... 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!