Remember the pumpkin cooking competition last academic year? This year the competition is back, and the current theme is POTATOES!!
There were 14 participating groups, each group consisting of 3 members. Potatoes, sugar, salt, oil is provided, the rest of the ingredients purchased by the group members themselves (most likely from Mydin) according to the recipe of choice.
However, the potatoes provided by this event organiser is rather low-grade, greening and sprouting potatoes, high content of solanine I would say, a glycoalkaloid poison whose toxicity may lead to gastrointestinal and neurological disorders, as taught by Nutritional Toxicology lectures LoL
Here are some of the end-products, viola!
A flower made by potato slices. This is the winning dish. Maybe because the outward appearance looked sort of fine-dining. I tasted the daging bergedil, aka beef & potatoes patty, and I thought, it tasted somewhat exact to the ones available in Kafe Murni, hence nothing eyebrow-raising.
Tis’ my favourite dish, potato lasagne and potato snowman, so cute and yummy!
Sneak peeks during preparation:
I know…some way another, I cannot escape from telling about what my group made, however embarrassing it may be.
I teamed up with Jamie & Pei Yen, trying to produce Potato Doughnuts, like kids having fun in the kitchen with boiled potatoes, egg, milk, flour, sugar.
The batter was not successful at first, too watery to form dough if we followed the random internet recipe exactly, so at the last hour or so we just kept adding in flour. I was in-charged of deep frying. Then we tried to sprinkle the rainbow rice on top but they refused to stick. We have a whole cup of leftover rainbow rice. Jamie vowed to dash it all on my bday cake soon.
After I sneaked to every other group to spy on their dish, I concluded and revealed to Jam & PY that, our group’s dish looked the lamest hahaha
But from the beginning until the end of this competition, we had one die-hard fan lol, dont understahd why she liked our donuts so much, she kept asking us the precise ingredients, the step-by-step progress, kept exclaiming “So Nice So Nice”, so “Crispy & Fragrant” etc. Haha even I myself didnt see the beauty of our product, but well, I appreciate our one and only customer.
The 3 judges. I envy them. Not just for cooking competitions, throughout the academic years and semesters of Principles of Food Preparation courses for Nutrition & Dietetic Students, their job is just to sit at the kitchen and eat and comment on all the food that we have prepared. Even though they live in the kitchen, they dont even have to clean the kitchen, we students do. Hence, their occupation qualify to enter my list of dream jobs-- USM’s PPSK’s food lab helper.
The main point of this event is not the evaluation of food preparation techniques, but the sheer bliss and barbarianism in feasting. Foods are tastier if you have to fight for it.