Monday, November 1, 2010

And the Culinary Smackdown Winner is..........

This months Culinary Smackdown Challenge "Battle Chile" has come to an end and now I have the arduous task of choosing the winner.    All of the contestants brought their "A" game with a wonderful menagerie of delightful chili dishes to this months battle. 

Thanks to all the contestants for joining in the fun...your dishes are all wonderful and represent the diverse nature of the use of chile's in cooking.  This is going to be a very difficult battle to judge!  

girlichef, brought her talents to the table with her beautiful Cheddar Serrano Bread!  Fresh bread is one of my weaknesses, add to that two of my favorite foods...cheddar cheese and chile's and this dish is very hard to refuse!  I would love to sop up some delicious tortilla soup with this spicy, bread! 

Gloria's Blog Viva La Vida, brought on the hot stuff with her Polenta with Chili's and Crema Fresca.  This dish looks so inviting with the hot bubbly smoothness of the polenta, paired with Serrano chile's and cilantro.  The perfect dish for the family after a long cold day sledding in the Rocky Mountains. Grab me a comfy blanket and a bowl of this dreamy dish and I'm in heaven!

PALATABLE used her cultural culinary abilities to bring us this spicy hot Samabal Goreng (Fried Tofu & Tempeh).  A traditional Malaysian dish, this one packs a powerful punch, with a combination of dried red and green chile's, garlic, lemongrass and tamarind, and coconut just to name a few.  I'm ready to book a flight to Malaysia and get a taste of this beautiful dish!

Christo, ChezWhat brought on the hot stuff with FIVE recipes from his arsenal of chile dishes.  To be fair to the other contestants I had to choose just one of Christos fine offerings.  It wasn't hard for me to choose his Three Layer Panacotta with Mulato chile's, chocolate, coconut and blueberry layers...Wow!  You had me at chocolate and chili!!

Anette, Krakilette, went down to the wire by posting her recipe for Chicken and Chile Soup with Pumpkin Seed Bread at the last minute.  I'm so happy she made the deadline because this soup is beautiful!  The rich broth is flavored with hot red peppers, chunks of carrots and chicken, and accompanied by delicious pumpkin rolls.  I'm ready for a visit  Anette, you better put some soup on!!

Finally, kitchen flavours shows her culinary talent with this amazing Sambal Petai with Eggs.  Petai is a Malaysian fruit that is "high in potassium and low in salt, making it perfect to beat high blood pressure. This unique fruit can prevent a substantial number of illnesses."  I just love the way kitchen flavors gives her readers a personal look into her diverse, cultural cooking style!!

The Sambal is made with a mixture of chile's, kaffir lime leaves, candlenut and belecan!  Honestly, I've never heard of some of these ingredients but they look amazing, pictured her!  Quail eggs add their amber color making this dish irresistible! 

With so many wonderful food bloggers competing in this months challenge it was a very difficult to choose just one recipe, but in the end someone has to be crowned the winner.......

Drum roll please............the winner flavours!!! I really couldn't resist the complexity of this beautiful dish! 

Congratulations, on winning the October 2010 Culinary Smackdown "Battle Chile"!!  You have the honor of hosting next months challenge on your blog and bosting the title of Culinary Smackdown Winner on your blog!! You will also receive a gift from me for winning this months challenge, a lovely Tea Set for One and a tin of Apple Spice Tea. 


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  1. Oh my gosh! Thank you! Thank you, Rebecka! I've never thought that I would win, all the recipes submitted by the others are really great! It is the most wonderful surprise for me today, I was just about to do a posting on my 100th post and this really makes it extra special! I'll email you right after this! Thank you once again, Rebecka, and thank you to girlichef, Viva La Vida, Palatable, ChezWhat and Krakilette for joining in the fun!

  2. Great hosting of the challenge Rebecka! You picked a good winner!
    And Congratulations to Kitchen Flavors!

  3. Everything looks fabulously spicy and delicious :D

  4. It was so difficult for me to choose a winner in this challenge. All of the dishes represented the use of chile's in such a deverse way! Congratulations, again to kitchen flavours!! I'm happy this gets to be your 100th post topic!

  5. A very tasty line-up. Congrats to Kitchen Flavours!

  6. All of these look fabulous! Congratulations to Kitchen Flavours!

  7. I have just discovered your lovely blog.
    I love your recipes! I will come back here very soon...
    Now I am following you:)

  8. Cucina di Barbara, Welcome!! I'm so happy you found my blog and that you're following me! I'll be checking out your blog today! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing great recipes!


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