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! 


9 Comments on “masterchef challenge

Hook and Needle
July 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Here’s a challenge: two small jars of balsamic-pickled cucumbers. 🙂

That dinner sounds wonderful! I can’t cook worth a lick. 🙂

July 21, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Something purple, seems like a bulb of some sort. A bit bigger than a cricket ball, and slightly flattened, like, um, pumpkin shape. Firm, smells like soil, but that could be the soil. About 8 stalks sticking out at various points around the top, each one big green leaf. Dont even know what it is, let alone what to do with it! Came in the veg box- guess I could ring them and ask, but this seems more fun!

Plus, I want the 22-month-old to eat it- there, challenged?

Love you, and glad to hear you’re allowing yourself a little brainless TV time.

July 22, 2010 at 7:40 am

I’ve found a great baked risotto recipe from Bill Granger to use up zucchini if you want it. My lot love it, they beg for it whenever they see a zucchini. Who knew I had a bunch of closet vegetarians hiding at my place?!
Plus, I want to know what Sue’s vegetable is…?

July 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

when you finish season 1 come see me for season 2 and 3 😉

July 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

Is it a beetroot? Khol Rabi? Hmmm. If it is beetroot, cut into smaller pieces,toss with a little balsamic vinegar,olive oil and crushed garlic, then roast.When it is tender(it will take a while) you can toss with feta cheese for a yumsious salad, or,puree with some ricotta for your little one.
How ever if it isn’t beetroot, I have no idea!
As for my lurking ingredient…rye flour – I suspect I have left it too long and it may be too old to use? The family are not keen on rye bread, any other ideas?

July 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

I have a massive jar of middle eastern fig “confit” almost a kilo! I’ve used it to make a fig swirled easy bread, but no clue what to do with the rest!
Here’s a pic of the jar:

July 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

i have a jar of mango pickle (mild) unopened

no idea why i bought it and i can’t throw it out.

a recent search for salt found a half full bag of salt with a use by date of 2004- which means i have managed to move TWICE with this half used bag of salt and not realise.
can anyone beat that?

July 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Did you see Masterchef last night? They featured the purple vegetable thingy – a kohlrabi!!!
Miss Ivy is completely adorable Fi, and it looks like Tilly is totally smitten!

July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

I did! Thanks Kirsty, it’s a weird arsed looking thing, right?! xxx


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