I love cooking shows, love to watch them and when I cook I try to take some of the tips I find and utilize them in my own cooking and menus. Trying to expand my abilities though I decided to do a few challenges taking inspiration from the challenges I see on Great British Bakeoff and Masterchef. It took a bit of research but I have added my own twist on some of the challenges. I am starting at the beginning on both shows, season 1 and going episode by episode. On Masterchef I skipped the auditions because I wanted to jump into the challenges. I have reached out to family and friends and encouraged them to participate. We have done a few weeks already if you want to participate or catch up.
Week 1-(GBB) Signature Cake
I did a Chocolate Orange Ganache Cake, while it tasted really good I don’t think my ganache would have passed the Mary Berry/Paul Hollywood tasted.
Week 2-(GBB) -Victorian Sponge
I did a Lemon Curd and my niece did a Berry Sponge. For some reason my lemon curd needed maybe three more minutes but it was not as solid as I hoped. Tasted good though. I made mine the night before an event and my niece did day of. I found that this type of cake did not really save as well overnight. Still tasty but not as spongy.
Week 3 (MC) Onions-the very first episode was about cutting skills and onion. The challenge we did this week was a dish highlighting onions. I did onion rings but for the life of me I have problems with doing full coats on these suckers. Haley (niece) did Crispy Onion Bhaji and my daughter Megan did Onion and Mushroom Pasties which I did get to try and were delicious.
Week 4 (MC) was Eggs-the challenge was to do a dish in 30 minutes with Egg as centerpiece. We did Eggs were the focus of whatever dish we made. I did Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs with Crispy Bacon and Green Onions. These were delicious. Essentially you make your pimento cheese and then you take the yolks and process them in with a little bit of water to smooth the consistency out. Top with piece of bacon and green onions.
Wk 5-This week we are doing (GBB) Showstopper-Chocolate Celebration Cake. I am making a Black Forest cake for my Game a throne athon event. Will post pics once done. The goal of this one is to amp up the decorating skills.
Wk 6 Next week is (MC) is a mystery box challenge. I am not sure I got all of the ingredients but I did my best so you need to create something using one or more of the ingredients.
Flat Leaf Parsley
Granny Smith apple
Wk 7 is a (GBB) Personality Biscuits- these are cookies, shortbread, biscuits. I like this one because you could do sweet or savory.
Week 8 (MC) Elimination Test-Chinese Cuisine with focus on Mandarin Oranges
If you like to push yourself join us in these challenges, post you bakes or dishes.