Paper Chef 2005 Entries

In no particular order, here are this month’s entries for the Paper Chef. We ended up with 11 entries from all over the world. As was predicted, many of the entries were desserts, but by no means all and in fact some of the non-dessert entries were amazingly creative. Lots of nice photographs, lots of great descriptions and an amazing amount of thought and care went into these entries.

As usual, I also did an entry, but I will save it for a separate post so as not to detract from the official entries…

Melissa, of the Panama Gourmet gave us an amazing recipe for orange and cinnamon ice cream with cashew nut cookies and a passion fruit coulis. Amazingly, Melissa forgot about the date and put this wonderful tropical menu together in an amazingly short single day.

Alice over at teatime put together a highly inventive pair of recipes – Tequila-Orange Chicken with Ancho Chile Sauce AND Orange-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls – both while her partner was apparently rolling around on the floor laughing and swearing that she had made up the whole Paper Chef event AND my blog Tomatilla! just so she had an excuse to make cinnamon rolls!

Sam over at Becks’n’Posh put together a delightfully English snack/small meal with each element carrying a balance of the required ingredients so that all the pieces could come together in a harmonious whole: Potted Wensleydale Cheese with Mulled Port Wine Jelly and Home-baked Digestive biscuits. (I for one will be making the biscuits soon).

Debra at Culiblog (I think in the Netherlands) made us some delightful looking Pots de Crumble invoking a little meditation, after a false start involving stale cornbread and an intention not to follow the rules.

Meanwhile, Barbara at winosandfoodies made us some tricky-looking pinwheel scones that appear to be light enough to float in the air in her clever picture.

Moira at Who Wants Seconds also ended up with one failure and a belated dramatic success after what sounds like an epic struggle with her initial recipe and with her competitive nature! Her picture of Mexican Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream & Hot Chocolate is making my daughter drool as I type this…

Daffy, one of our Paper Chef regulars, as usual in a tearing hurry, dashed off an exotic soup: Spiced Roasted Pepper Soup. Why was she in such a hurry? To go to Paris for the weekend. So are we sympathetic? No – just jealous.

Dagmar at Cat in the Kitchen made the most exotic dish and was first in with her entry as well. She is justifiably proud of her Hot Fish Curry and Naan Bread and intends to make it again later this week.

Viv, over at Seattle Bon Vivant was our debut winner back in December and has entered every time, just like Daffy. This time around she makes us the very French Crepes a la Cannele et a la Fleur d’Oranger.

Lyn of Lex Culinaria also did a dessert and managed another great central American inspired dish with her Warm baby shortcakes with spicy caramelized blood oranges and cinnamon vanilla cream.

Finally, Brenda of the Culinary Fool entered another twist on the cinnamon roll with her Orange-Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls, all lovingly displayed against the background of a gorgeous snow scene.

I am absolutely certain to have missed somebody. Email me right away at owenl1998 at yahoo dot com and I will fix the mistake.

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