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  1. bitt

    Nice work, chefs. That sounds like a hard challenge. I would have done well if the ingredients were cacao-coconut-nuts-agave. 🙂

    That crab cake actually looks good. I am not repulsed by green, it makes me more attracted to it. Plus I made some green veggie burgers last night.

    The choc cake is by far the most drool worthy. Amazing stuff!

  2. Hannah

    You are, and will always be, my Top Chef.

    (I kinda want to leave it at that, but I’m absolutely unable to. That chocolate torte! With raspberries and pistachios, two (more) of my favourite things! I can picture myself as a puppy at your feet begging for the raw chocolate scraps…)

    And now, my lovely… go off and have an amazing weekend at home with Matt and your family!

  3. healthyexposures

    That really IS a crazy medley of produce to have to use up! Looks like you did perfect – each part looks delicious. Although…I don’t think annnything could top that cocolate torte. Holy cow, that looks beyond-words-amazing.
    I have a hard time making things I’ll hate, too. I just don’t have ay taste for it, so I feel like I’m…well, in a canoe without a paddle, I guess! Sounds like you passed that challenge with flying colors 😉

  4. Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon

    So much goodness I don’t even know where to start. Chocolate torte? Yes, please. Raw layered “lasagna” of sorts? Definitely! Butternut squash-apple puree? Pass some my way 🙂

    And the “crab” cakes look delicious to me…I gladly would have eaten it for you!

    So fun that you’re able to spend the weekend at home. Enjoy, and be sure to get in lots of rest and relaxation!

  5. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    I like that your knife has a name, that’s ridiculous. And you two cranked out an awesome response to your Iron Chef-esque challenge! I’m always most excited by the dessert though, it looks like a swirling vortex of bliss!

  6. Angela A.

    Love your creation! Looks fantastic!

  7. juliakatz1996

    That choclolate torte looks SO pretty and creative. You you send me one please, with pistachios and raspberries on top 🙂

    Oh, and a side of one of those peppers!

  8. Ela

    Hope you’re having a great weekend at home.

    What a fun challenge – I love being handed a bunch of ingredients and told to make something of them. I think you guys did great. All looks delicious. And the choc torte… Well, enough said!

    Glad you’re still sounding so upbeat and vibrant and inspirational. It’s wonderful to see the development and the pleasure streak throughout.


  9. Villo

    Wooow, congratulations, Amber!!! I was supercurious how you’d use fruits together with the other ingredients, for me that is always a challenge, being the eat fruit only on an empty stomach or in a smoothie kind of girl. So I’m curious how you liked the first dish.
    Drooling over your chipotle, I love them and can’t buy them in Belgium, was just googling sites to order some when I saw your latest post featured them. Craving just tenfolded 🙂

    By the way, what kind of pumpkins/squash do you use in the restaurant? Here I can buy round green and orange ones (regular/Halloween/Hokkaido) and butternut squash but apart from the young butternut, the rest I had no success with, tried to marinate, dehydrate, blend etc but remained hard and the taste wasn’t particularly appealing either.
    Have a safe drive!

  10. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    Oh wow wow wow.

    That is all just so so good.

    And purple bell peppers are a new one on me. From the photo they look like aubergines.

  11. Val

    I’m getting a huge kick out of reading your blog! I can’t wait to do the same thing when I start my culinary school adventures 😀

    What camera do you use?

  12. River (Wing-It Vegan)

    I actually think the crabby cakes look good! Not unsightly at all.

    You guys made the most of your challenge ingredients! How fun! And the torte? Yes, please!!

  13. Pure2raw twins

    You are right no words needed for that lovely dessert!!! Incredible!! 🙂

    Good job with the crab cakes, I am not a huge fan of the real ones but I would have loved to try your raw one even if the color did not come out just right 😉 All looks great!

  14. Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler

    ooh! The chocolate looks fabulous!

    You definitely have a talent for this. I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I had been given all of those random items and was told to make something good out of it all!

  15. Spumoni

    The only down side to your blog is how much it makes me want to attend the academy! Alas, financial restrictions will not allow 🙁
    In the meantime, I’ll just hang on your every post… no pressure 🙂
    Thanks so much for all the photos and comments. They’re all great! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been doing this week. Tell Russel every time I make his recipes for my friends, they all rave!! Wishing I could be there… Spumoni

  16. Jenny

    come to mama indeed!

    as always, so many things to applaud and to think about!