Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Weekend Cookbook Challenge # 12 - Round-up

It was very kind of Sara at i like to cook to allow me to host a Weekend Cookbook Challenge. It was fun to receive everyone's submissions, mostly on account of the fact that we food bloggers are from all over the world and with varying tastes...it had completely slipped my mind that some of the entries would come from the Southern Hemisphere, but the skilled bloggers got around that by coming up versatile stews. This gets to the heart of what a stew dish is all about - it is comforting, nourishing, and economical in that it can use what one has on hand. I hope that the theme was enjoyed by all. Now to the fun stuff...

Sara of the delicious i like to cook presents us with two gorgeous entries. The first of which is this Chinese Style Stew, which uses both sherry and tamari. The recipe is adapted from Company's Coming: Stews, Chilies, and Chowders.

Sara's second mouth-watering stew, and continuing her own global theme, is a Moroccan Stew, which is served with a mildly sweet and spicy cinnamon couscous. The recipe also comes from Company's Coming: Stews, Chilies, and Chowders.

Making the most of local ingredients, Maikopunk at It's A Good Thing I'm Book Smart made a gorgeous-looking Chulitna Moosemeat Stew. I'm very curious to know how it tastes. The recipe comes from the Best of the Best from Alaska Cookbook.

If there is anyone that has got the art of stew making under his or her belt, it is Ruth of Once Upon A Feast. This time she has submitted a dish of her own design, an Easy Oven Stew from her cookery book, Every Kitchen Tells Its Stories: Recipes to Warm the Heart.

Rachel at Rachel's Bite has come up with a Crosscut Stump Stew, which serves "one lumberjack or six people". The recipe is taken from comedienne Amy Sedaris' I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.

Ani at Foodie Chickie delights us with a Donna Hay recipe, Red Thai Beef Curry. The recipe is taken from one of Ms. Hay's most popular cookery books, Donna Hay Classics 1.

From Portland, Oregon, Michelle of Je Mange La Ville submits a gorgeous looking Moroccan Style Chickpea Stew. Her recipe is taken from Robin Robertson's Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker.

After overcoming some functional issues with her crock pot, Breadchick at The Sour Dough sent in a chicken stew that is made with lima beans and egg noodles, Brunswick Stew. The recipe is taken from Mable Hoffman's Crockery Cookery, Revised Edition.

Fellow antipodean, Anh, of Food Lover's Journey provides us living in the Northern Hemisphere with a balmy hit of South East Asia with her stew for all seasons, Vietnamese Fish Braised in Caramel Sauce.

Pavani of Cook's Hideout presents a glorious vegetarian number, Ratatouille. For this much loved stew, Pavani uses a recipe from Best Ever Vegetarian Cookbook, which is edited by Nicola Graimes.

From the South of France, Jennifer at Chez Loulou gives us her Chicken and Dumpling Stew. Unfortunately, Jennifer and her guests ate the stew before Jennifer could take a photo of it (don't worry, I've done that too, Jennifer!), so we are left to imagine the result using the photo of her ingredients as a reference point. The recipe is from Emeril Lagasse's Louisiana Real and Rustic.

Simone at Time To Cook sends us her gorgeous stew, a take on Nigel Slater's Chicken and Stew Mash. The recipe comes from Mr. Slater's wonderful The Kitchen Diaries.

Also using a British cookery book as a guide, Angie over at Asininity, Frivolity, Inanity demonstrates her stewing prowess with Spicy Bean Stew with Sausages. The recipe comes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's The River Cottage Family Cookbook.

Ulrike of Küchenlatein has made a stew using lentils, one of my parents' favourite stew ingredients, in her Sweet N Sour Lentil Soup.

Also taking the soup route is Meeta over at What's For Lunch, Honey?. She sends us a colourful Coconut & Mango Soup.

My good friend Freya of the well-written and inspirational Writing At the Kitchen Table delights us with her entry, Lamb Shanks with Pearl Barley and Rioja, a restorative stew if ever there was one. Freya serves this with a vintage species of potato which is actually blue.

Adding to the heartiness of Freya's stew is my Gulyas. The recipe is from Silvena Rowe's Feasts: Food for Sharing from Central and Eastern Europe.

Chris of Experimentation of Taste submits a very hearty-looking Creamy Clam Chowder. The recipe comes from November 2003's edition of Everyday Food.

Lis of La Mia Cucina made good use of the internet to source her dish: allrecipes.com. She submits a tasty looking Kielbasa Stew.

The theme for Weekend Cookbook Challenge # 13 is to cook anything from your latest acquisition. The deadline is 5 February, 2007. Please send all entries to Sara at iliketocook [at] shaw [dot] ca.

I've already started flipping though my latest cookery book purchase, Jerry Traunfeld's The Herbal Kitchen, and am most excited. Thanks for participating in Weekend Cookbook Challenge # 12, especially while it took place over the holiday period.

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This is an awesome roundup! Like a cookbook of soups and stews. Just lovely and thank you for hosting!
All those stews look delicious. Thanks for putting this all together. I'll be visiting with my little grandson (oh...and his parents, of course) so lots of nutritious easy to fix meals is perfect.

I think I'll start with the Moroccan Chickpea Stew.

And Shaun, thanks for mentioning my book.
Hi Shaun! All the food looks fantastic - proof winter food is just as inspiring as summer food, if not more so! I look forward to trying out some more of the recipes in the forthcoming weeks!
Thanks for the round-up Shaun - a job excellently done!
Love, Freya
Thank you for the great round up. I used a cookbook from my grandmother. If you want to know how it looks, see this dish and scroll down. It's from 1927. And so much ideas for this event
Shaun, you're the best! Thanks so much for WCC12.
Excellent job with the round-up, Shaun!

Everyone's submissions look soooo warm and cozy and comforting! Oh and did I mention yummy? =)

Great job everyone!
I love the Herbal Kitchen cookbook. Definitely try the herbed skillet breads--they are amazing!
Great Roundup Shaun! Now that is if finally cold here in Boston I'm already planning on trying a few of these the next few days. As always, I'm amazed at my fellow WCC abilities and the loveliness of all the food!
Meeta - Thank you for the kind comment. Yes, the entries are all quite different but tasty. Thanks for participating.

Ruth - Yes, stews are easy to fix, allowing more time for you to connect with the gorgeous new addition to your family. I'm interested in the Moroccan Chickpea Stew, too.

Freya - Thanks for the lamb shank stew. Eric is looking forward to me making it upon our return from Paris. I'm really glad that you participated and hope that we'll see you at the WCC again.

Ulrike - It is fabulous that you used a really old recipe. It just goes to show how little need there is to change our best-loved and traditional recipes. Though it is fun to experiment and update, something is lost in the memory and connection to a dish if it is fiddled with too much. Thanks for being involved with the WCC.

Sara - Thank you for trusting me with your baby. The WCC is a great blog event, and I hope more people get involved.

Lis - Indeed the entries look yummy. I was excited as each one was sent in...great Winter fare. Thank you for participating.

Erin - We didn't see an entry from you :( I hope you can participate in the next WCC. I am enjoying reading Jerry Traunfeld's "The Herbal Kitchen" and have earmarked the skillet breads.

Breadchick - So jealous that you're in Boston. If Eric and I settle in the U.S., we have decided to head to Boston, which has been our favorite U.S. holiday spot in the 5 years that I have lived here. Stay warm, and thank you for participating.

It looks like you got some really incredible entries. I think you did a fantastic job of hosting!
Ivonne - So sad that you didn't join in, but I am glad that you stopped by to see what everyone did.
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