Thursday, April 14, 2011

April DC 2011 Challenge - savory containers plus a round up of some of the best ideas from the other Daring Cooks'

Savoury Containers
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This month's challenge was to make edible savoury containers! And also we had a competition with this challenge!! And for the first time this was to be a dual competition with the Daring Bakers' who would be making edible sweet containers!!!

Prizes will be awarded to most creative edible container and filling. Renata (host for this challenge), Evelyne (host for the DB April challenge), Ivonne and Lis (co-founders of the Daring Kitchen) will choose the top 5 finalists and then I’ll post them to the front page of the Daring Kitchen along with a voting poll. Voting will be open to members and the public from April 17th until May 16th. Winners will be announced on May 17th in the new Daring Cooks’ challenge post.

So I will let our hostess Ranata introduce the challenge to you in her own words.

Introduction: Hello Daring Cooks! I'm Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! I have joined the Daring Kitchen at exactly 1 year ago and I am celebrating this anniversary hosting a challenge, who would've guessed! That's simply amazing! I've had a wonderful time here at the DK and couldn't be happier to be hosting a challenge. This month I will be hosting this DUAL challenge, along with Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eats, who's going to be hosting for the Daring Bakers. We're challenging the Daring Cooks and Bakers to make EDIBLE CONTAINERS. When DB's date comes, Evelyne will reveal a very special and SWEET edible container challenge that she is preparing for you! Meanwhile, the DCs will be making a SAVORY edible container with a content suitable for it. I'm very excited to be your hostess and can't wait to see all the daring creations all of you will come up with.
I have always been amazed at how creative people can get in the kitchen, not only mixing their spices and ingredients, but also creating amazing edible everything, including the containers used to serve the food! I have recently written a FOOD TALK article about edible containers here at The Daring Kitchen and when it was ready to be published I thought to myself “this could make an awesome challenge for Daring Bakers and Cooks!” I was very happy to know that this idea was so welcomed by Lis and Yvonne. So, here we are, challenging your talents, and sharing this fun way of impressing your guests and yourselves. I hope you all enjoy it, and at the end of the challenge we will all have increased our collection of edible container ideas ;o)

Recipe Source: My own recipes (pumpkin and bread soup bowls), Gestão Gastronômica (noodle basket idea), The Noshery, and Elizabeth's Edible Experience (bowls for baked eggs)

Blog-checking lines: Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!

Click here for a PDF of the challenge recipes.

Salade Niçoise in an edible oily tuna stock gel bowl
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For some reason this idea instantly popped into my head when I read the challenge. It looks stunning and it's simple, quick and uses (mostly) pantry ingredients that I had on hand.

I decided that my first edible container would be suitable for a Salade Niçoise, this salad I feel is the best cold salad for a picnic or a BBQ, it is the perfect combination of textures and tastes. It consists of cooked "finger" potatoes, tuna, Niçoise black olives, artichokes, tomatoes, anchovies and hard-boiled eggs all combined with a mustard vinaigrette and surprisingly it works best with tinned oil-packed tuna (don't bother with the modern fresh tuna version they are really inferior in taste), I don't use lettuce in my Salade Niçoise, the recipe is below.

Now to the edible container, I made some oily tuna stock, made from tuna heads and leftovers (these were in my freezer already), bonito flakes, mirepoix, finely chopped fennel, seaweed paste and white wine, this is simmered for 20 minutes. I used agar agar powder as the setting agent (bloom strength 1000, regular gelatin has a bloom strength of 225) I like using agar agar powder in this context since it sets quickly at room temperature and it can be boiled for a long time and can be reheated (melted) again if the mould doesn't work unlike gelatin which looses its strength once it has been heated strongly. I used 1/3 cup of water and 5 teaspoons of agar agar powder then slowly boiled it for 10 minutes until all the powder had been dissolved and then added this to the warmed fish stock with a ¼ cup Niçoise vinaigrette. I placed the fish stock and agar agar mixture into the mould and it was set within 30 minutes at room temperature. I used a 20 cm cake tin for the bottom mould and a fancy bundt cake tin to make the upper mould. I was extremely pleased with the result a melt-in-your-mouth jelly (jello) that tasted like the tuna and dressing in the salad yet the agar agar container was strong enough to contain the salad. You could even see through the edible container in the thin sections on the bottom.

I arranged the Niçoise salad into the edible container, it looked so pretty I thought. To serve you cut the prepared dish like a pie.

Yum Yum was the only sentiment I had on tasting it, the jelly of the container combined so nicely with the salad, it really added a lovely mouth feel (like finely chopped aspic) to the salad. This is going on my BBQ rotation.

Salade Niçoise
200 gm green beans, cooked and refreshed and cut into 1 cm lengths
2 tablespoons green (spring) onions, minced
1/2 cup Niçoise vinaigrette
Salt and freshly ground pepper
12 small ripe cherry tomatoes
400 gm “finger” potatoes, peeled, sliced, and cooked
400 gm seared tuna, tinned packed in oil, drained weight
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
6 artichokes, packed in olive oil, quartered
1 can (125 gm) flat white anchovy fillets
1/3 cup small black Niçoise-type olives
2 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

Niçoise vinaigrette
The 3/4 cup of vinaigrette has a ratio of 1 part acid to 5 parts oil, the acid component made with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice and the oil component made from a mixture of the tinned oils from the tuna, artichokes, anchovies and extra virgin olive oil.
1 teaspoon mustard powder
2 teaspoons green onions, finely chopped

Edible container
1½ litre (6 cups) salmon stock
¼ cup Niçoise vinaigrette
1/3 cup water
5 teaspoons agar agar powder

The top mould removed to reveal the edible container
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The finished edible container, with both the top and bottom moulds removed
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Notice how you can see the white plate through the thin bottom sections of the container
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The completed salad in its container
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High Tea Cucumber Loaf Take One

The Importance Of Being Earnest: By Oscar Wilde
First Act, Part 1


Algernon. And, speaking of the science of Life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?

Jack. Eh? Shropshire? Yes, of course. Hallo! Why all these cups? Why cucumber sandwiches? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young? Who is coming to tea?

Algernon. Oh! there is no use speculating on that subject. Divorces are made in Heaven—[Jack puts out his hand to take a sandwich. Algernon at once interferes.] Please don't touch the cucumber sandwiches. They are ordered specially for Aunt Augusta. [Algernon takes one and eats it, … and continues eating the cucumber sandwiches while talking.]

Lady Bracknell. I'm sorry if we are a little late, Algernon, but I was obliged to call on dear Lady Harbury. I hadn't been there since her poor husband's death. I never saw a woman so altered; she looks quite twenty years younger. And now I'll have a cup of tea, and one of those nice cucumber sandwiches you promised me.
Algernon. Certainly, Aunt Augusta. [Goes over to tea-table.]

Algernon. (picking up empty plate in horror). Good heavens! Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches? I ordered them specially.
Lane. (gravely). There were no cucumbers in the market this morning, sir. I went down twice.
Algernon. No cucumbers!
Lane. No, sir. Not even for ready money.
Algernon. That will do, Lane, thank you.
Lane. Thank you, sir (goes out).
Algernon. I am greatly distressed, Aunt Augusta, about there being no cucumbers, not even for ready money.

The quintessential English cucumber sandwich
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I absolutely and utterly adore high tea sandwiches they are so delicate, dainty and refreshing, it is universally agreed the ultimate variety of this art form is the English cucumber sandwich. Traditional English cucumber sandwiches consist of vellum-thin (a newspaper-column heading should be legible through) slices of lightly pickled sweet-and-sour cucumber arranged on a thin (daylight should pass through) slices of soft, crust-less, lightly buttered, very fresh and bouncy white toast bread. I can eat whole plates loads of them in one sitting super yummy.

The thinness of the bread and of the cucumber slices are paramount to the success of the sandwich. The thinness of the cucumber guarantees that the slices quickly take up the pickling solution to obtain a crisp crunchy texture with maximum taste and the thinness of the bread gives the perfect contrast of mouth feels (soft and crunchy) to the sandwich. The thin butter layer ensures that the bread is protected from becoming soggy. I like a little dill on my cucumber sandwiches.

So I thought I would a variation on this theme, a High Tea Cucumber Loaf that is the container would be a pickled cucumber with the buttered bread on the inside I thought this would be great to bring to a picnic. I thinly sliced a couple of telegraph cucumbers (Lebanese cucumbers) and pickled them for 20 minutes, then I thinly buttered fresh white bread and added some dill, I added a layer of cucumbers and then rolled them into cigar shapes and stuffed four cigars into a hollowed out over-night pickled English cucumber (hot house cucumber), I wrapped it in plastic and elastic bands and left it over night in the fridge to set.
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I was excited to open the plastic and slice it into bite size rounds
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BOO HOO it was horrible nothing like I thought it would be, the cucumber container was too crunchy, the bread cigars inside where too soggy and tasted of putty. It didn't look pretty and couldn't be sliced thin enough. Overall a total failure.

Well onwards and upwards to another idea.

Update
I served them to the neighbours they actually liked them about 7/10 they said they liked the crunch of the cucumber container against the soft buttery inside (!) ... well sometimes your own opinion isn't always reliable, I think the problem was I had a different end result in mind and since it wasn't that I was a little too harsh maybe on this though I will tinker a bit to make the end result more like what I wanted in the first place.

High Tea Cucumber Loaf Take Two
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After some internet research and speaking to some foodie friends I tweaked the method for stuffing the cucumber container it worked like a charm.

The main results of the discussions were that
1. sugar, vinegar and salt draws (via osmotic pressure) water from cucumbers which makes the bread soggy
2. high fibre breads resist going soggy much longer than low fibre bread
3. unsalted butter stops water movement by osmosis (since it contains no salt) and forms a physical barrier between the dry bread and wet ingredients
4. dry lettuce leaves form a very effective physical barrier to water movement
5. don't use plastic wrap on cucumber sandwiches since it makes for a high humidity environment instead use paper towels to wrap the finished cucumber loaf
6. use a light constant pressure to form the loaf since high pressure can force extra water from salted cucumber, that is use about three rubber bands that aren't stretched too tightly
7. keep the sandwich in a cool place until you eat it. If exposed to high temperatures, sandwiches will get soggy
8. a thin slice of deli meat can be used as a physical barrier to protect the dry bread

Not really rocket science, but sometimes the simplest ideas work best.

I hollowed out the English cucumber and salted it for forty minutes (this draws out a lot of the water from it) and dried it with paper towels.

I used high fibre white toast bread thinly sliced, also I used unsalted butter and dill on both sides and edges of the bread and sliced the telegraph cucumber lengthways and lightly pickled the cucumber slices for twenty minutes and then dried them on paper towels. I rolled some of the buttered bread slices into tight cigars and formed these in one long log the shape of the hollow in the English cucumber then I encased the long log in a lettuce leaf and a thin slice of mortadella and formed a parcel. I covered this parcel with more buttered bread slices and again covered it in a lettuce covering to form the final filling parcel. I lined one half of the hollowed out English cucumber using the lengthways cut telegraph cucumber slices at right angles and then I placed the final lettuce parcel of butter bread cigars into it then folded over the pickled cucumber slices then I placed the other half of the English cucumber onto the filling parcel to form the final loaf. I covered the loaf with paper towels and rubber bands and let it set overnight.

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Sliced high tea cucumber loaf
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I could slice the cucumber loaf paper thin I love this property of the loaf
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Pictures of the sliced cucumber loaf
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Comparison especially notice the difference in the texture of the bread slices, in the left photo they are soggy and dense while in the right photo they are dry and light in texture, one lettuce leaf makes a huge difference in the final result
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The verdict
I'm stunned how a few little changes in the method of stuffing makes such a huge difference to the final result.

This version was exactly what I wanted a picnic loaf that could
1. be prepared the night before,
2. travel well,
3. be sliced thinly, and
4. taste like a cucumber sandwich, and that is almost exactly what I obtained.

I absolutely loved the textures of the buttered bread (nice and dry) and the tasty pickled cucumbers against each other, these where exactly the same as the normal sandwich but the flavour, oh the flavour(!) was so so much stronger this had a power punch; of pickled cucumber zing, of butter yumminess, of dill deliciousness. So much punch some of tasters (my neighbours) put their thin slices of the loaf onto normal bread slices and eat them so a cucumber sandwich sandwich LOL LOL, I tried also it was great. I was very pleased with this version. I will be making this again this weekend.

Cucumber Loaf Recipe
Ingredients
2 English Cucumber (Hothouse cucumber), about 20 cm (8 inches) long^(see note)
4 Telegraph Cucumber (Lebanese cucumber), about 10 cm (4 inches) long^(see note)
2 large iceberg lettuce leaves
2 large very thin slices of very mild tasting deli meat, (mortadella, devon etc), optional
10-12 slices fresh high fibre white toast bread, thinly sliced with crusts removed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 tablespoons fresh dill tips, finely chopped
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
salt, for salting the cucumbers
^note - try to obtain seedless cucumbers.

Method
1. Cut the English cucumbers in half lengthways scoop out the seeds and remove some of the flesh until you have a cucumber shell about 5mm thick (a little less than ¼ inch thick). Cover generously with table salt and let sit for 40 minutes, wash in running water and dry well with paper towels. Set aside.
2. Using a mandoline slicer or a very sharp knife, finely slice the telegraph cucumbers lengthways.
3. Combine thoroughly the vinegar, sugar and water in a medium non-reactive bowl add the telegraph cucumber slices let sit for twenty minutes. Dry well with paper towels. Set aside.
4. Place the telegraph cucumber slices at right angles into the hollow of one half of each English cucumber, the slices will hang over the sides of the cucumber.
5. Combine the dill and butter then very lightly butter both sides and edges of the bread slices. Use the minimum dill butter required but be careful to cover all surface areas of the bread slices.
6. Roll four (or so) buttered bread slices into tight cigars.
7. Using the rolled cigars form one large cylinder (two cigars wide and two cigars long) a little longer than the hollow in the English cucumber. (You can cut the cigars so they are the right shape and length for the hollowed out cucumber).
8. Place one large lettuce leaf (with no holes or tears) on the counter (cover the leaf with the optional deli meat slice if using) then place the cylinder of buttered bread cigars onto the centre of the leaf, roll (like making a rice paper roll) the leaf around the buttered bread cylinder forming a round parcel make sure that there are no gaps in the seams or the ends of the parcel.
9. Use the other buttered bread slices to cover in one or two layers the round parcel making it a little wider than the hollow of the English cucumber, then cover completely with another lettuce leaf (and an optional deli meat slice if using) make sure that there are no gaps in the seams or the ends of the newly formed final filling cylinder.
10. Place the final filling cylinder into the cucumber lined hollow, fold the overhanging slices over the cylinder, cover using the other half of the English cucumber to form a whole loaf. The salted English cucumber shell is slightly flexible so you can lightly 'force' it over the final filling cylinder.
11. Repeat for the other English cucumber.
12. Cover the completed loaves in paper towels use two or three rubber (elastic) bands to keep light constant pressure on the loaf. Refrigerate overnight.

Duchess Sweet Potato Nests with Spanish filling
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After seeing Renata's Duchess Potatoes I had to a make a version, I decided on Duchess sweet potato nests, I filled the nests with olives, semi-dried tomatoes, anchovies and chorizo sausage super yummy. The nests are so cute and are delicious on their own, I used mashed sweet potato and an egg to make the piping mixture and used a medium star nozzle to pipe the nests. I took the advice of Peta and put plenty of butter on the base of the baking tray where I was going to pipe the nests, I baked them at 220°C (430°F) for 20 minutes. The bases were super crispy, the outside crust was thin and crisp the inside was soft and creamy.

The salty and tangy filling contrasts so well with the slightly sweet nests and I adore the colours. I made them appetiser size. I will be making these again on the weekend.

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Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes
I just love stuffed tomatoes, I make them every time I have left over cooked rice and sausages. I add some cooked chopped vegetables to the rice and sausages, I grate some cheese on top of the stuffing then I bake it at 180°C (350°F) for 35 minutes, if you like the tomato shell to be completely collapsed bake for 50 minutes . A great light dinner.

Stuffed tomatoes
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Close of one stuffed tomato
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Interior shot of the stuffed tomato
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Cheat pastry shells – quick sausage rolls
This instant pasty produces a thin shell that is exquisite for sausage rolls, it is buttery, flavoursome and super crisp. Do try it when you have a load of people to feed.

Children really adore the sausage rolls made with this pastry especially if made with tomato sauce. I have been asked for this recipe ten of dozens of times so be prepared when serving these at a party. Once at a football team party I made 120 sausage rolls it was a pleasure and so easy an amazing recipe.

This is one of my all time favourite recipes I thought I would share it with the forum members since this is the perfect challenge for it, a container for cooked sausages - a quick sausage roll recipe.

I love the overall colour of the crust
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Notice the colour of the interior pastry it started white now it is intensely coloured and notice how thin and crispy the pastry shell is which gives a great mouth feel to each bite
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This cheat pastry is wonderful when you want to encase something in a 'crisp thin pastry shell' and only have sliced white bread on hand.

I use this sausage roll recipe when I need to feed a huge crowd of people at home while watching sports on TV, it is perfect when you are cooking in a friend's kitchen for a party it even works in toaster ovens. I often use this quick pastry as the top crust for pies and tarts where the wet fillings are in a ramekin or pan, it is great as the all-over-pastry-shell for fillings that aren't too wet and perfect for sausage rolls. It is quick, cheap and simple and you don't have to worry about the 'pastry' melting in the summer heat before it is baked and the shell can be flavoured to any taste you want. Also it easy enough for children to do it. I hope you like it.

Quick sausage rolls using cheat pasty shell
Serves 8
Ingredients
8 slices white bread, with crusts
4 cooked good quality sausages, cut in half
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 tablespoons semi-dried tomato pesto (or 4 tablespoons of tomato sauce)
tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, mustard and mayonnaise for dipping

Method
1. Flatten the bread slices as thinly as possible with a rolling pin, flatten the bread four or five times so it will not spring back to its normal texture, cut off crusts
2. Combine the pesto and butter in a small bowl, generously brush the flatten bread on both sides and edges with the pesto butter
3. Place a piece of sausage centred on one edge of the buttered bread slice (leave 1/2 cm on each side of the sausage) roll the bread slice very tightly around the sausage
4. Twist the bread ends tightly together
5. Place the completed rolls seam down on a baking tray
6. Brush the outside of the completed sausage rolls with the pesto butter
7. Bake in a moderate oven 180°C (350°F) for 15-20 minutes

Bread Spoons
These are so much fun to eat, a simple idea but a goodie. It contained lettuce, sausage, oil infused tomatoes, pickled cucumber and stuffed olives.

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Updated Edit

How to make the bread spoons
Ingredients
Sliced white bread or wholemeal bread^
butter, melted
^Note - the thicker the slice the firmer the bread spoon will be and the more it keeps the shape of the spoon mould when baked. Use white bread for light tasting filling ingredients and wholemeal for more robust flavours.

Method
1. Use an oven proof suitably-shaped spoon (I used a soup spoon from a Chinese dinner set) which has a high angled handle and a flat base.
2. Roll the slices of bread very thinly with a heavy rolling pin, roll several times so the bread doesn't spring back. Cut off the crusts. Don't cut off the crusts first rolling with the crusts gives you a flatten slice that is about 15% bigger.
3. Lay down the spoon on the rolled out bread slice and roughly cut out the shape of the spoon about 1/2 cm (about a 1/4 inch) bigger than the spoon outline.
4. Using a pastry brush lightly butter one side of the flatten bread slice. Lay the buttered side down into the spoon and using your fingers firmly press the bread into the hollows of the spoon pay particularly attention to the handle and the edges of the spoon.
5. Using a sharp knife or a pair of kitchen scissors trim the moulded bread to the shape of the spoon.
6. Butter the top side of the bread mould.
7. Leave the bread on the spoon bake in a moderate oven 180°C (350°F) for 10-15 minutes, the bread spoons crisp and harden when they cool.

Suitably-shaped spoon and the rolled out slice of white bread
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The roughly cut out shape from the flatten bread slice
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Place the cut out bread shape onto the spoon
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The moulded bread spoon
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I used a good quality wholemeal seeded thickly sliced bread to obtain this bread spoon - this would be great for sharp cheeses or hearty winter flavours. Notice how well it moulded into the shape of original spoon shape. I will using these spoons for another version of bread spoons.
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Audax potatoes
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This is an idea that came to me a couple of days ago. I LOVE potatoes, I adore potato crisps (thin and crisp) I'm charmed with potato chips (crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside) and I'm enamoured with stuffed potatoes (creamy and flavoursome on the inside) yes I really really like potatoes. But how could I have all three at once just using one spud -- well after some thought I came up with this idea. I couldn't think of a name for them so I thought that I would name them eponymously (after me) since they are so marvellous when cut open and they even slice well and the slices look so spectacular on the serving plate. And they taste good cold which was a bit of a surprise I love a recipe that can be made into picnic food. These twice baked potatoes have an intriguing exterior which hides all manner of ingenious fillings and when fully opened reveals a fabulous pattern of tasty tit bits with a sensually soft core of yumminess. These were a BIG HIT with the test tasters!!!! I hope I'm not being too arrogant naming this potato recipe after myself, the test tasters didn't seem to mind and I got so many Ooooo's and Rrrrrr's when I sliced them opened when I served them. A good potato recipe that isn't really that hard to do at home.

Get one spud and thinly slice it (not going all the way through to the base) and stuff the slits with deli meats, sliced onions and cheese. Bake until tender then remove the base of the potato and stuff as per usual and re-bake until hot. You get the best of all worlds - the top of the slices are like potato crisps, the middle of the slices are like a potato chip and the base is a stuffed potato. Yum yum I really like the look of final baked potato also. Such an interesting technique. The cheese melts into the potato which really adds a lot of flavour to the potato ridges.

The cut and filled potato waiting to be baked for the first time - onion slices, sharp cheese and some thinly sliced salami
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The first baked potato
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The base of the once baked potato
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The hollowed out once baked potato
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The stuffing for the once baked potato
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The first time baked and stuffed potatoes I used three different types of spuds, the purple one is a sweet potato - it smells so so good while it is baking
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The interior of the Audax potatoes
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The exterior and interior of Audax potatoes
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Crab flavoured noddle crab-shaped bowl with crab salad - a fun container to eat crab salad
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I thought I would give a crispy noodle bowl a go since it was one of the sample recipes in the challenge. I went to the local Asian shop I wasn't surprised to find over 80 types of noodles I choose an instant wheat noodle that included crab salt satchels (five 95 gram packets which cost 95cents in total! I used one packet for the bowl). I steeped the noodles in plain hot water for about 5 minutes until they were soft then I draped them over over a decorative cake pan and formed the noodles into a lattice looking at it I realised I could form a crab shaped bowl using the side grooves of the pan as the legs of the crab, I baked the noddles for one hour at 180C (350F) I got a nice even brown colour on the noodles, in the last few minutes I oil-sprayed the noodles and sprinkled the crab salt evenly over the noodle bowl. On cooling the bowl hardens and gets very crispy and tastes wondrously of crab. Then I prepared a simple crab salad and placed this on the crab bowl and served it, I was very pleased the finished salad and container looked just like a crab (with ten legs nobody noticed this) there were oh's and rrr's from the tasters and they really liked snapping off the crab noodle legs to add a crisp topping to the salad this is a fabulous dish for kids (and adults). A most enjoyable salad and bowl - we all had heaps of FUN eating it! The bowl is sturdy since the crab salad weighed about 450 grams. I think this idea (a shaped bowl) would a great idea for Halloween but I would do a red back spider.

The baked crab flavoured noodle bowl
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The baked crab flavoured noodle shaped as a crab
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The finished crab salad this was so much fun to eat
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After the tasters had taken the legs off the crab bowl and topped the salad with them
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Croissant stuffed with ham, cheese, semi-dried tomato pesto and chives
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I couldn't resist making croissants I have been eyeing off this Julia Child recipe for a while now, so I thought this was the perfect time to make them.

The buttery pastry is superb with the classic filling of ham, cheese and chives and the addition of the pesto just adds that extra special touch of yumminess.

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So remember to check out the Daring Kitchen front page for the five finalists and vote for your choice. Voting will be open to members and the public at the front page of the Daring Kitchen site http://thedaringkitchen.com/ from April 17th until May 16th. Winners will be announced on May 17th in the new Daring Cooks’ challenge post.

The following are some of the entries from other Daring Cooks' for this challenge. If you do not want your photo and link here please leave a comment and I will take it down immediately.

monkey queen – a dried pear and beet bowl
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http://www.dontmakemecallmyflyingmonkeys.com/

leandralb – a whole English breakfast in savoury containers
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http://leandralb.blogspot.com/

The-food-doctor – red capsicum (bell pepper) roll-ups
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http://www.thefooddoctor.wordpress.com/

Pia of TaGa_Luto – Filipino seafood chopsuey on deep fried crispy noodle cups
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http://bisayajudkaayo.blogspot.com/

Sarah G – small potato bowl with creme fraiche and steelhead trout gravlax
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http://allourfingersinthepie.blogspot.com/

Wolf – Homemade sourdough bread bowls with homemade Irish Stew
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http://wolfsilveroak.insanejournal.com/

Monkeyshines – choux paste eclairs, stuffed with lightly buttered lobster
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http://monkeyshinesinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

plafield – the most perfectly formed polenta cups filled with chili
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http://eatsobsessed.wordpress.com/

neverseenblue – Black bean cups filled with a Mexican-inspired couscous dish
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http://outoftheoven.wordpress.com/

Pia of TaGa_Luto – Xiaolongbao, or Shanghai Steamed Soup Dumplings
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http://bisayajudkaayo.blogspot.com/

Poisonive – Crab Au Gratin in Shell
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non-blogger

squishyfishy – Flower Pot Pies
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http://squishyfishy.wordpress.com/

Bunnee – shredded phyllo dough cups
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http://annafood.blogspot.com/

Ms Pink Piglet – Meat Pies
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http://mspinkpiglet.blogspot.com/

brookeyool – cereal snack mix bowl filled with tasty snacks
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http://youcangetfit.wordpress.com/

KeneticDiabetic – meatloaf bowl with mashed potato
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http://cookingwithdiabetes.blogspot.com/

ohyenner – cucumber bowls filled with a lovely salad
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http://www.ohyenner.com/

Denise of There's a Newf in My Soup – a phyllo bowl filled with a Greek Salad
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http://www.newfinmysoup.blogspot.com/

Gluten-free cat – vegan bread bowls filled with a raw avocado and spinach Soup
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http://www.glutenfreecat.com/

chipie_chocolat – a fabulous crispy noddle bowl with a salad
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http://thechocobunny.blogspot.com/

Robert of An Alaskan Cook's Exploration of food and technique – hot pockets and pasties
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http://climbhighak.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/hot-pockets-april-daring-cooks/

Stardust Chef - a lovely braided bread bowl
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http://stardustchef.blogspot.com/2011/04/daring-cooks-challenge-april-edible.html

Oggi - vegetarian bibimbap with tofu, baby carrots, baby zucchini, soybean sprouts,
fresh shiitake, and egg yolk in a seasoned rice bowl
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http://oggi-icandothat.blogspot.com/2011/04/daring-cooks-edible-containers.html

Noorish - Blackened Shrimp and Grit
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http://noorishme.blogspot.com/2011/04/april-dk-challenge-blackened-shrimp-and.html

Kankana of Sunshineandsmile - lovely prawn salad in a savoury dough cups so pretty
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http://www.sunshineandsmile.com/2011/04/14/shrimp-salad-in-a-savory-cup/

Adventures of a future chef - Flavoured pate dough dinner ware, exquisite!
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http://adventuresofafuturechef.blogspot.com/2011/04/daring-cooks-challenge-3-edible.html

LeslieUhl - Lasagne cups for vegetable lovers
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http://leslieuhl.com/blog/?p=1273

62 comments:

Denise said...

Audax - You expertly explored and presented so many creative edible container options, and thank you for sharing some of the other talent in this month's challenge!

thefooddoctor said...

Amazing post Audax..
I really enjoyed this months challenge..thank you for including my entry..If you dont mind I will be linking to your post too

Juliana said...

Wow, they are all amazing...it was so much fun going through the pictures...thank you so much. Hope you are having a great week :-)

oggi said...

Amazing entries...very creative. I'm getting hungry just looking at those potatoes.:)

What a great idea to feature DCs' beautiful creations. Bravo!

Swathi said...

Audax,

awesome creative container, every one is best.

Rochelle said...

You always out do yourself! I'm very curious about the cucumber loaf. I know you said the first didn't come out the way you wanted but the second did. It looks and sounds interesting :)

I also love the bread spoons and my absolute favorite is the crab salad on the crab bowl! I think it's the most creative out of the whole lot!

Barbara Bakes said...

Looks like you had so much fun with this challenge. Very creative and fun ideas!

Kat said...

My favorite is the flying spaghetti--er, I mean crab--monster bowl.
Sweeeeet inspiration!

Poisonive said...

Audax - you were a true inspiration in this challenge and fabulous with your encouragement! I am going to use the bread spoons for many dinner parties to come - so easy but so KEWL!

Ruth H. said...

You amaze me. You have such imagination, such creativity, and such energy! I don't think half of these containers would have occurred to me... Oily tuna gel? Amazing...! I am, as usual, blown away what you have done. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with us!

Now Serving said...

This is so fantastic - Loved all containers - you are all very creative and talented people :)Lovely post -

lois said...

Audax, you've made a real achievement on this challenge! So many and so different suggestions - great job!

Cooking Rookie said...

Hi Audax,

You're just a fountain of creativity :-). I love all of your edible containers, but particularly the second cucumber cup and the tuna oil bowl. Great inspirational post!

poppybakes said...

WOW!! So many fabulous ideas! I especially love the spoons! Poppy

Vania Georgieva said...

Wow, Audax, great work, so many dishes & all of them - delicious & creative! Well done!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

You creativity is unmatched by anyone else as usual. The variety of creations you came up with is amazing, but my fave is the
Salade Niçoise in an edible oily tuna stock bowl. Love that jelly mold!

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

You are amazing! So many different containers and all of them are really creative. Love your work and thanx for the link, I am honored.

Chantel Beauregard said...

Wow, I am amazed once again! Great job!

Jour de Macaron said...

Amazing Audax! Wow!
I don´t know wich I liked much!!!
Thanks for share!

climbhighak said...

Sometimes your creations are out of my comfort zone. That being said, I would surely try them all.

I respect how you went back to get the tea sandwiches correct. I think my favorite creatively were the edible spoons. Great work there.

Suzler said...

I think this must be the perfect Audax challenge. :D Your take on the cucumber sandwich is fantastic - very clever indeed! (And I always love a bit of Oscar Wilde.) The tomatoes are mouthwatering, the noodle crab and bread spoons are such fun ideas, and your Audax Potatoes are stunning!

Oh, I've just spotted your croissants - beautiful!

Robyn Clarke said...

Wow.

I especially love your Audax potatoes.

I love seeing what your posts for the challenges. So many ideas.

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Astounding Audax!

Jojo said...

Once again your creations leave me speechless. Very well done!

Creating Nirvana said...

I am sorry that you couldn't buy a pig head for head cheese for love or money. I was super excited to be getting one, and I was disappointed when my butcher threw it away after I faxed and left him a message that I wanted the head. Thank you for the kind words on my edible container on the Daring Cook's board. I love your spider looking container. I think it would look so cool at a Halloween buffet. www.creatingnirvanatoday.blogspot.com

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I don't know where you find the time to do so much cooking and also to find all the mouths to help you eat it! Great job. And thanks for featuring one of mine.

Mary said...

So many wonderful creations--you really went all out this month! I am having a hard time deciding which I like best, but that crab salad bowl is amazing! Fantastic work.
:)

FamilySpice said...

Great, GREAT job, Audax! You really know how to inspire the rest of us. But, I'm a little set back about the oily tuna bowl!!!

Sarah said...

While super creative I'm not going to lie...the Nicoise Salad one scares me. However, I would LOVE a bite of that refreshing cucumber sandwich or your crossiant sandwich right now. Yum.

Karin said...

Wow. I am so impressed with your creativity. So many lovely ideas, so many tasty looking pictures. Thank you for being so inspiring!

Leandra said...

Audax!!!!
You are a big "Good Ideas Factoring"!
Thanks for you inspiration every challenge and for sharing the blog's.

Wolf said...

Wow, that's a heck of a collection there! }:P Thanks for including my bread bowl! I'll have my post up this afternoon. Hee.

I loved your noodle crab, that was very inventive!

Janine said...

I'm always continually amazed by your ideas Audax - your ideas are so out of this world! I esp like the crab :D

Katie Rose said...

Wow. I am stunned at how thoroughly you experimented with this challenge. I love the crab noodle bowl and the bread spoons made me giggle. I'm going to have to try the cucumber sandwiches, they really look tasty. Awesome job!

Renata said...

Audax, I can't thank you enough for being so inspiring to everyone in the group! I love your enthusiasm and I'm impressed with your creativity. All your creations are absolutely awesome and totally unique. Congratulations!

NOORISH said...

Good grief, you did so many!!!!! You always go above and beyond each challenge and I love all of your ideas. You are SO incredibly creative!

lillibakescakes said...

Wow. I love your pictures and your recipes are so creative! Love the bread spoons and noodle bowl especially. It all looks delicious though :)

Lisa said...

Aud..wow..what an array of gorgeous, edible containers! I think my fav is either the cucukber loaf or the potato. Not too sure about the tuna gelee bowl, but I'd have to try it lol Beautiful job as always, and I love that you posted DC blog links and photos of their creations. Gonna check them out!

Monkeyshines in the Kitchen said...

Audax, you've outdone yourself! What an amazing collection of edible containers. I love your imagination - from a bowl made from broth to noodles shaped like a crab, you're just amazing. Thanks for inspiring us all on the Daring Cooks!

Renee said...

Wow! I'm blown away by all you made! I love the bread spoon! Great idea and one my husband would love love love.

Agueda said...

Hi Audax,
thank you for stopping by. I will definitely be doing your bread spoons. What a good idea!
Regards from Austria,
Agueda

squishyfishy said...

How on earth did I miss that cucumber tea loaf in the fora?! That is fantastic!!! (My husband, a die-hard cuke fan, was looking over my shoulder and demanded why I had made something as boring as TACOS for the challenge when I could have been using CUCUMBERS!)

I do love your "Audax Spud" though -- I'm definitely trying that, since bbq season is upon us! You should try marketing that idea to a local pub: it sounds absolutely delicious! : )

Kankana said...

Thank you So much Audax for your lovely comments. YOu are So creative.. you made so many different variety of containers .. totally Amazing :) I think I will spend the whole weekend in DK today .. so may beautiful display !

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Anwen said...

I think your jelly bowl is an amazing idea. I thought about a lightly flavoured ice bowl, but the jelly idea is so much better (no problems with it melting for starters!). And how lovely are those spoons?! Just adorable.

TaGa_Luto said...

Audax!!! Thank you! thank you! You did it again!!! Another well thought, brilliant ideas for this challenge. I love all your creations, i'm making your edible spoon for sure this summer. Thank you too for the link..i'm honored;)

Morgan said...

It all looks sooo good. Really like the look of the cucumber loaf and sweet potato nest, mmm!

FromtheBookshelf said...

These are great! One more creative than the next! Love the bread spoon! Definitely have to try that one!

Jessica @ bake me away! said...

Your posts always make me wonder what a Day in the Kitchen of Audax is like. :D Each creation is amazing! Superb job.

chefpandita.com said...

I am so impressed with all your variations! Great job, Audax and thanks for visiting my blog. Cheers from the Caribbean :)

crumbsoflove said...

Whew! what a post. I'm speachless.
Seriously.

Shellac said...

YUM! I am definitely going to try the Audax potatoes, they look absolutely amazing. Bread spoons - BRILLIANT!

Jx

Todd M said...

Congrats on being a finalist - you had so many creative ideas I am sure it was hard for them to pick just one. I think the audax potatoes look fantastic myself.

Renata said...

Audax, congratulations for being one of the finalists, you have no idea how hard it was to choose only one of your creations!

Renata said...

I posted a photo of your dish on my blog, hope you don't mind!

Magpie said...

Oh my gosh Audax! you are so incredibly creative! wonderful wonderful ideas and I so loved the round up as well!

Pavithra said...

Audax ur really so creative.. i think u almost gave all the edible bowl ideas in the world.. Amazing ideas and my gosh cannot express my words..You are real daring cook/baker.

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~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

WOW great recap of some awesome edible containers! Thanks for stopping by!

kellypea said...

I'm alway overwhelmed when I see all of what you do with these challenges. As for the containers you've churned out, the most unusual to me is the first -- It reminds me of aspic so makes total sense, but I'd never had come up with the idea. I love the stuffed cucumbers and wondered since you had to rework it to get it right, did you have to throw out the first attempt? I think that's what keeps me from being too creative (well that, and laziness!). Congrats to you for all you do. It's amazing.

UFRV said...

Audax, so many ideas, such great flavor combinations, congratulations on another spectacular challenge! And congratulatiosn for beeing selected for the final voting! Best of luck :-) Greetings from Madrid!

Ramya said...

Fantastic ideas:-) Head over heals in love with the edible containers u hav made!!! Hats off to ur passion :-)