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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.

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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.

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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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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 5th challenge. I bought these ingredients. He bought some accompaniments.

Ingredients for Appetizer:

  • Smoked Salmon, and
  • Fennel, and
  • Ciabatta

Ingredients for Main dish:

  • Ground Pork and Beef, and
  • Broccolini, and
  • Clamato Juice (A small can that sits for long time)

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

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Here are outcomes of his cooking.

Appetizer: Open faced ciabatta with onion fennel relish, smoked salmon lox, goat cheese and lemon

Fennel was cooked slowly for long time with onions so that it was soft and sweet. I think dripping some lemon juice on smoked salmon would make taste better.

Main dish: Rotini with Clamato tomato sauce, organic broccolini, fontina cheese and meatballs

Tomato sauce was just right with slight spiciness, it added to a pan for meatballs a little by little so that meatballs were tasty. Cheese on top wasn’t covered (or melted) well. I didn’t taste Clamato, but was the spiciness coming from the juice?

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Verdict: He survived! I will give him a harder challenge next time. ๐Ÿ˜› Oh, what is he going to do with the full of tomato sauce in the pot?!

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