Platinum Chef Challenge – Round 5 Wrap-Up

Well ladies (and gents if you’re out there!), we’ve had 5 successful weeks of Platinum Chef so far and I’m really happy this event has achieved some popularity and there have been some fabulous contributions. Round 5′s challenge included black beans, avocado, rice, basil, and grapes. It was a challenge indeed! But again, we proved that these flavors actually can work together and compliment each other.

Kate from Paved with Good Intentions was once again inspired to make something with Mexican flair. She started off with a yummy black bean burrito with avocado and rice. Can’t go wrong with that classic combination! She also prepared a summer spinach salad with grapes, wild rice, basil, and blue cheese. And she washed it all down with a grape-basil cocktail. Sounds so refreshing!

ErikaBean’s Bistro decided to focus on rice and made some fish and rice cakes studded with raisins and black beans and complimented by an avocado sauce. She wonders where in the world one might find such an unusual combination in one dish; I say Maine!

Stefany from Proceed with Caution caught the sandwich bug. She made two delicious sounding creations: A chicken salad with grapes and basil-avocado spread, and black bean burgers. These look fabulous, I am really impressed by how “meaty” the burgers look!

Steph joined us for her first Challenge and was very excited to do so, since two of her regular dishes fit perfectly with these ingredients. First, her avocado salad got an Italian spin with homemade dried basil and grape-infused balsamic vinegar. Followed by a classic black bean burrito for a tasty meal!

And finally, you can read about my entry here. I served a light meal of avocado stuffed with grape and rice salad, over mango and black bean puree.

  Pin It

5 Responses to “Platinum Chef Challenge – Round 5 Wrap-Up”

  1. 1

    Joelen — September 9, 2007 @ 4:25 am Reply

    Drats! I missed this challenge and I had all the ingredients…. next time, I hope I can participate and submit! :)

  2. 2

    Nunnie's Attic — September 10, 2007 @ 7:39 pm Reply

    I love this concept. Iron chef meets Door Knock dinners. I found you through Emilie Eats blog and I really would love to get that pumpkin bread pudding recipe. I am almost salivating.Check out my blog if you have a chance. Not all about cooking. But I do love to do it.Thanks!!Julie

  3. 3

    dX-XeL — September 11, 2007 @ 9:28 am Reply

    Hi,You have great blog. Would you mind to have a link exchange with me?Please email me if you are interested.my email : kamarul[at]hoteltravel[dot]comI’d like to exchange your link with our company website.Thanks.Note: You can delete this comment.

  4. 4

    Nunnie's Attic — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    I love this concept. Iron chef meets Door Knock dinners. I found you through Emilie Eats blog and I really would love to get that pumpkin bread pudding recipe. I am almost salivating.Check out my blog if you have a chance. Not all about cooking. But I do love to do it.Thanks!!Julie

  5. 5

    Joelen — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    Drats! I missed this challenge and I had all the ingredients…. next time, I hope I can participate and submit! :)

Leave a Comment