Wednesday, 21 July 2010

July Daring Cooks Challenge

Unfortunately my laptop has been out of order for over a week as the hinges broke off and I haven't been able to use my darling husbands (!) laptop because he had to send it back to HP for a screen replacement. Combining the lack of finger tapping technology with the sorry fact that I dropped our beloved digital camera on our minimoon whilst photographing cygnets, we have been laptopless and cameraless for an unbearble amount of time. The good news is the new hinges have arrived and Nathan has repaired my laptop. We also have a wonderful new digital SLR camera, but the lens has yet to arrive. We are so excited to play with it and learn how to use all of its smart features. So this brings me on to my belated posting of the July Daring Cooks challenge and the absolutely awful photos to accompany it...

The Daring Cooks challenge for July was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online.

The mandatory element of the challenge was to make a nut butter and use it in a savoury recipe. I chose to use Sunday roast chicken leftovers and make bang bang chicken. You can find the nut butter recipes and four savoury recipes that you can use the butters to make here.

In the interest of using up the contents of the fridge and vegetable garden I shredded romaine lettuce, cut strips of carrot, cucumber and spring onion and drizzled the peanut and cashew butter sauce over the top with a smattering of cashews for added crunch. To thin the butter I blended half a red chilli, zest and juice of one lime, clove of garlic and toasted sesame oil.

Now the awful photos taken on my Blackberry

Unfortunately they do not convey the utter yumminess contained inside the bowl.

Thank you Margie and Natashya for a lovely and very tasty challenge. I shall definitely make this dish again.

Love Morwenna xoxo

4 comments:

  1. They do convey utter yumminess to me! I love how a sauce like this add magic to a dish. Yum!

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  2. Dear Lord, I would have scoffed the entire lot all by my little self!

    Lovely to see a post from you :O) I know that sort of 'camera' drama! I was so happy when mind started working again. I can remember dripping boiling water over it - that's how I broke it, what a clot! - but it's taken three months to dry out by itself and now it's working again. The happiness I feel is ridiculous!

    Did you watch Masterchef? I was laughing my socks off. Which is mean. I've tried tempura and my efforts tasted 'not great', and who hasn't served undercooked chicken at some point? I'd like to think that I wouldn't make such mistakes at a crucial time like a Masterchef round!!! So I felt a bit mean laughing, but oh my god, it was so funny!

    have a lovely Thursday. xxx

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  3. Oh dear I go pale at the thought of no camera and no laptop at the same time!!! I love the name Bang Bang Chicken!

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