You had to invent a topping for plain yoghurt; no cooking involved, just something scrummy to throw over the low-fat base. After a bit of deliberation, I invented one sweet topping and 2 savoury. There were so many brilliant entries so competition was stiff! Here's hoping that my ideas inspire the judges to give me that trip to NYC!
Firstly the sweet one:
We have here a Nutella kind of thing going on, which is always good. Onto the plain, unadorned yoghurt I placed chopped hazelnuts, dark chocolate, some coffee granules and I carefully poured some Frangelico down the sides. This was rather delish I must say. I got a comment saying they liked the sound of the combo. Sounds hopeful to me. :)
Next I came up with ideas for a Moroccan chicken inspired dish:
Here we have yoghurt topped with chopped chicken, preserved lemon, currants, pistachios, ras-el-hanout and lemon oil. This was a real winner I reckon:) Of course Mr Pickings and I had to eat all the lovelies I had made so by the end of the day we were very full!
And then we come to my last one, tuna and other bits:
Well there were a few changes along the way here; it ended up being tuna plus semi-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, basil leaves, salt and pepper, caramelized balsamic vinegar and lemon zest. I started off with artichoke hearts but changed my mind after tasting it. It really needed a bit more zing and crunch!
My fave was the Nutella-inspired one with the Moroccan chicken not far behind. With any luck, I will be able to eat my toppings in New York, as part of the prize is to have your recipe on their menu. That would be a wonderful thing!