream (grate ginger and whisk it in along with white pepper and maybe a half spoon of horseradish) serve with crispy fried julienne carrots
Salad with arugula, candied ginger, roasted seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds, pine nuts)

2: braised anything. Ginger seems like it would be cool as an subtle way to suggest Asian themes. Airline breast and thigh served over bok choy with a few drops of sesame oil and maybe even potatoes to fill out the meal

3: candied ginger is such a common thing. So don't do that. I could see a fresh ginger and black garlic (because of the mild sweet flavor)eggy tarte. Even a crème brulée with those flavors so you can put a big slice of ginger on it and char it

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

Lemon poppy and ginger sweet roll

Do like a Greek inspired lamb dish. Something like roasted lamb with a lemon, ginger, mint and pepper crust. Serve it with a salad, ginger tziki sauce and idk pita maybe. Couscous?

Maybe your starter should be a nice Greek salad with ginger tziki dressing and pieces of candied ginger?

Snarelure
Snarelure

No one is going to talk about OP's picture, or "an infernal take on the french souffle classic"?

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