The 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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.