By now you know my fascination for (addiction to?) entering competitions. Not major league ones but the minor leagues, like raffles and such. I’ve never bought a lottery ticket or anything but I like to enter for things that match my interests like cooking or travel. So along came another cooking competition and I suckered myself in.
Taking part in this competition was another one of my domestic goddess escapades. I actually do enjoy cooking and like to entertain. It’s the only kind of stress that I enjoy/thrive off and actually. Stress is the wrong word, it’s some kind of adrenaline cum satisfaction. (Maybe this is what surgeons or doctors feel when they repair people). I settled on a rustic Italian theme. The DH suggested printing a little brochure explaining the food/ the history of the food. This is what I created using a really easy tool called Scribus. I highly recommend this free software which is so easy, I did this in half a day.
The inside of the brochure (the food pictures are all mine)
The competition was to cook 2 main dishes, a side dish or starter and a dessert using the Navy rations and an extra Rs.250. The rations we get cover a wide range of things from oil and salt to vegetables and Boost.
4 lovely ladies, who also judged the best interiors competition for which we bagged third prize, came over for a quick luncheon today. It was real quick and they could only sample small bites as they had to rush off and judge 3 more houses. Kind of weird having 4 strangers at your table, makes me realise what Come Dine With Me is like (sadly BBC Entertainment is going off air in India). After all that planning and cooking, “service” doesn’t go exactly to plan but I think they enjoyed themselves. It was a very relaxed and fun atmosphere. The raved about the food, as they would. They weren’t going to say it was mingin’. We were judged on presentation, taste, nutritional value and how well the rations were utilised. Even if we don’t win a prize (which includes fancy things like microwave ovens), cooking all this food means that I don’t have to cook for the whole weekend. After all that cooking and hostessing, I’m really exhausted so all I can do is show you the pictures of some of the food.
Baked penne with veges, white sauce and a crunchy bread and parmesan topping
Chicken baked with tomatoes and a green chilli/oregano/garlic and coriander sauce
Brownies (the semifreddo melts too fast)
Not sure when we’ll know the results but who cares because now the count down to the holiday has begun… T minus 7 days!