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Paper Chef 34 – The winners

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So this is the moment you all have been waiting for. Me too to be honest. The feeling of power surging through my veins at this moment is impossible to describe. I can be the dictator of taste.  I like it!

However, I wish we could have several winners since there could be winners in different categories.

There are the ones that could win due to the simplicity of their creations. Using just the 4 ingredients in a Paper Chef challenge is not always easy. Less is more, but not always simpler.

Denise, Mike and Tricia were all three of them keeping it straight forward with no fuss but still delivered excellent meals.


Then there is the category where the cooks have added some twist to it, or reconstructed the ingredients.I like how Tori used minced turkey meat and incorporated the others in to the mince. Natashya’s filled turkey roll also shows a different way of using the ingredients. Terry took a whole new approach to the lentils and made griddle cakes.


There is one more person who would fit in here, and that is Hank. But he gets his own personal mentioning since he already before me giving my judgement has won. He is the winner of the People’s Choice. Congratulations, Hank!

What I liked a lot with his entry was the ‘double-cooking’, first braising in broth to enhance the flavour and then frying to get the change of texture. But I think I loved Holly’s snake shooting the most. ….


So this leads us to the third and last category, the ‘over the top’ entries.These are entries that were  very creative, a lot of work and splashed out with several courses or versions.

Here we have Ilva’s 3 course menu with some interesting twists were of  one would be the turkey in the dessert. It sounds weird, but it might just work. I am curious. Tanna filled about everything she could find in her kitchen. She filled the peppers but also flipped things around and filled a pumpkin. Robin might have been late with her entry but she impressed with making 3 different mains.


But who will be the winner of this month?

The category ‘over the top’ kind of appeals to me. Ilva made a menu which I personally find very interesting and makes a full circle entry. Then we have Tanna who was the only one to use the herb that I think goes the best with a winter squash/pumpkin – sage. That is a marriage made in heaven. Then the pomgranate to that. Robin did 3 different types of hot meals that impressed me. Another favourite and a bit of an underdog with it being a single course is Terry and her griddle cakes. I thought it was a fantastic idea, simple yet surprising.

If I could I would have two winners, Terry and Robin. Terry for the wonderful idea of the griddle cake and Robin/Dave for their multifaceted cooking.

In the end I will go for Robin and Dave at Belly Timber.

Congratulations guys!


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November 18, 2008 at 10:42 pm

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Paper Chef – the roundup

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I have put the roundup on the Paper Chef blog. Go there and have a look at all the great dishes people came up with.

You can also vote for the People’s Choice!

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November 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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here we go again

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The same day as the US elected their first coloured president the Californians also voted for this.

Change the words gay & homosexual for the words black & coloured person.


Why do they even let these people have children?

To see the full extent of the hatred, visit their site.

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November 6, 2008 at 11:14 pm

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First of all I have to congratulate the world on getting Obama as the president of USA, let’s hope that crazy woman Palin has gone back to her room with a view( of Russia). Anyway, this is not going to be about politics but something more important – food.

It is once again time for the fun of Paper Chef. Since  I was the lucky winner of last month’s challenge I get the pleasure not only to present the 4 ingredients, but I also get to judge you guys.

For the people who have no clue what Paper Chef is I can tell you that it is a cooking challenge that will show you all the good of cooking. It will bring back pleasure in the kitchen (if you lost it), it will spur your creativity, introduce you to new ways of thinking about food, it will become your new addiction.There is no pressure, only jolly good fun.

It is simple. I will here  post 4 ingredients that must be used to create a dish of your choice, it can be one dish or it can be a menu – it is all up to you but they must all contain these ingredients:

– Turkey

– Anaheim peppers

– Winter squash

– Lentils (this was my choice)

Should there be something you cannot eat due to allergies, religious persuasions, being vegetarian of vegan or you cannot buy it where you live- feel free to swap that ingredient for something similar.

The full set of rules  can be found on the site of Paper Chef in the right side column. There you can also see earlier contributions for inspiration.

You have until Tuesday 11th to blow us away. If you have any questions you are welcome to e-mail me at

Have fun, be playful and surprise me.


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November 5, 2008 at 9:54 am

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