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The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« on: March 01, 2021, 05:11:28 pm »
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The Monthly Cooking Challenge

Welcome to The Monthly Cooking Challenge! Starting on the first of each month will be a cooking or baking challenge for anyone to participate in. There will be two types of challenges, one that is ingredient based and the other is dish based. On the first of each month, an ingredient or dish will be posted, and your task is to either make a meal that has the ingredient, or make the dish.

The item you make can be either your own making or from following a recipe. Feel free to post a recipe with your picture. To participate, all you have to do is make a meal following the challenge for the month, and post it here. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, it can be from as simple as a daily snack you might have or an elaborate meal. What you make can be anything you want, as long as it fits the month's criteria. It can be sweet or savory, the challenge is what you make of it. Good Luck! 


March Challenge

To start off the challenge, this month is going to be all about:

Almonds!

This is such an amazing ingredient that comes in many forums and can be used in many ways. It can be used as the nut itself, milk, flour, meal, crunched up, as a yogurt, you name it. This is such a versatile ingredient that can be used from deserts to savory meals, I can't wait to see what everyone creates! Good luck everyone!

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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2021, 12:31:22 pm »
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Man, I haven't cooked/baked anything for fun in wayyyyy too long. Thank you for the inspiration! I've never used almonds before but have so many ideas now, thank you!!
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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2021, 02:04:06 pm »
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Yes! Almonds are great and an excuse to buy some is all good with me.

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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2021, 08:30:56 am »
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Thank you I haven't baked in ages so this was a really good motivation!  ;D

It's an almond & ricotta cake! I've never made a cake with ricotta before, it's really nice it makes it moist and creamy, but doesn't taste as rich as cheesecake. The almonds make it really fun to eat because of the small crunchy parts embedded!

I looked up almond recipes on Pinterest and this was like the 2nd thing that came up (it's rare for me to make a decision so fast), the photo of the recipe looked very tasty. Here's the https://thisdelicioushouse.com/almond-ricotta-cake-italian-dessert/ . I improvised and added some milk at the end because the mixture felt too thick to me, so idk if that was necessary or if I should have just trusted the recipe haha. The cake was a bit more dense than I expected but that might have been because I kept getting sidetracked and going and doing other stuff while cooking so maybe all the air left the beaten wet ingredients while I was eating dinner, I don't think the denseness is bad though because the creamy ricotta-ness makes it a bit like a slice. I also halved the sugar because I'm not too keen on uber sweet desserts.




I like how flaked almonds look as decorations!

Looking forward to seeing what other people make!! 🤩
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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2021, 11:49:30 am »
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I improvised and added some milk at the end because the mixture felt too thick to me, so idk if that was necessary or if I should have just trusted the recipe haha. The cake was a bit more dense than I expected but that might have been because I kept getting sidetracked and going and doing other stuff while cooking so maybe all the air left the beaten wet ingredients while I was eating dinner, I don't think the denseness is bad though because the creamy ricotta-ness makes it a bit like a slice.

Generally once you add liquid (if using baking powder) or acidity (if using baking soda) you want to get it in the oven fairly fast for it to rise properly.

I always modify recipes as I feel rather than strictly following the recipe and that works well for me :)

Made a pear slice today for housemates + I'll bring some into the honours office but I forgot to buy almonds so it was off prompt :(
Maybe I can pick up some silvered ones and place those on top.

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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2021, 04:13:13 pm »
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Hi! I made a thing!

Vegan almond slice, anyone? I made it today and it's pretty good! My first attempt at a proper vegan dessert. It's made with almond meal and wholemeal flour, coconut oil, caster sugar, maple syrup and chopped almonds I fished out of the unsalted mixed nuts bag. Here's some photos of it :))

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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2021, 09:55:26 pm »
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Being the late person I am, I ended up making macrons for this months challenge! They were pink macrons with chocolate ganache in the centre. I want to make raspberry next!



Thank you to everyone that has participated this month! It's been amazing to watch all the creations come to life and see just how versatile almonds are!

What will next months ingredient be.....  ;)
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Re: The Monthly Cooking Challenge
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 12:46:58 pm »
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April Challenge

Since this month has Easter going on, what a better time to use up all that chocolate! This month's ingredient is:

Chocolate!

You can use any type of chocolate, from milk, white, dark or even ruby if you're feeling fancy. It can be incorporated in any way, from easter eggs, to choc chips, baking bars, any type you can think of. Bonus points if you can use up easter eggs!

Thank you to all the amazing almond entries from last month, I can't wait to see what everyone makes in April, good luck!

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