When I was contacted by the lovely Danika and asked if I might be interested in a UL cooking and safety contest pre-BlogHer Food I was totally interested and stretched my trip out just a wee bit longer so I could join in. I'm so glad I did! It was an absolute blast.
We were whisked away to an artists loft where we sipped a little wine, met up with our cooking teams of other bloggers and learned some safety tips. Like watch your cords, don't let them dangle over the edge of the counter. Always unplug your immersion blender before cleaning it! Cut with your fingers bent under and your knuckles towards the blade instead of finger tips. Heat a pan without oil, then add oil and your _______. Put a wet towel under the cutting board to keep it from slipping. All great tips, they made me wonder how many of those do I follow in my home. Yikes!
A couple things I do practice regularly in my home are my 'mama cooking zone' and 'wash your hands is the first step to cooking with me'. The mama coking zone is the area in front of the stove and 5 feet in either direction, no children, pets, toys, nothing is in that area. It's just too easy to miss something in that area and hurt or get hurt. The hand washing is real hand washing, no alcohol gel and get under your fingernails! I may forget a cord but those are two I'm pretty religious about.
The only ingredients we HAD to use were:
- fennel in the appetizer or salad--we made caramelized onions and fennel on cucumber crostini w topped by a pan roasted grape tomato
- halibut--ours was a simple pan fried halibut on steam seared asparagus with a roasted red pepper pesto
- baked Alaska--ours was put together in the freezer and then got knocked over! tragedy averted when some smart lady suggested skewering them, refreezing them and covering them with meringue-I used a sweet little torch to brown them up
|caramelized fennel crostini|
|pan fried halibut|