Monday, 28 February 2011

Random Recipes Round Up

... there really seems to be a billion cookbooks out there!

... when I first started to blog... just under a year ago... it was like turning up unannounced at a fabulous party where everyone knew someone... there were some people who knew everyone... but most people had their own little cliques and groups... and quite frankly I was scared...

... I mean I knew I wanted to share my cooking with people... I just wasn't expecting the fabulous party!... but unlike most parties... where you wonder around alone, making small talk with strangers... this was the most welcoming bunch of food maniacs I had ever had the pleasure to share my passion with... and their generosity was immense... and global... this was the greatest party ever!

... so i trod carefully (well, not that carefully) and I didn't want to impose my world domination tactics too early, so it was with a little trepidation that I launched this, my first challenge... you know I think the idea is genius, but I'm touched that more of you entered than I thought would... even though many of you were scared at first, least of all me!

... so without further ado... let me introduce to you the inaugural random recipe challenge round-up

Lucy from The KitchenMaid - Italian Cinnamon Biscuits

Gary from Exploits of a Food Nut - Chicken and Papaya Curry 

A double whammy from Louise at Please Don't Feed the Animals - Rough Chicken Liver Pate (from 'I Love Food' by Clare MacPherson-Grant Russell ) and Tortillitas de Camarones (from Moro by Sam and Sam Clark) 

Michael at Me, My Food and I - Whole wheat spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon from Giada's Kitchen, New Italian Favorites by Giada de Laurentiis

from The Art of being Perfect we have Cranberry Jam from Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros (come ON... I mean Jam for goodness sake... that's dedication to the challenge...)

from Manu at Cooking Manu we have Pancakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Cream... these were actually made by her daughter Beatrice... who apparently loved the challenge so much she wants to take part every month... what a great way to get kids cooking eh?

from Phil at As Strong As Soup we have Pork Apicius from The Cuisine of Alain Senderens

Susan from The Spice Garden with Apple and Cottage Cheese pancakes from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

Michelle, from Food, Football and a Baby with an Egg Masala from The Cook by Isidore Coelho

Choclette over at chocolatelogblog miraculously chose Butterscotch Swirl Brownies from Linda Collisters Divine

Chele from Chocolate Teapot made Basil, Mascarpone and Ricotta Tart 

the BrownievilleGirl herself made white yeast bread from Bake by Rachel Allen something she hated... ... and then found another recipe on another site and gave this better recipe a second go... god bless her!

Sidiqa from Spontaneous Euphoria made pea and potato pakora from 500 Appetizers by Susannah Blake... please pop over and check out the stunning food photography!

and finally, the lovely 'wish she was my granny' Rhyleysgranny made these scrummy peanut butter and chocolate cookies from The Essence of Chocolate by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg

... so thank you all for taking part... some of you may have bent the rules slightly... which is fair enough... we all have our ways of coping... but I think everyone had fun...?

... look out for next months challenge which will have a slight twist to it... how can you resist?

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Wow! You got some great recipes! I had a crazy week and couldn't get to my recipe! Maybe next time, because it looks like so much fun!


  2. I swear, I had a recipe picked and forgot about it. So, sorry.
    Happy to see you had such great participation.

  3. Fantastic participation! Loved it!

  4. Fantastic result Dom! Well done to you for the concept ;0)
    Great round up too!

  5. I had so much fun doing this challenge and can't wait for the next one, it's all such fun and now I can say that I've made jam! Result.

    Great to see such a fantastic variety of recipes and bloggers. x

  6. I had great fun participating in the challenge Dom and it's exciting to see what other people cooked as well.
    I look forward to the next one :) and also the twist.

  7. Great challenge Dom, im looking forward to not having a visit from the school inspectors on the eve of your next challenge! Love the massive range of recipes this inspired x

  8. Woot! Woot! Great numbers on your first challenge, friend! Love the variety of randomness too! A twist? Hmmm!

  9. These are wonderful! How did this slip by me so quickly?? Oy. I was so going to do this. Count me in for next month's challenge. I promise.

  10. it's a great challenge Dom, thanks for coming up with it. God round-up too. Twisting the rules is unfair - I've already got what I have to do for next month sorted! Thought I should be a bit more organised this time in case I got something a bit scary - AND I have!

  11. I love this idea! I didn't discover your blog until too late but I'll definitely take part next month as I have far, far too many unused cookbooks.

  12. LOL Dom, flattery will get you everywhere. Some great entries here. I am really looking forward to the next challenge. This was a great idea. Give yourself a gold star xxx

  13. Excellent round up Dom - I'm not surprised there was such a good take up, it's a great idea.

  14. I love this challenge. And its amazing to see all the recipes, sll different.

  15. 14 entries - for the first round - ace!
    Lovely round-up.
    I'm away to look up everyone who I am not already following.

  16. it is really good, thanks for sharing keep doing


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