February 28, 2017

Cooking Challenge February Results #RecipeShowdown

Category: Challenges

 The results for February Recipe Showdown cooking challenge are in. 

Recipe Showdown - All that's Jas
Credit: All That’s Jas #RecipeShowdown

If you’ve been following me on my blog, Pinterest and/or Twitter, you’d have seen my frenzied attempts to call for submissions of recipes for #RecipeShowdown.

This was all thanks to Jas, over at All That’s Jas who has kindly proclaimed yours truly as the winner for February. She also sent me a nice little gift in the form of a cheese board too! Oh , bless her big heart! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheese Board from the other side of the world!

As the winner, one gets to be the host and picked an ingredient of choice. The ingredient I decided on was SAGE. Hence, for this month (and this month only) I have been trying (not really full-on darnest unfortunately) to get as many participation as possible. 

We closed the month with 6 recipes contributed by 4 bloggers. Not as many as I would like it to be, but I’ll take whatever number I can get.

As it was, all 6 of them were pretty darn savage and  already, I had a hard time choosing a winner! This was a tough call. 

Anywhooooo, before I declare the winner, let’s do a quick round-up of the submissions:

1. Lemon Sage Short Bread Cookies by All That’s Jas
lemon sage shortbread cookies-All that's Jas
Credit: All That’s Jas #RecipeShowdown

Lemon and sage in the form of cookies?! Count.Me.In. I love the unique combo and if for the fact that the former host cannot be hosting for another 2 years of #RecipeShowdown, I think I would have picked this recipe as the winning one.

Why 2 years? Don’t ask me why – perhaps 10 years of bad luck or something like that.

The cookies are slightly sweet, buttery, and herby with a great texture. I don’t think it’s a strange combo at all as I thought it was pretty creative. Plus she got it all embossed with “Home Made”.

This is apparently not the strangest cookie Jas has ever made; she’s made peanut butter and bacon cookies (What?! Ewwww) before. The recipe is somewhere in her blog if you are curious to get a peep.  

2. Vegan Shephard Pie by Cook And Enjoy
1.EsmeSlabbert Vegan Spherd
Credit: Cook and Enjoy #RecipeShowdown

If you are looking for something vegan, then this Shephard Pie from Cook and Enjoy is for you! It’s only mock beef in there, with a boat load of mushrooms as well as other combo of vegetables.

I’d imagine using celery topped with sage as the recipes says it makes all the difference in taste of this dish. It looks like such a filling dish too! 

3. Seafood Paella by Cook and Enjoy
Credit: Cook and Enjoy  #RecipeShowdown

Oh for the love of food and another submission from Cook and Enjoy! I love, love, love seafood and the combo of scallops, prawns and crayfish makes this paella a dish to crave for. The fusion of herbs used in this dish makes it very interesting.

The irony is that I can smell that aroma of crayfish as it’s being bar-bied…a little smoky, a little charred and oh-so-heavenly. 

4. Venison Breakfast Sausage by Binky’s Culinary Carnival
Credit: Binky Culinary Carnival #RecipeShowdown

You know…I’ve thought of kebabs and stuff but I never thought of making my own sausages. Ever. 

This recipe from Binky’s Culinary Carnival has opened up my eyes to the possibility of making my own sausages one of these days and I do like the fact that Binky only used sage in her recipe. And, get this:  all she did was simply RUBBED the sage all over the meat!

That’s it. Well, you still do have to cook the meat of course. 

5. Truthahn Schnitzel by Binky Culinary Carnival
Credit: Binky Culinary Carnival #RecipeShowdown

For the life of me, I cannot pronounce the title of this Schnitzel dish. But I really do like that sage was being used in combination with orange, honey and sherry! 

Betcha this would taste amazing! Orange and sage?  Sign.me.up. What a creative recipe from Binky’s Culinary Carnival!

6. Roasted Beet Pesto and Greens Pasta Toss by One Hungry Bunny
beetpesto onehungrybunny
Credit: Hungry Bunny #RecipeShowdown


Just that line from One Hungry Bunny‘s blog got me hook, line and sinker. Throw some sage into the beet pesto, voila! you’ve got yourself a wonderful meal. With my daughter’s obsession with pink, I think this one would definitely bode well with my 6 year old daughter! 

So…here goes. The host(s) for March’s challenge is are *drumroll*:

  1. One Hungry Bunny for her Beet Pesto 
  2.  Binky Culinary Challenge for her unpronounceable Truthahn Schnitzel

Please join me in the heartiest congratulations for their top-notch use of Sage in combination with a rather unusual pairing of other ingredients. They’ll be your new hosts for March as I;ll be passing on the baton to them. 

Just so you are aware, Jas is keeping track of new hosts and ingredients here where you can also find instructions on how to play. Canโ€™t wait to see your ingredients and to play along! If you would like to participate too, follow One Hungry Bunny and Binky Culinary Challenge to find out what they’d be picking for March’s ingredient.

In case you missed it, my contribution to the game in the form of Sage-Infused Feta & Potato Gratin was posted last week: 

Sage-Infused Feta and Potato Gratin

The insides are all packed up yet crumbly soft at the same time. The Feta Cheese oozes out of the ridges and the infused sage in Olio con Pepperoncino gives it a wilful personality. A very hearty dish that’s good as a side-dish or even breakfast!


So there. Thank you for indulging me by sharing my post and for playing along. Best of all, it has been wonderful to get to meet other bloggers who share the passion for cooking.

Happy cooking!

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  1. Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate and then sharing me recipes. Sharing is Caring, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Just love these challenges. Take care and happy cooking and baking.

    • Thank you so much for your participation, too Recipe Hunter! I hope to participate in yours too as well and do join in the other hosts’ challenge when you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for hosting! You rock! The reason the hostess can’t be selected winner for two years is simple: Since this is once a month game, there will be only 24 games before you could win again. We’re trying to give everyone a fair chance of winning and minimize the possibility of friends nominating each other over and over again. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope that makes sense. Now I have a whole month to try those amazing recipes that were submitted. YUM!

    • Makes perfect sense! My only problem is trying to find time to join all the challenges there are this time round! x.

  3. Thanks for your email. Remember the dealine for the Marc h Exchange – 10 March = If you wish to submit, please go to: https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/march-2017-share-and-inspire-others/
    Hope to find a recipe via email before midnight 10 March


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