Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet Cloves and Liquid Gold


A drizzle of liquid gold takes a dish to new heights, from the simplest of dishes to the most complex.  Olive oil is the very soul of cooking.  Of course, you can't really mention olive oil without, at the same time, mentioning sweet cloves of garlic.  It's as if olive oil and garlic magically combine to create meals that are almost mystical.  Let's not forget the olive, a powerful and central ingredient. This week, steep yourself in these ancient ingredients as you prepare dishes using Sweet Cloves and Liquid Gold.

Make a Diana Henry recipe featuring garlic, olives, and/or olive oil and post it by Sunday, November 23rd. Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.


If you missed our Mystery Box Madness theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the different ways our mystery box ingredients were used
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mystery Box Madness November '14

Mystery Box Badge

This week we're introducing our first ever Mystery Box Madness Challenge.  We have a Mystery Box chockful with wonderful ingredients:

harissa
eggs
saffron
pumpkin
maple syrup
dates
rose water
spinach
oranges
chickpeas

You get to choose any dish from our current guest chef, Diana Henry, or any one of our previous ten IHCC chefs:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay
Nigel Slater


So where's the challenge? - your dish must contain at least three of our mystery ingredients!!

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!  So put your thinking cap on, get those cookbooks off the shelf, and make and post your dish by Sunday 16 November.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Stock Your Exotic Pantry! theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the glorious icy treats everyone made.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Stock Your Exotic Pantry!

A well-stocked pantry is one of the keys to successful cooking.  With an IHCC chef as globally influenced as Diana Henry, having a pantry stocked with more exotic ingredients comes in handy.

Collage Images from Images.com, Stirring the Pot, Couscous & Consciousness & Kahakai Kitchen

This week our theme is "Stock Your Exotic Pantry" and we are thinking about things like jams, dressings, sauces, condiments, herb and spice mixes, pickles, and/or preserved items with exotic flavors

Make a Diana Henry recipe to Stock Your Exotic Pantry and/or a recipe using an exotic pantry items (or items) and post it by Sunday, November 9th

Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our What Came First? ...The Chicken or The Egg? theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the cluck-worthy dishes everyone made.

Monday, October 27, 2014

What Came First...The Chicken or The Egg?


What Came First...The Chicken Or The Egg?

This week we are making any Diana Henry dish that involves chicken and/or eggs. Choose your Diana Henry recipe then make and post by Sunday, October 19th. Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.


New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.


If you missed our Potluck last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful dishes everyone made.


*Photo Credit: http://www.discovery-zone.com


Monday, October 20, 2014

October Pot Luck!

Oh, yes ... we all love a Potluck around here!
Pot Luck Badge

And, what's not to love, when Potluck means not only do you get to choose the recipe, but you also get to choose the chef.

That's right, choose any Diana Henry recipe you like, or if you prefer take the opportunity to revisit any one of our previous nine IHCC chefs:

Nigella Lawson
Mark Bittman
Giada de Laurentiis
Jamie Oliver
Tessa Kiros
Rick Bayless
Madjur Jaffrey
Yotam Ottolenghi
Donna Hay
Nigel Slater

That makes for a veritable smorgasbord of English, American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern and "modern Australian" recipes to choose from.

To join in just post and link your October Potluck dish from any one of our IHCC chefs by Sunday 26 October.  Please remember to link a thumbnail image and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your dish.

In other news ...
Starting next month we will be introducing a new theme, on a regular basis - a monthly Mystery Box Madness Challenge.  Each month you will be presented with a new mystery box of special ingredients.  Your challenge, should you decide to accept it, will be to post any dish you like from any one of our IHCC chefs as long as your dish contains at least three ingredients from the mystery box.  Sounds like fun, doesn't it?!  We know some of you like to plan ahead for challenges, so mystery box ingredients for the forthcoming month will be posted in the side bar along with upcoming themes.  Be watching soon to see what ingredients we will be cooking with in November.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome pageIf you have any questions please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Icy Cold!, be sure to click on the links and check out all the glorious icy treats everyone made.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Icy Cold!

Diana Henry has lots of great recipes for cold dishes, both sweet and savory. We thought it might be fun to make some of these Icy Cold frozen items, beverages, soups and other chilled dishes.

 Ice Cubes Image from forwallpaper.com

Pick any chilly Diana Henry recipe from one of her cookbooks or online to make and post by Sunday, October 19th. Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.

New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Welcome Diana Henry! theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful dishes everyone made.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Welcome Diana Henry!


This week we Welcome Diana Henry to I Heart Cooking Clubs!

For the next six months we are going to be celebrating the recipes of Diana Henry.  Diana was raised in Northern Ireland and started cooking when she was just six years old. Like many of us, her love of cooking has been a constant in her life.  Diana has explored food while traveling, both in and out of her kitchen.  Diana has authored several cookbooks, writes a column for The Telegraph, and has her own website.  The next six months are going to be a tasty adventure!

Are you ready to get in the kitchen with Diana Henry? 

Choose any Diana Henry recipe to welcome in our new chef.  Make and post your dish by Sunday, October 12th. Please remember to link a thumbnail image below, and leave a comment after you link so that we don't miss out on your post.


New to IHCC?  Need help linking up?  Check out our Welcome page.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get back with you.

If you missed our Cheerio Nigel! theme last week, be sure to click on the links and check out all the wonderful dishes everyone made.