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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Round Up: Platinum Chef Challenge 8!

I must apologize for the delay in getting the round-up together. I have no real excuse other than I forgot!

This round of the Platinum Chef Challenge had us creating dishes tofu, eggplant, olives, plums and oats. (You can see mine here.) We had three great entries, and as host of this round I get to select the next host.

First up, we have Cara of Cara's Cravings. I think of Cara as incredibly creative and talented in the kitchen, so I was excited to see that tofu was a new ingredient in her own cooking. Taking inspiration from a favorite seafood dish, she created a mouthwatering Pan-roasted Tofu with Capers, Tomatoes and Olives. The flavor combination here sounds amazing!
For the remaining ingredients, Cara devised what seems to be one of her favorite healthy-meal tricks - turning vegetables into fries! Her Eggplant Fries with Sweet and Spicy Plum Sauce look just like huge steak fries, and the sauce sounds wonderful.

Next we have Catherine of Fresh From Cate's Kitchen. This was her first time participating in Platinum Chef and we are so glad to have her! Cate created a wonderful looking Herbed Eggplant Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing. I've never ventured farther than vinaigrettes when it comes to homemade salad dressing, so her use of tofu to create a healthy version of a creamy dressing is genius to me! This looks so good, I'm ready to dig right in!
For her second recipe, Cate went straight to my heart - I love all things frozen! And let's be honest, a little alcohol makes it that much more enticing! Her Plum and Port Sorbet in Oatmeal-Almond Buttercrunch Cups are SO cute! That sorbet recipe is so simple and looks so good - I can't wait to try it! The cups sound like a very versatile base for adorable little desserts.
The third entry comes from Lisa of Lime in the Coconut. Lisa is another first time participant! I am so excited to see new bloggers joining in. My typical PCC experience is much like Lisa described... as soon as the ingredients are posted, they are ALL I can think about until I settle on my recipes. Lisa also drew inspiration from seafood, using tofu in place of scallops for her Vegetarian Surf & Turf: Grilled Eggplant Steaks served with Panko-Encrusted Tofu "Scallops", Kalamata olive tapenade and a grilled tomato coulis. I love that she grilled the tomatoes and eggplant - making it a great summertime meal. Her presentation is stunning and the flavor combination sounds incredible. (and really, I love panko-crusted-just-about-anything!)
For her second recipe, Lisa chose a Rustic Plum Tart with Ricotta Cheese and Crumb Topping. I love the additions of the ricotta and topping to a traditional simple fruit galette. It really looks like it gives the tart some substance, and what could be better than a cream cheese pie crust! This was a VERY tough decision, but I have chosen Lisa of Lime in the Coconut as the winner of Round 8! I just can't stop staring at that surf and turf - it looks amazing! Congratulations Lisa! Look for the next round appearing in her blog soon.


Lisa said...

All entries look SO great so I'm extremely honored to be chosen! I'm sure it was a hard decision to make. Sounds like you had fun with it though :) Thanks!!!

Kelsey said...

This looks like so much fun. I think I might be ready to branch out and join in! When's the next round?

TPOX said...

Kelsey - Look for the next round at Lime in the Coconut - it's up to Lisa!