Well, its time for my much awaited round-up!
Chocolate and Meat turned out to be a rather classic yet difficult pairing. I mean, who would think throwing a nugget of milk chocolate into your mouth along with a piece of steak would taste great..? Get what I mean?
Anyway, I am ecstatic that I recieved over 11 entries for the first flogging event I've ever hosted! At first, I did not seem to recieve any entries at all! That seriously worried me and got the nerves kickin'. However, as Martin predicted, most of the entries started pouring in a few days before the deadline. PHEW!
Anyway, here are all the fantastic entries which I recieved from so many different people in different parts of the world. Enjoy!
PS: Click on the participant's highlighted name to view their blog entries. He he :)
created a dish where chocolate was the main component and meat was the flavoring agent.
His verdict: The recipe tasted great. I found out that raisins and rum shared the same number of flavor chemicals for chocolate and beef, leading me to believe that their inclusion in the dish would be tasty....the whole thing paired really well.
Her verdict: Tasting the pasta for myself, I had to agree with him. The first sensation of flavour that I got when I took my first bite was the lingering aroma of the red wine, and although the sauce was sweeter and slightly thicker than most bolognese sauces, I wouldn't have guessed there was chocolate in there either. Despite not being able to pick out the chocolate flavour, we both agreed that the chocolate added to the richness of the sauce
His verdict: Beef and chocolate do go well together, in the right proportions.
His verdict: The result was pretty nice. Unfortunately my beef was too well-done. But the chocolate definitely added some nice contrast to the sauce. Although 10 grams was probably still too much. Next time I will use some real red wine instead of red wine vinegar, I think this can also benefith the sauce.
His verdict: The chocolate beef stock cream has very meaty and almost nutty flavour. Honey is important to round of the otherwise slightly bitter taste of the chocolate. Chili oil gives it a bite, but can be omitted.
Her verdict: The wonderful thing is, I am not the only one who loved this - my fiance declared it absolutely fantastic!
His verdict: The chocolate I used was too sweet [30%] for the combination with chorizo & I didn't like it. Less sweet chocolate should be used or the sweetness of the chocolate should be suppressed.
Her verdict: The sauce was kind of sweet, with a slight chocolate flavor in the background. You could definitely tell there was wine in it. It felt like velvet on the tongue.
Laurel, all the way in Sweden, decided on a Beef Carpaccio with Chocolate Balsamico Reduction. Her final product was so fantastic that she didn't even have enough left to photograph! You go girl!
Her verdict: The nutty/peppery argula really adds something to this dish and seems to marry the chocolate balsamico with the savory truffle and cheese. The beef just melts on your tongue. Delicious! Chocolate and meat DO go really well together if I am to judge by this dish.
Her verdict: Cocoa adds a very appetizing earthiness and depth to the flavor of the chilli; it also gives it a rich terra cotta hue which makes a great presentation.
His verdict: While interesting, I don't think this simple combination works on its own. It is too tricky to be just a snack, it has to be processed mentally to be enjoyable. The meat taste and the chocolate do go well together. It is a strong, slightly hot and quite savoury tone. The problem is the texture: the yielding chocolate doesn't work together with the fibrous and strong meat. They need to be combined more firmly, likely as part of the jerky preparation process.
Her verdict: Delicious, but I forgot how rabbity rabbit is when not grilled. Dakota - 'I'm not so keen on this'. Fair enough, she's not so keen on Jemima Puddleduck either...
Her verdict: My parents liked meat in chocolate sauce!
Thanks to all who participated for making my first hosting event a very memorable one indeed.