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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

It’s been a while since the last challenge again! This is the 8th one. This time, he asked me to buy ingredients but not to tell him until he started cooking, instead of telling him before he goes shopping.

We don’t have a pantry like the TV show has, so I told him to buy things that you might want to use with the secret ingredients that I bought.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Ground Beef, and
  • Eggplant

There were more ingredients that I listed, but some of them weren’t cookable when he started cooking, so I eliminated them and the list ended up being small.

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.

*****

Here are outcomes of his cooking. He plated both in one plate.

Appetizer: Tuna Tataki Soba Salad with Sweet Pea Shoots

 

It was kind of sad to see the fact that he actually cooked expensive fatty tuna. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well, the taste was good, but I wanted to eat as raw. ๐Ÿ˜› On the other hand, the Soba noodles were cooked nicely with Dashi, although he hadn’t done before. I ate more after I cleaned the plate. Adding pear and pea shoots was helpful to taste together.

Main dish: Beef and Eggplant Croquette with Long Beans and Asparagus

 

As he found out that one of suppose-to-be-ingredients wasn’t cookable just before he prepared, he had to change the plan. He used Panko (Japanese breadcrumb) to make croquette.

Diced eggplant was in the croquette, but I didn’t taste them at all. I probably ate long beans first time. It was OK. I don’t think it tasted good with the croquette. And, I wish he had more sauce to eat croquette.

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Verdict: I didn’t enjoy the main much, but it’s kind of my fault that I didn’t check all ingredients were ready. So, fifty-fifty?

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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

It’s been a while since the last challenge. This is the 7th one. I asked him to use ingredients we had in the house and also to buy some ingredients.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

  • Eggplant, and
  • Oranges

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Beef, and
  • Celery, and
  • Tomatoes or Red Grapes

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.

*****

Here are outcomes of his cooking. He plated both in one plate.

Appetizer: Eggplant marinated in home-made Orange Ponzu sauce

Main dish: Hamburger on toasted Ciabatta with Apple, Celery and Grape Remulade

 

Generally speaking, I like marinated eggplant. Maybe, the ingredients for appetizer were too easy for him to make something. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hamburger might be a bit dry? But the remulade sauce was too good.

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Verdict: Where is the one for lunch? No? So sad… ๐Ÿ˜›

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Collin and I sometimes watch the TV show called Chopped. And one day, I asked him what if I choose ingredients in a mystery box and you cook. He said “yeah!” Well, there is no one chopped, though.

This is the 6th challenge. I bought these ingredients.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

  • Pork loin, and
  • Green Beans

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Stewing lamb, and
  • Lentil, and
  • Spinach

Both need to be cooked within one hour. He can use whatever in cupboard or fridge.

*****

Here are outcomes of his cooking.

Appetizer: Pork, Pistachios and honey Green Beans

I liked the caramelized pork and crunchy green beans. I wanted to have more, but there weren’t any left. ๐Ÿ˜€

Main dish: Lamb, Lentil and Spinach Stew

He used a pressure cooker to make it in time. I imagined lentil were blended, but he left as is for the texture.

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Verdict: Taste was so good. Is this because I was sick?! ๐Ÿ˜› I will give him kisses and hugs, once my sickness is gone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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