Finally, the Paper Chef Winner Is Announced!

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This morning I got a mail from Owen who told me that the Paper Chef roundup was up on Tomatilla and it was time to do my duty as last round’s Paper Chef winner and do some serious judging. It is partly my fault that this has been delayed so much because I told Owen that I was going to Sweden and then I didn’t tell him that I had come back and as he is such a nice guy and had deduced from what I had written here that my father had died, he didn’t want to put any pressure on me. So, please excuse me all Paper Chef participants for prolonging your waiting! I’m trying to make up for it by posting the results today and let’s not forget that it is Paper Chef weekend in a couple of days or am I wrong in assuming that Owen?
The 4 ingredients were giblets, eggs, fermented black soy beans and something that reminded you of Africa. Not an easy challenge and many of the usual participants obviously backed out as only four food bloggers rose to the challenge but then they created really interesting dishes instead. One would think that it would be easier to judge when there are only four dishes but it is just as difficult. (And then I am such a sucker for losers, I just hate that not everyone can win. I’m actually so silly that I feel bad watching sport events because of all the people who not winning but strangely enough I don’t mind loosing myself and I don’t understand why I can’t realize that a lot of people feel the same way as I do! That’s plain stupid of me I think.) So I have been reading all the entries carefully, tasting all the dishes virtually and decided on a winner.
All the entries made me want to be invited to dinner by the respective food bloggers and I think that there are only shades of degrees that separate them from being the winner, check out these entries and you will understand what I mean. There is the vegan alternative made by Susan from Fatfree Vegan,Shiitake, Sweet Potato and Zucchini Foo Yung, a mouthwatering dish accompanied by wonderful photos, then we have the Egg Rolls made by Emma of the Laughing Gastronome that enticed me and made me hungry, Ah-Freekeh, the interesting hot chicken liver with frekeh (I love the idea of spicing up the chicken liver!) from PhooD and the entry for this month’s winner of the Paper Chef: Carolyn of 18thC Cuisine who based her Gizzard Salad – Hot or Cold on a recipe from 1702, proving that past times are still with us and kicking wildly in this case! I found her entry not only appetizing but also both creative and (obviously) traditional, something I appreciate in cooking as it gives a further dimension to a meal, it is not only shared with those sitting with us around the table but also with past generations! Congratulations to all of you and especially to Carolyn! And thanks to Owen for organizing Paper Chef, a great event, and don’t forget to participate next time!

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