The February 2011 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by Lisa of Blueberry Girl. She challenged Daring Cooks to make Hiyashi Soba and Tempura. She has various sources for her challenge including japanesefood.about.com, pinkbites.com, and itsybitsyfoodies.com.
Although in my fourth month as a Daring Baker, this is my first Daring Cooks challenge! I figured that since I also like to cook, it would be good to challenge myself in that department, especially since I feel more comfortable with baking.
I was really excited about this challenge because I love tempura and Japanese food in general, but hadn’t ever tried to actually make either of these dishes. Let’s face it: I most likely wouldn’t have tried tempura on my own because deep frying is NOT something I ever contemplate attempting.
Anyway, despite my excitement, I didn’t actually complete this challenge until last night! Tsk! It took me a long time, too…I don’t know why I am SO SLOW in the kitchen.
But I did it. Continue reading