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I had a great time. The dishes were interesting and tasty and it was a fun challenge for everyone. I think it was different this time because everyone could only use 5 ingredients so the focus during the discussion part was on what ingredients and how many ingredients had been used. However everyone seemed happy with the discussion being like this at the time. Usually there is more discussion around preparation and technique. I also think it was harder to talk about our dishes as the group was larger but then the number attending was increased to make up for the no shows we had been getting recently, however everyone turned up except Patricia who sadly got lost, and so there was a larger number of people to talk about their dishes and more dishes on the table than usual.
2 · May 20
This is a great group and it is clear that the people who attend have a passion for cooking wholesome and delicious food and do not just see it as a pot luck where they bring something they picked up at a supermarket on the way. It was just that various factors led to the discussion part being hurried and not as in depth as usual this time.
2 · May 20
If you're still having trouble finding your dish for this meal, you can Google "5 ingredients" and get all the help you could want. First thing that came up for me was Cooking Light, which had this 5-ingredient definition: "Each recipe here uses 5 or fewer ingredients (not counting salt, pepper, butter, oil, and optional ingredients)." For our purposes, optional ingredients would probably be a cheat, but the rest seems fair. I agree, it's harder than I thought it would be. I had to give up on carbonara, just couldn't squeeze out a 6th ingredient by anyone's definition, LOL.
0 · May 12
This should have the rules of Splendid Table's Stump the Chef episodes: things found in every kitchen (salt, pepper, oil, for example) are exempt from the ingredient count. Probably also common herbs and spices: black garlic would be an ingredient, garlic powder would not. What do the rest of you think?
2 · April 14