“And, most dear actors, eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath” – Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Building a list of 30 recipes was more difficult than I’d thought. I got about ten down and realized I needed to ask the audience. I got lots of great suggestions and the promise of one family recipe. Annnnnd of course some silly ones. You know who you are- Haggis?! C’mon. So here’s how I weeded them out for purposes of “the list”.
1. Some things have been done.
I have conquered, with varying success, cheesecake, thanksgiving turkey, fondue, creme brulee, etc. (pats self on back). When you love eating and buying kitchen tools, its inevitable that some things get crossed off the list.
2. Some required preparation that seemed borderline irresponsible.
Sushi is best left to experts…..yes, Hy-Vee, I’m looking at you. I know a little about food and our house is equipped with proper refrigeration, but still.
Ceviche was also on my list at one point. Ceviche is raw fish “cooked” in acid from limes. Fresh, light, delicious…and yet, what if its under “cooked”?? Poisoning of one’s handsome husband is typically frowned upon– better left to the lyrics of weird country songs by singers of questionable patriotism (oh relax..I’m joking!)
So we’ll stick with some less exotic cooking methods and keep ourselves a safe distance from the ER.
This should also serve as a fair warning for all of you thinking of deep frying a turkey.
3. Ingredients had to be quasi-attainable and debit card friendly.
When I started, I threw lobster on the list. In a flourish, I added a standing crown roast. I was just getting warmed up! Then, I added a whole salmon!! And Beef Wellington….of finest beef fillet!! Truffles!! Are you sure, truffles? YES! And langostines!! That would be decadent!!! Wait…langostines? As in shipped fresh from the deep waters of Norway? Hmmmm…
So, I did a little editing. Onto the list went equally challenging bouillabaisse and gumbo and souffle, and off came quail eggs and truffles and langostines. When I win Publisher’s Clearing House next month, (someone in my area is guaranteed to win!!) I will apportion some winnings to an unlimited grocery budget. And you can all come over and drink champagne and feast on truffles served by trained langostines in chef’s hats. But until then….I will take on Shepherd’s pie, coq au vin, and key lime pie.
4. Variety is the spice of life and the key to avoiding complete failure.
I didn’t want to set myself up for failure, so I did a mix of things. Although it requires effort, I’m pretty sure I can come out ok on homemade applesauce. Souffle…. now that will be a cliffhanger!!
So there it is, the genesis of the list. Feel free to weigh in. Tell me, what did I forget??