I have a few things to update you all on.... food related but not much to do with cooking.
1. I posted recently about how I had signed up to take part in RTE's Cook of the Year competition. Well I headed to Derry/Londonderry for the "auditions" on Saturday with the loverly Miss Geeky Pants who also entered.
It was such a fun morning! I made lamb and apricot stew with some edits that totally changes the taste of this recipe... don't worry I'll blog the new version soon! It was so tasty and the judges seemed to like it, the dish was left with them after talking to me and it came back almost empty!
There were 5 of us competing on Saturday and the competition was fierce! There was an incredibly mediterranean inspired potato bake, Miss Geeky Pants made an incredible Goan Curry, there was some good curried parsnip soup with wheaten bread and a beautiful sponge cake that was to die for!!!! We haven't heard yet who is through to the next round but should apparently know tomorrow! I'll keep you informed as tot he outcome for Miss Geeky Pants and I! Here's the 2 pics I took... I did mean to take more but was all caught up in the moment!
2. I've signed up as a "featured publisher" for Foodbuzz and so have some ads for them in my side bar.... which is another announcement in itself but I'll just tell you about it in this announcement because "Ruth's Kitchen Experiments" now has 2 side bars in order to facilitate the ads and not send all my stuff to the end of the blog (and I've also got a new header for the blog too). Supposedly I'll get a little money for the trouble of having the ads there, but I'll see how it goes, I doubt it'll be much, but it's better than "nowt"!!!
3. I've joined another cooking blogroll: The Great Cooks Blogroll. If you're a food blogger you should really sign up, it's a great way to get more traffic to your site but also a great way to build community and get some inspiration yourself! If you're not a food blogger, I still recommend having a look and getting some inspiration for your home cooking anyways and seeing what's out there!
Well I think that's all my news for now. I'll be sure to post the new and improved lamb and apricot stew and let you know the outcome of the auditions! Ciao for now!