It, however, doesn't stop me thinking I can enter every contest I can find. Last month, the Feisty Chef had a photo contest in celebration of her blogiversairy in which you could win a private dinner for nine with the chef herself. Simply make one of her recipes, snap a pic, and get your friends voting. I take pics of my food on the daily so I thought I'd be golden. Loving anything avocado, I decided on this chickpea, avocado, and tomato salad with a tahini za'atar dressing. I even opted to whip up my own za'atar with thyme, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, a pinch of cumin, and salt.
|chickpea, avocado & tomato salad + homemade za'atar|
Then, there was the Chronicle Herald cupcake photo contest last month in which you could win a KitchenAid stand mixer. I knew I wouldn't be messing around with no fondant so, with a few days left to submit, I finally found the time to bake up a cupcake that would rival any fondant masterpiece. There was the baking, the clean up, the buttercream, the clean up, the salted caramel, the photo shoot and, surprise surprise, the clean up. All totally worth it.
|chocolate espresso cupcake + brown butter buttercream + caramel + sea salt|
Did I win you ask? Funny story that. Though I had a plan, or rather thought I had a plan, I completely missed the deadline, thinking it was days later. In fact, my cupcakes were baking in the oven as the contest drew to a close. Another timing fail. But then again isn't sharing a cupcake shot with friends a total win?
Besides, there is no better prize than bringing a smile to a friend's buttercream covered face.