masterchef challenge


# If I wanted my life back once Masterchef finishes this weekend, I probably shouldn't have started watching Mad Men. Given I've got the whole first series. And given I'm a bit inclined to put my feet up once the kids are in bed and not do anything (i.e. watch TV) in the evenings right now. 

# Turns out I can cook Malaysian food. Not usually my forte. But on Sunday night my darling pal Nessie set me a masterchef challenge: I showed up at her place and she presented the ingredients I had to cook the entree with. They were kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk, red chillis, chicken, lemongrass, mushrooms, a whole fresh coconut and fish sauce. I was cooking for four adults (we made pasta for the kids) and Ness had a vision of what she wanted after tasting a white soup served in a wine glass with crushed dried lime leaves around the rim in a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur last month. 

# If you scarf down the soup you will have no soup to take a photo of. I really wish I'd taken a photo. But it worked out so well I'll make it again and blog it. Promise. 

# I brought the ingredients Ness had to make up a main meal with: organic beef, 00 flour, pumpkin, sage, garlic, ricotta. Here's what she made:

Pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with butter and sage sauce and roast beef and a herb and mayonnaise salad. SO good. Photo by Adam (thanks babe.) 

# My pantry (and fridge for that matter) is a masterchef challenge waiting to happen. Bottles of this, jars of that, puy lentils anyone? What's something you have in your fridge/pantry that you're looking for inspiration to know what to do with? Got five languishing zucchini you need  recipe for? Marinated figs? Throw it open to the comments! Come on, hit me! 


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