The voting is in; the people have made their wishes known.
FoodBuzz’s Project Food Blog Challenge #1 is over.
And I didn’t make the cut.
Which comes as no surprise.
I didn’t spend the last 3 days tweeting or blogging for votes. (Not my style.)
I realized, when I wrote my post, that it was likely not to win.
I’d written another earlier, nice one, talking about my love of cooking; how I carefully crafted each recipe and perfected each photo. (Not my style, either.)
Then I went back and read the instructions and they said something about ‘using your own voice’.
I reread my post.
Not a voice I recognized.
My voice tends to be opinionated, sarcastic and, occasionally, snarky….
My voice is likely not the voice of the next Food Blog Star.
So I redid the post.
The new post was more like me….
But I was pretty sure it wouldn’t win any prizes.
I was happy with that.
I signed up early on to compete. I think it’s a wonderful contest and some lucky blogger will get a wonderful prize and a fantastic opportunity.
Once the challenges were outlined, with dates, I realized I wouldn’t be able to finish, even if I managed to advance through every level. There were 2 challenges that, either do to travel commitments or technology, I wouldn’t be able to participate in.
So it would hardly be fair for me to take a spot that could be used by someone else.
I just wanted to help promote the fun!
But, as I am a good scout, and always prepared (sic) I made this wonderful, classic Moroccan dish last week…. Just in case I managed to advance despite my efforts.
I mean, after all….. It’s about the food!
I mentioned, a few weeks ago, that the fairy godparents at Amazon delivered two wonderful new cookbooks to my door.
Let me digress a moment: These were not free. I have never, ever received anything free to talk about in my blog. I have been offered free stuff: books, food, whatever; but, as soon as it’s discovered that I live in France….. Well, even the people who promise to send it, never do. So let me assure you… Anything I promote I have paid for and am not being paid for.
Back to the book:
This is easily the best cook book I have seen in a long, long time. The photos are wonderful, the information great and the recipes…..
Ahhh, the recipes…..
I haven’t found a single one that I don’t want to jump up and make immediately.
I even bought myself a wee present – a tagine.
This is my first ever foray into Moroccan cuisine….
It’s a classic Moroccan dish, popular for feasts, festivals and holidays….
And it doesn’t use a tagine…
Based on the recipe from ‘the food or morocco, a journey for food lover’s’. (Slightly modified)
The recipe, Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives , has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Chicken with Preserved Lemon.
This was good.
Really, really good.
The chicken was falling of the bones, incredibly moist and the sauce was wonderful. I thought the cinnamon might be a bit overpowering, but it wasn’t at all.
And the kitchen smelled heavenly.
Do try this…..
And the best of luck to all the FoodBuzz bloggers who advanced to Challenge #2.