Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ready Steady Cook Challenge

Ready Steady Cook Challenge

A while back Lady Raven over at Add to Taste decided to host a blog challenge based on the popular BBC program Ready Steady Cook. The basic premise of her challenge being, bloggers signing up would be supplied with a list of seven ingredients by a fellow blogger. They would then have to create a three course meal using these ingredients and a list of allowed “pantry” items.

I signed up and was partnered with Sam from Oven Loving, this is the list of ingredients she gave me:

  • Beef
  • Beetroot
  • Bacon
  • Brinjal
  • Brie
  • Butter beans
  • Banana

Over the next few days I will be posting the three courses of my entry.  You can keep up-to-date with entries from all the contestants in Lady Raven’s round-up post.

Daring Cooks August 2010 – Pierogi

The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale.

I used the challenge as an excuse to buy myself a new toy from Yuppie Chef, one I’ve been lusting after for awhile now.  A Joseph Joseph adjustable rolling pin, what an improvement from the old Spray and Cook can I’ve been using up until now!

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

I opted for the Russian style pierogi dough as it seemed a little simpler and had a shorter list of ingredients. The dough was fairly easy to make and after a little kneading came together into a satisfying golden orb.

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

I prepared two fillings, the first of which was the Russian style potato filling supplied with the challenge. I substituted the bacon with finely diced chorizo for a different flavour. For the second filling I sautéed onion, garlic, mushrooms and some thyme in a little butter until all liquid from the mushrooms had evaporated and the mixture was deliciously fragrant.

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

Next came the rolling and filling stage, this is the part where my new toy really shined.  The final result was a small army of delicately scalloped dumplings patiently waiting to be cooked.

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

The reward for my efforts? A plateful of boiled pierogi topped with a little sour cream and a dusting of smoked paprika.

Another fun challenge this month, now if only I could get into the habit of not waiting till the very last minute to perpare my entry.  All recipes for this month’s challenge can be found here.

#425 – Smoked Chicken Sandwich Lunch

#425 - Smoked Chicken Sandwich

The contents of today’s lunch are mostly a remix of yesterday’s Smoked Chicken Salad and it’s has me thinking about other meal remixes.  In particular the meal reimagining mastery of Fancy Food Fast, my remix doesn’t even come close! I’m interested to hear how you deal with leftovers and surplus ingredients to make it feel like you are eating a different meal.  Whether it turning a salad into a sandwich, pasta sauce into a soup or roast meat into a pie leave a comment and let me know.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Smoked chicken, rocket and red onion sandwich on multigrain health bread,
  • carrot sticks,
  • an orange cut into eighths and
  • a mini soccer ball cheese.

#434 – Smoked Chicken Salad Lunch

#424 - Smoked Chicken Salad

This past weekend I had the privilege of watching Christine Stevens prepare a few recipes from her book Harvest at the Cape Town Book Fair.  One of the dishes she prepared was a winter salad containing cabbage, carrot, celery and onion dressed with an orange juice vinaigrette. She explained that she thought cooking was all about adapting and that the original recipe in her book used fennel, but since she had none on hand she’d substituted onion instead.  The combination of fennel and orange was the inspirational springboard for this salad lunch.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Mixed salad leaves topped with
  • carrot, red onion and fennel marinated in a little orange juice topped with
  • sliced smoked chicken and
  • orange segments with feta cheese.

#423 – Vegetable Soup Lunch

#423 - Vegetable Soup

Recently Cape Town became one of a handful of cities worldwide to endorse a weekly meat-free day. I’ve blogged previously about the Meatless Monday movement and my strange mental block when it comes to creating a meat-free meal on a specific day of the week. So I’m happy to follow the City of Cape Town‘s example and enjoy a few random meatless days a week.

This simple vegetable soup is a great vegetarian option for your chosen meat-free day.  Cubed celeriac, carrot and any other vegetable odds and ends you’d like to make use of, cooked with lentils in a vegetable stock and served with a generous spoon of flavoursome pesto.

Today’s Lunch:

  • Vegetable soup topped with a spoonful of pesto and
  • a slice of olive ciabatta.