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Wednesday 20th May 2009

Paper Chef #40 - Roundup & A Winner of Creativity

As host for Paper Chef #40 it was my privilege (…um read nightmare!) to pick one winner from all the delightful dishes that you see below.
To say this task was excruciating is an understatement, as I’m a total starchy carbohydrate fiend, the floury potatoes ingredient did me in. In all honesty I would love to devour each and every one of these dishes!

Although Magnus has already created a roundup on the Paper Chef blog, I could not help but share them with you again with some of my own personal notes and thoughts on each entry.
The fairies; generous loving creatures that they are, have given an award to each entry.

Please read and follow each entry to find who I’ve chosen as the most creative therefore deemed deserving of the Paper Chef crown and overall winner for this round.

Tanna made moist and flavourful Marinated Portobello Mushroom stacked with Steamed potatoes, Caramelised Onions and Sautéed Prosciutto. I don’t know what could be more comforting on a cold snowy night.Tanna

Tanna wins the fairies Comfort Award

Katie entered this tasty hot salad of Potatoes with Prosciutto, Olives, Green Garlic and Thyme, my mouth is watering revisiting her entry of crispy golden and crunchy potatoes with prosciutto and I simply love the addition of black olives. Katie

Katie wins the fairies Crispy Texture Award

Murasaki made a very pretty dish of Heart Shaped Floury Potato Croquettes coated in Sesame Seeds & Thyme then served on a bed of Crispy Jamon Serrano so pretty it sure melted this mum’s heart. Murasaki

Murasaki wins the fairies Love & Prettiness Award

Mikey entered a colourful Gnocchi dish with rosemary and thyme herb butter, truffle and rosemary flowers. I can only imagine how absolutely splendid the aromas wafting through his kitchen would have been. Mikey

Mikey wins the fairies Award for Fragrance

Allison presented another Gnocchi dish, cleverly sautéed in a thyme herb butter and paired with fava (broad) beans, prosciutto and a walnut pesto. Many of her ingredients came from supporting her local farmers market and that certainly gets my vote and I also admired her creativity with the extra interesting flavours she chose and added to the original 3 drawn from the bucket. Alison

Allison wins the fairies Creativity Award and is Overall Winner! Congratulations Allison!

Ilva our amiable Queen of the Paper Chef event, created this blissfully Warm Salad of Roasted Potatoes and Mushrooms, Runner Beans, Prosciutto and Thyme there is such a rainbow of colour and goodness in this delightful dish. Ilva

Ilva wins the fairies Rainbow Award

Amanda went all out not only creating one dish from the list of ingredients but three different dishes! We were highly impressed with each of them and would be sure to be exceptionally happy and content with Potato and Prosciutto Galette, Mashed potatoes with Thyme butter and Prosciutto and Pommes Dauphines in our bellies. Amanda

Amanda wins the fairies Award for Happiness and Content

Sneh entered these what I firmly believe to be highly moresh Potato Prosciutto And Matzo Balls. As you will know, or can probably guess, fairies just adore little bites of yumminess to eat. Sneh

Sneh wins the Fairies Choice Award

Kristina made brunch in the form of this elegant Frittata with Prosciutto, Potatoes & Thyme which looks completely luscious and decadent, simply perfect for a Mother’s Day breakfast. Kristina

Kristina wins the fairies Style Award

Jenny entered Thyme Scented Prosciutto-Potato Swirls with Chèvre I don’t know anyone who couldn’t resist these terrific little mounds of fluffy starchy goodness with goats cheese and then wrapped in tasty thin pork strips. Mmm! Jenny

Jenny wins the fairies Mmm…Now That’s Terrifically Tasty Award

Two Minute Noodle Cook deconstructed Vichyssoise, a French styled Potato and Leek Cream soup with Prosciutto Chopsticks of which we believe would be an excellent addition to any fine dining establishment’s menu. Two Noodle

Two Minute Noodle Cook wins the fairies Award of Excellence

Thank you to all who entered, just quietly I think I may need a month to recover from this potato feast, for it sure was no famine. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with in the coming Paper Chef challenges.

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  1. Oh i couldn’t be happier-I won the RAINBOW award! Never won one in my whole life, thank you Fairies! And Bron, great choice among so many incredible entries! Thanks so much for judging so well!

    ilva — Wednesday 20th May 2009 8:11 pm

  2. All these entries look very good :) I think I’ll have to try my hand at this Paper Chef thing :)

    This comment is also testing the commenting, as per request on Twitter.

    Nic — Wednesday 20th May 2009 8:23 pm

  3. testing……testing…….hope it’s all OK now. What a fab roundup….all looks delicious. Hugs xxx

    Colleen — Wednesday 20th May 2009 9:20 pm

  4. Thank you Bron and thank you kind fairies! You are all so sweet :-) It was so much fun being part of Paperchef for the first time! Can’t wait to sign up for the next one and see what Allison has up her sleeve :-)

    Sneh | Gel's Kitchen — Wednesday 20th May 2009 9:26 pm

  5. Thanks so much Bron! I couldn’t be happier about winning this month’s paper chef. I don’t know how I’m going to compete with your adorable fairies.

    Allison Lemons — Thursday 21st May 2009 6:53 am

  6. Awww the Love & Prettiness award. Two words I thought would never be used in relation with me of all people. lol Thank you fairies. ;)

    Murasaki Shikibu — Thursday 21st May 2009 9:57 am

  7. Wow! You guys did an amazing job selecting winner! They all look so good!

    Tartelette — Thursday 21st May 2009 6:09 pm

  8. Thank you, thank you Fairies! What a wonderful finish…

    katie — Thursday 21st May 2009 10:00 pm

  9. We all fell in love the adorable fairies! Thanks for a wonderful challenge. Like magic, frugal potato soup turned into a restaurant dish :)

    2-minute Noodle Cook — Thursday 21st May 2009 11:41 pm

  10. Awesome Bron! Really Awesome!
    This was a wonder!!!

    MyKitchenInHalfCups — Friday 22nd May 2009 2:13 am

  11. Bron - a perfectly timed post as we all freeze with the nasty and very long southerly blast New Zealand is experiencing. I hope you are all cosy and warm down in Canterbury.

    Gosh, any of the winning dishes would be welcomed - a beautiful selection. I’ll just have to work my way through them all!

    Stay snuggly warm, Michelle

    Michelle in Wellington — Friday 22nd May 2009 10:46 pm

  12. Congratulations to all of you. Wonderful.

    Joanne — Saturday 23rd May 2009 10:59 am

  13. I am so impressed with all the entries, what a bunch of creative folks! I love potatoes and now I have all these new ways of serving them. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Laura — Sunday 24th May 2009 3:16 am

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