I don’t know if you knew this, but I won the Paper Chef competition last month. And it was a nail-biter, too, because it was me against, uh…one other person. See, I don’t always plan things poorly.
The other contender was Ilva at Lucullian Delights, who runs the event. But lest you think that made it easy for me to win, just know that Ilva can cook me under the table any day of the week. Any day but that particular day, I guess. Or maybe last month’s judge was just feeling generous.
According to the rules, I become the judge of this month’s games. Which means I’ve spent the better part of the day drunk on power. Every time anyone in the house opens his mouth, I bang my meat mallet on the countertop and yell things like, “Order in the court” and “Contempt!” Whoever wins Paper Chef this time is going to have to pry my makeshift gavel out of my arthritic hands. It won’t be hard, I can assure you.
Without further ado, the ingredients for June (selected randomly from your suggestions) are:
And the fourth ingredient of my own choosing:
The lamb doesn’t have to be local, but you just might curry favor with your judge if it is (or if any of your other ingredients are) because this month’s theme is “local.” Big freaking surprise, I know. You can define local however you want, but within your own country is a good start. So, mention the names of your farm sources in your post. If you don’t have access to local lamb, don’t fret. You will not be disqualified. This is just a way to get some names out there since the small farmers don’t generally have any kind of PR budget unlike their well-funded competition.
So, get cooking. For the love of god (or whoever shames you), it doesn’t have to be a clean fight, but let there at least be some kind of fight involved this time. The official rules are at the new Paper Chef blog, but, basically, just make something with these four ingredients, post about it by midnight on Tuesday, June 10, and send a link to Ilva. Okay? Simple enough?
Good luck. This court is now adjourned. (Bang!)