Cooking Challenges

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Upcoming weeks:

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.

Pork

Flat Leaf Parsley

Cabbage

Tomato Vine

Chipata bread

Granny Smith apple

Lemon

Cognac

Cinnamon

Chocolate

Egg

Milk

 

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.

Menu Mondays

We are making little changes to our site.  Menu Mondays is a new feature. Rachel and I both do weekly menu planning.  We wanted to share our upcoming meal plans and after we have tried the recipes post the best of the best.  Below are a combination of our daily plans and where we found them.

 

This week:

 

Honey Herb Pork Tenderloin from the Cookie Rookie

https://www.thecookierookie.com/honey-herb-pork-tenderloin/

Peppery Acorn Squash from Better Homes and Garden

https://www.bhg.com/recipe/peppery-roasted-acorn-squash/

 

Orange Chicken from The Pioneer Woman https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/orange-chicken/

 

Chicken Malai Boti from Fauzia’s Kitchen Fun http://www.fauziaskitchenfun.com/chicken-malai-boti

 

Ground Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese from Dinner then Dessert https://dinnerthendessert.com/ground-philly-cheesesteak-grilled-cheese/

 

Cauliflower Toast by Ina Garten

https://www.purewow.com/food/ina-garten-cauliflower-toast-review

Roasted Broccoli Salad by Half Baked Harvest

https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/lemon-garlic-roasted-broccoli-salad/

 

Lightened up salsa verde chicken enchiladas w/pineapple avocado Salsa by Half Baked Harvest

https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/lightened-salsa-verde-chicken-enchiladas-pineapple-avocado-salsa/

Chips/Tortilla Chips

 

Blackened Chicken Sandwiches w/Chipolte Mayo and Gouda

Original recipe found on Cooking For Keeps

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Blackened Chicken Sandwiches with Chipolte Mayo and Gouda
This is a delicious twist on a chicken sandwich
Course sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Course sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, 1/8 chipolte chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Thinly slice onion and cook in olive oil. Cook until caramelized about 30 minutes. If you want a thinner chicken breast, flatten with mallet. I didn't do this step. Season both sides of the chicken with the seasoning. Heat a skillet and cook about 5-10 minutes each side. (if flattened takes about 5 minutes.) Cook all the way through. Meanwhile mix the mayo, lime juice and remaining chipolte chili powder in small bowl. Once chicken is done put a piece of gouda on and let melt. To assemble spread the mayo, add the chicken with gouda on top. Top with tomato and carmelized onions.

Thai Pineapple Peanut Satay Chicken

Original recipe found on Carlsbad Cravings.

Print Recipe
Thai Pineapple Peanut Satay Chicken
This is a moist dish that does not require a lot of time to prepare. You do need to set aside marinade time though 3-4 hours.
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Peanut Sauce
Other
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Peanut Sauce
Other
Instructions
  1. Pour all the ingredient for the marinade in a large freezer bag, mix well. Add the chopped bite size pieces of chicken. Let marinade for 3-4 hours in refrigerator. Peanut Sauce Add the coconut milk and cornstarch to small sauce pan. Using wisk blend well. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Doesn't take long before thick and warm enough to serve. 3-4 minutes. For the pineapple grill or broil the slices and serve with the chicken. Takes about 5 minutes. You can either grill this or broil. I broiled. Assemble skewers by adding the chicken about 6-8 pieces to each. (If using wooden skewers soak for 30 minutes prior) Grill on one side and then turn slightly. For broil, preheat oven. Line a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cook for 5 minutes and then turn, takes 10-15 minutes.