Sunday, 29 September 2013

Recipe Challenge Update

So, as you know I started a recipe challenge a few weeks ago, where I picked a bunch of recipes out of a cookbook to test how good the recipes are and grow my skill level.

It's been going good so far. I picked a few new recipes to add to my weekly line up and some of them have been very successful and some of them not so much. I have crossed of the recipes that I have made so far.

My Recipe List:
1. Baba Ghanoush
2. Naan Bread with Mango Chutney
3. Sweet and Sour Chicken Salad
4. Noodle Salad with Meat and Nuts
5. Tandoori Chicken Kebabs with Raita
6. Samosas
7. Beef with Black Beans
8. Lamb Biryani
9. Asian Noodles with Pork
10. Caribbean Coconut Chicken Nuggets
11. Baked Cod with Potatoes, Olives and Tomatoes
12. Paella
13. Brazilian Fish Stew
14. Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
15. Russian Cheesecake
16. Chocolate Souffle
17. Cherry Clafouti
18. Rhubarb and Apple Tart Tatin
19. Mississippi Mud Cake
20. Chocolate Madeleines

Recipe Reviews
Baba Ghanoush - easy to make and tasted good but not as good as my favourite store brand.
{Sorry I forgot to take a picture.}

Lamb Biryani- was a flop. I followed the recipe and in the end it had little flavour. The spices must have gotten lost in all the rice the recipe calls for. I also found out I do not like lamb (tastes a little too musky for me). I think I will leave this recipes up to the experts.

Brazilian Fish Stew - was awesome! It was easy to make. The coconut milk mixed with the red curry, cod, potatoes, carrots and spinach was incredible.  The dish had just the right amount of heat and wasn't too fishy. I would make this one again.

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni- Easy to make. I did cheat a little in that I used fresh, flat lasagna sheets instead of cannelloni shells because it makes it easier to stuff. You just spread the mixture out in a line and then roll. I also cut the lasagna sheets in half as to have the right proportion of pasta to filling. My family loved it so it is a definite remake and it freezes beautifully.

Chocolate Souffle - In choosing this recipe, I knew this recipe would definitely challenge my skills. The souffle tasted really good but it did not come out like the picture in the cookbook. Since this was my first time trying a souffle I felt like the recipe should have gone into more details for each step (ie. if you can use a hand mixer to whip the egg whites into stiff peaks or by hand.) I will try this dessert again (because I love chocolate and I want to figure this dish out) but with a different recipe that has more details.

Cherry Clafouti- So delicious! It was a dream to make. Since it is no longer cherry season, I had to make the dessert with frozen cherries and it still turned out great. Definitely making this recipe for my next dinner party.

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