We won!! ^_^
Today we had a potluck dinner. So many yummy foods and I am bloated now.
So, after my 1st try with the chirashizushi, today Xin and me took two hours to prepare it again, with 80% of the ingredients have prepared on Sunday and Monday, except those that needed to prepare on the day.
We were much more satisfied with this time in term of appearance and the balance of colors. Also, since seaweed and deep fried anchovies were debatable ingredients of like or hate, we decided to pull them out. Alternatively, striped eggs with two different flavors as well as stir fried shimeji mushroom with shoyu were used. I think we made the right decision.
Not only people loved the taste, we also won the 1st prize in the main and side dishes category.
Yippie~~~ what a surprise. Although the $15 gift card was not even enough to cover 1/2 of the money we spent on the ingredients, Xin and me were truly "proud" with the effort we have put in it.
Out of the 6 prizes for the night, 3 of the prizes won by my lab. Tee hee hee...
Hicran's tabouli is my all time favorite. It is pretty different from the tabouli that uses a lot of parsley, but more on the cracked wheat. Even though the more sour parsley tabouli is pretty nice and healthy, Hicran's definitely winning over that the green tabouli any time.
And... she won the 2nd prize for the main and side dish category. ;)
Next, Esra's kadayif. She makes very good dessert. I usually don't eat baklava from shop, mainly it is too sweet for my liking, but Esra's baklava, I can eat three pieces.
Today, she decided to make something else, instead of her well-known baklava which she won the 1st prize last year.
Kadayif was her choice and personally, I like kadayif over baklava. The texture of kadayif are unique. Esra make it into a few layers. The first thing she did, was to mix these very fine vermicelli-like pastry with butter so that each strand was infused with the aroma and flavor of butter. Then, at the bottom layer, the kadayif was mixed with sweet syrup, layered with crushed pistachio, then with the baked crispy top layer. (It actually more ingredients than this I believe, but I have very limited knowledge on Turkish cuisines.) Complicated yet complementing each other so well. I love it.
It is a no surrpise she won the 1st prize again this year for the dessert category. You go girl!
Ah~~~ a gift card has never look this pretty before.
Because we won!