Our Growing Edge… Edible All-Stars

March 31, 2013

our-growing-edge-bannerThe second month of Our Growing Edge has indeed been very interesting.

The submissions have been super varied and all of them have been very warmly received over here at Chez Holsby.
We’ve seen some baking, pickling, and lots of experimenting, and I am rather fond of some foodsperimenting.

A big thanks to all and I’ll do my best to wrap up the month and do all y’all justice.

We had some fishy affairs that are certainly mentionable.


Bunny Eats Design, who scaled, gutted and decapitated a fish. I don’t know if it was totally necessary to chop its piscine head off but I think Miss G got quite into the spirit of things after removing fishy innards.

61 Things ate a fish eye. Not just swallowed it down, but chewed on that sucker. That was number 32 on his bucket list of achieving 61 Things in 61 Days.
Totally one to keep your eye on is he.

rabbitcancook gave us cocktail sausages masquerading as gold fishes in the cutest darn bento box you ever did see. Check out the amazingly endless array of bento joy that comes from this sweet blog.

In the theme of seafood Two Honest Truths dehydrated some NZ mussels as a snack. I would never have thought of treating mussels like that but THT swear they’re a delicious, nutritious seafood snack. The photos are fab. Mussels never looked so sexy, except maybe Ryan Gosling’s six-pack….lame joke alert.


Now, I’ve mentioned a few times how much a love pig. There’s not much I don’t love about the sweet, pink animal from heaven, so I was super impressed by two submissions that took pork loving to a whole new level.

Gourmandistan made, wait for it…..pig head cheese. They bought an entire half pig to give themselves ‘primal cuts’ of meat, and they turned the head into a terrine. Sadly, the terrine didn’t quite, well, terrine, so they deep fried portions into fried pig head cheese. It sounds wacky, but what a culinary adventure?

Then coriandercumin wowed me with their pig’s ear and trotter pie. Really? Those peasant cuts are supposed to be fantastic for a pie and this actually looks damned tasty.

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Deep-freid Pig Head Cheese…..oink

We have some friends smashing their bucket lists, or at the very least creating them to inspire themselves.
The lovely Aimee at Like Mother Like Daughter has created an awesome 100 long bucket list of foods to cook before she dies. I reckon she could knock it over in a month, and make a movie out of it. No pressure, dear Aimee!

Mabuhay DIY is getting crafty and making raw food bentos for loved ones, as per her bucket list.

The gorgeous Gastronomette hit the Vancouver International Wine Festival so she could cross that one off. She rejoiced in an evening of wine, artisan cheese and chocolate.
She did not spit at the wine tasting. A girl after my own heart.

Gastronomette swilling booze with the cougars

Gastronomette swilling booze with the cougars

There was some pretty impressive bake-off action, with no clear winners. I’d totally devour Smash Cakes’ Gluten Free Sugar Doughnuts, they look as fab as the ones your buy from the carnies at the fair.

smash cakes doughnuts
A cracking croquembouche from Mrs D’s Maunderings found itself renamed as a pile of balls, but those little creme patissiere filled, chocolate drizzled gems looked quite more delectable than the average knacker.

Oh, Look proved she doesn’t mind a little tart with her take on a Key Lime Pie. One of my all -time favourites…..dessert while fending off scurvy. What’s not to love?

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Key Lime Tart

Of course, I must give myself a special mention as I made a cake in my own likeness. A true megalomaniacs delight. The base of my cake was a carrot cake and clearly, that was a theme this month. I’m a huge fan of any baking that hides vegetables as it makes me feel abstemious as I devour by the handful.

Homemade Delish lived up to their name with some delightful Carrot Scones in honour of the Easter Bunny, whilst Milly Meets Toby whipped up a batch of carrot cupcakes for a cake challenge. Not only did she own the challenge with a successful, and pretty, cupcake, she managed to name drop that she is the proud owner of a KitchenAid.
Lucky for her there was no address mentioned as I would consider break and enter for such an appliance.

Do you want a piece of me?

Do you want a piece of me?

Theme Parties of the Month go to Nom Nom Panda, for their cracking Titanic Party. I love a good theme party and there was no detail left out including an iceberg punch, life-ring cookies and the fancy-pants-ly named Faux Gras in lieu of it’s more famous, controversially delicious brother.
No mention was made of anyone going down, so I’m not sure what the outcome was except full bellies and sore heads the next day.

Also Condiments on a City Life threw a manly, masculine afternoon tea complete with moustache candles for her manly, masculine man.


We got a little Asian inspiration from The Bay Arean when they busted out homemade samosa. I love the spicy little parcels with the soft potato insides.

Pocket Full of Sugar whipped up a tasty chicken Pad Thai which they’d been meaning to try for ages. Perfect for this linky love. Anyone who’s ever wondered how to get that Thai restaurant goodness at home needs to have a go at this one!

Too much lettuce in your life? AgriGirl has 7 solutions to use all of your excess lettuce up. Lettuce juice. Lettuce soup. She made them all, ate them all and wrote the post to prove it.
Word on the Wheat had a slightly less than awesome night out on the town at a local Mexicano. They were sorry to report it had slipped a little and the service was surly but it was still worthy of a mention and a trip for a gluten free taco.

A spot of pickling was undertaken by the Gravy House and myself. I’m brining some olives, but it’s a hell of a slow process that requires a large amount of patience.
The Gravy House has pickled their own jalapeños, which I’m fully jealous about. I love those sweet, hot, little chillies on just about anything!

pickled jalapeños

Hellooooo Jalapeños

And that was the month that was!
Pop over to Bunny Eats Design to find out where the link party is at this month and get yourselves into the kitchen, the restaurants or the garden.

Just get into food.

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  • Reply Bunny Eats Design April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Nice round up and thank you for hosting D!

  • Reply Mrs D April 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for liking my balls 🙂

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys April 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      I’d have nibbled fo shizz

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      On 01/04/2013, at 7:47 PM, Keeping Up With The Holsbys

  • Reply Cooker and a Looker April 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

    What a creative bunch! I’m totally in this month!

  • Reply SmashCakes April 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    It all looks and sounds great (minus the fish eye)! Definaley in for next month! Thanks x

  • Reply aimeeberrett April 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for the mention, and look at all these other awesome people! If only my budget for food was a little more I would zip through my list. But hey, maybe if I can get a movie made about it then I’ll be rich 😉

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys April 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Can I come to the premier? I have a great frock and no where to wear it!!
      Good luck with your list.

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