Sunday, September 19, 2010

FoodBuzz Project Food Blog Challenge #1 – Ethnic Smorgasbord

Salted Caramel Brownies

Deep inside of me I have always wanted to be a star chef, be the next star on Food Network or just attend MasterChef but never taken the chance to switch careers or had an opportunity to.   

Today this opportunity came up and I jumped on it! I’m competing in the FoodBuzz challenge, The Project Food Blog 2010. The Project Food Blog 2010 is an interactive food competition where over 2,000 featured publishers (food bloggers) will compete in a virtual culinary cooking contest. There will be 10 blog challenges over the next 4 months. Each challenge will be followed by a voting period and if you pass you get to move on to the next challenge.  The one food blogger left standing will win $10,000 and a chance to be featured on FoodBuzz for a year.   

For the first challenge in The Project Food Blog 2010, we have to tell the world: what defines you as a food blogger and why should you be the next food blog star?   

So, these are my stories, my dreams and my hopes for Delishhh.   

The Best Minestrone

I have to start at the beginning. I was born into a family of gourmet cooks that stirred my passion for food.  My mother is of Easter European origin and my father of Swedish origin.  I was born and raised most in Sweden, but we moved to South East Asia and traveled all around until I ended up in the United States.   

At a very young age I was dragged around the world and introduced to all kinds of cuisines.   

Thai Crab Cakes

Our family dinners were always an ethnic smorgasbord and including anything from home made cheeses, to pickled herring, to spicy Thai chicken soups. As we lived in SE Asia there were many western food items that were not available to us, hence, the home made cheeses.  We had to learn how to make our ordinary food items from scratch.   


My parents loved to cook, entertain and try new things and places.  As a kid I watched and learned and I was the “assistant” in the kitchen.  Three days before a dinner party a menu was set, and groceries bought.  And days before we would be in the kitchen cooking starting at 6am to late at night preparing everything from stocks, to pâté’s, to gravlax.  It was my parents who taught me that cooking is an art; anyone can cook from a recipe, but not everyone can create something special from within.  Those are the words that stick with me. To this day, I am always trying to challenge myself. When I go out and eat, if I really like something, I try to go home and recreate it, sometimes with success and sometimes with failure.  But that is part of growing as an artist.   

Poached Egg

Until now, all I did with my inner chef was to cook for my family and friends.  I love to entertain and try new things, introduce people to cuisines from all around the world and see people’s faces as they eat what I created.  It is a great feeling of accomplishment.   

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

My love for food, cooking and entertaining was just a hobby on the side and I always wanted to figure out what else I could do with it.   

That is when I started Delishhh, my pet project, to not only jot down my recipes, but to document and be able to share with others.   

Delishhh has been a huge satisfaction to me, the same way when I see people eating my food.  I have been able to use my technical computer skills and on the way, I have discovered a new and exciting hobby: photography.  I never thought I would enjoy taking still pictures of food but as it turns out it is almost as much fun as cooking and eating.   

Pumpkin Muffins

I hope you join me in my culinary challenges and share my dream to become a star chef!   

Please become a follower by subscribing!     

Voting opens on The Project Food Blog 2010 at 6:00 am Pacific Time September 20th and voting closes 6:00 pm Pacific Time September 23rd.   

Challenges are voted on by Foodbuzz Featured Publisher peers and rated by a panel of judges including: Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of FOOD & WINE Magazine, Nancy Silverton, Founder La Brea Bakery, Co-owner Mozza, Pim Techamuanvivit, Author of ChezPim and The Foodie Handbook.

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44 Responses to “FoodBuzz Project Food Blog Challenge #1 – Ethnic Smorgasbord”

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    Alessandra — September 19, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    What a beautiful story, I wish you all the best for your passion.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 20th, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

      Alessandra – Thank you for stopping by i really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed it. Come back soon.

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    Baking Barrister — September 19, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    That pumpkin muffin and I? We’re going to be good friends. And fast. You were so lucky to grow up with such a food experience–I really envy that. There’s so much I’d love to learn to make from scratch, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this blog. Good luck with PFB! You’ve got my vote.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 9:51 am

      Baking Barrister – You got my vote on the 2nd challange. Loved the post. How do you do the multiple pictures into one picture? The Pumpkin Muffin recipe i have not posted yet but will soon 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    Joan Nova — September 19, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    Very nice entry and beautiful photographs. Good luck in the challenge.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 9:53 am

      Joan, thanks for stopping by. Hopefully i get your vote on the 2nd challange. You got my vote. Love your blog!

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    Maddie — September 19, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Ewa, I loved this post! So interesting to hear all these snippets about your childhood…I hope you share lots more of them going forward. Best of luck with the challenges. 🙂

    Also—those salted caramel brownies and I are going to be great friends. I just know it.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 10:15 am

      Maddie – Thanks! I don’t post a lot about my personal life here so i got lots of good feedback on this one 🙂 I haven’t posted the salted caramel recipe yet but will soon. It was amazing!

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    Ashlee — September 19, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing you life with us. I am loving reading about everyone’s life during this foodbuzz challenge. I posted my FBC blog yesterday. Check it out and let me know what you think.

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

      Aslee – Thank you for visiting. I did enjoy reading about everyone too. I hope you will be back soon.

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    Carrie — September 19, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    You’re so lucky to have all those influences! Love to hear about my fellow bloggers’ backgrounds, really awesome.

    P.S. The picture of that poached egg is *perfect*

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

      Carrie – Hi again, always love reading your posts 🙂 My favorite way of cooking an egg is poaching and it was to be soft 🙂 Love it.

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    Andy Sack — September 20, 2010 @ 10:19 am

    Awesome entry! The photos are great. I knew your parents were big foodies…but who knew there was such an innerchef inside you!

    Go get them! Happy to be a taste tester!

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    Privet and Holly — September 20, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    What an interesting way to grow up!
    We ate a lot of different cuisines, too…
    My mom is a fantastic and adventuresome
    cook and we love collaborating on new
    recipe ideas. I will visit The Project and
    cast my vote for you. Good luck and
    enjoy the ride!!!
    xx Suzanne

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

      Suzanne – Not only can you cook but you can decorate 🙂 I wish i could do both too. .

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    Juliana — September 20, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Great photos…they all look delicious, very well presented…good luck in your entry 🙂

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

      Juliana – Thank you for the good luck wishes. I made it to round two. So please vote again!

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    Life with Kaishon — September 20, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    Holy wow. Your food looks so amazing. What deliciousness! : ) So glad you were above me at SITS so I could pop in for a visit. I am totally drooling over that brownie. Scrumptious! : )

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

      Hi – Thanks for stopping by. SITS is great. Hopefully you can come by again soon.

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    Jacob's Kitchen — September 20, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Great post, and fabulous photos! Excuse me while I drool. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

    Check out my PFB post :

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

      Jacob – thanks for stopping by and good luck on challange #2. I voted for you. Question – how did you become involved with CSN?

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    SeahorseSusie — September 20, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    good on ‘ya, grrringo! i was also brought up with parents that had cooking as one of their hobbies with me as the eager assistant. my father used to spend a lot of time in the kitchen of a french restaurant (when holidaying in Paris) and then try to do the same dish at home. he could also open the pantry doors and create a yummy dinner for the family but i still have to follow a recipe to the letter the first time i make that dish.
    i will join your club and vote for you! good luck!

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

      Susie – So nice of you to stop by. Lucky you 🙂 I am sure if you make it a few times you don;t have to follow it and then when you are comfortable you start making changes here and there. Thanks for the vote. Hope to see you here soon again.

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    January/Thella — September 20, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    hi! i have already voted for you and hope that you’re enjoying PFB as much as i do 🙂 btw, if you have a spare vote, i hope you can consider my entry too thanks!

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

      Hi – Thanks for stopping by. I voted for you on #2.

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    IslandEAT — September 20, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    Hi, Ewa. It was fun to learn more about you and your past. I’m not able to compete due to travel next month, but I voted for you as a featured publisher.

    Best of luck,


    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

      Dan – You would have done well in the competition. I am on round #2 now, let see how long I can last 🙂 Thanks for the vote.

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    Alissa @ Not Just Apples — September 21, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    i think the joy of cooking food is in trying out all sorts of foods from different nations, so I adore your blog! pumpkin muffins and thai fish cakes, yum 🙂

    • Delishhh replied: — September 29th, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

      Alisssa – Thank you for stopping by. Did you get your new puppie? He was so cute. Come back soon.

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    Amelia from Z Tasty Life — September 21, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    so nice to meet you (discovered you as a fellow Project Food Blog challenger)!
    I liked to hear about how you were introduced to good food from your family. I too was that lucky! That poached egg is wonderfully cooked.

    • Delishhh replied: — October 11th, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

      Amelia – So nice to see you here. Your are doing really well in the Project Food blog competition and i voted for you again. Hope to see you back soon.

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    Mariko — September 21, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    That poached egg clinched it. I love your story.
    I loved Masterchef. Wish I had some more guts.
    You have my vote!

    • Delishhh replied: — October 20th, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

      Mariko – Thanks for stopping by here. It will be interesting to see who wins the project. Hope to see you back.

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    Peter — September 21, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

    Great entry, you got our vote!

    I’ll be very curious to see what your next challenge entry is. Like you, I’ve had experience in a number of cultures and cuisines, so an unfamiliar one will be a challenge in itself!

    • Delishhh replied: — November 28th, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

      Peter – Thanks for the comment. I have been following Foodbuzz all the way and the entrees have been excellent. Especially yours and i have been voting. Hopefully you are onto challenge #8 now. Good luck!

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    Savory Sweeet Living — September 22, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    Your food looks beautiful and love your entry. You got my vote, good luck with the competition!

    • Delishhh replied: — November 28th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

      Savory Sweet Living – Sorry the competition ended for you too. I have been following the foodbuzz challange the entries have been great. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

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    Reeni — September 23, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    It was nice to hear more about you! Thanks for voting for me and for your support. I voted for you too – wish you the best!

    • Delishhh replied: — November 29th, 2010 @ 10:51 am

      Reeni – The foodbuzz project was a blast. Did you enjoy it as well? I followed everyone along and everyone did so much work too. Hope you can stop by soon again.

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    Jacob's Kitchen — September 29, 2010 @ 1:04 pm


    I have shopped for numerous things on CSN, and was contacted by them and asked if I wanted to do a review or giveaway on my site. And I happily agreed. =)

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