Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Paper Chef - Announcing The March Winner

After winning the February Edition of Owen's monthly online recipe-inventing competition for my Very Posh Cheese & Biscuits recipe, I was delighted to have the opportunity to judge the March edition.

For those of you don't know how it works, 4 ingredients are chosen (almost) randomly from a list of those suggested by potential participants. Entrants then have a whole weekend to invent a recipe, shop for ingredients, cook their masterpiece, photograph it and then write up their entry on their blog.

The four ingredients chosen for the March edition were

pomegranate - chocolate - eggplant - stale bread

What a relief it was for me to have an excuse not to take part this month. This particular combination proved to be the most challenging to date. Difficulty doesn't deter a bunch of industrious foodbloggers, however, and the standard of entries was again high, making my job all the more difficult. To check out all the entries head over to hostess Jennifer's blog Domestic Goddess where she rounded up all the imaginative entries.

After much deliberation, uhmming and ahhing, and a points system based on imagination, combination, eatability and simplicity, I have decided to present this month's award to Fatemeh of Gastronomie for her Cocoa-Pomegranate Roast Chicken with Eggplant Stuffing. There were a couple of amazing dessert recipes that almost pipped Fatemeh at the post, but in the end I decided her chicken recipe was one that most people would be able to relate to in terms of actually cooking and eating.

Photograph by Fatemeh at Gastronomie

Congratulations to Fatemeh and all the other entrants. Good job all round!
Paper Chef - Announcing The March Winner


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