After a couple of years' reluctant absence, I was thrilled to attend the 2015 lab culinary competition at my workplace. This beloved tradition celebrates comfort baking, daring new recipes and clever presentation. Only a select few are prize winners (of plastic dinosaurs, lemon-juicing gadgets, grape-flavoured marshmallows and other miscellany), but everyone is guaranteed a very good lunch.
In keeping with the event's conviviality I include photos of all entries in my slideshow, and some do contain meat. Along the way you'll probably spot my two entries, a potato samosa salad (winner of the You Can Win Friends With Salad prize) and mini alfajores (winner of the Little Morsel award). I owe it all to Terry Hope Romero!