I have entered a cooking contest! My first one ever! What was I thinking?
I’m nervous! I’ve cooked and baked for parties and family through the years and accepted their compliments and gentle criticisms, but I’ve never had my food judged by strangers before. We’ll see if I have the thick skin necessary to accept any negative feedback! What if they can’t stand my plate? What if the presentation falls apart at the last minute? I keep on trying to remind myself that it’s all in the name of fun, but as you can tell…I have real issues, unlike the serene beauty above!
I will participate in the Tournament de Tuna on Saturday! It’s a means of introducing Queen of the Coast Tuna to the US. Imported from Portugal by LaRuche Imports, Inc., the tuna comes canned in water or oil, or as ready-to-eat salads with either chickpeas; peas and carrots; black-eyed peas; and red beans and sweet corn. All packed in easy-to-open cans, these salads stand alone as delicious and healthy meals.
I am using the Tuna Salad with Chick Peas in my dish. My mind is spinning with ideas and ingredients – I haven’t bought canned tuna in years because we have been enjoying the benefits of fresh tuna. Do I play it safe with a Mediterranean dish? Do I add a twist with Mexican flavors, Moroccan, Caribbean spices or how about a little Asian ginger and lemongrass? As you can see, I’m all over the map but I’m narrowing it down slowly. I can’t tell you what it will be…there are competitors lurking on this site, you know.
Karen, Joan and Amber at Soundworks have been a lot of fun as they have encouraged my friend Chantal and me along the way. And there’s an added bonus – we will meet the mysterious and unabashedly handsome Raphael, lover of women, romance, tuna and the sea! Follow the hype on facebook and enter the contest for a chance to win a trip to Portugal.
And most of all - WISH ME LUCK!!!