In my mind, these two words are the scariest in the culinary dictionary. Growing up hearing mom say, we’re having stir fry for dinner could either mean something completely awesome or very bad, or sometimes just some combination of ingredients and flavors that were never meant to be. Stir fry in our house meant whatever we have mixed together… meat leftover from another meal, one or two veggies left in the crisp bin on their last leg, supplemented by odd pantry and freezer items… I think this is why I am an adventurous eater and am willing to try just about anything edible put in front of me. I forget sometimes that not everyone has such “dulled” taste-buds. I definitely forgot this when I had the bright idea to cook my version of indian curry at home and proceeded to invite people over to eat it with me. My approach to cooking is the 60% rule – If I see a recipe and I have over half of the ingredients called for, I’ll give it a try and fill the other 40% of ingredients missing with what I think would work. Similar to mom’s stir fry, this could mean something great or … what happened this particular night when I thought: Let’s sub broccoli for cauliflower, and since I gave up meat let’s add a starch for satiety’s sake – oh, how about these okinawan sweet potatoes? uh-oh, this isn’t enough sauce (read: I was using pre-packaged indian curry sauce) I’ll add some shoyu and some of this spice mix… Sounds incredibly delicious doesn’t it? Let’s just say this experiment didn’t work out so well, a few minutes before my poor neighbors Jenn and Mike arrived I had to throw in the towel and get take out. FAIL! As always though, when you break bread with great friends (and a few bottles of wine) dinner impossible still turned out to be a supermegaawesome night. Luckily Docrock and Phillip thought better of testing my concoctions and brought their own food when crashing the party.
What DID turn out great was a twist on jicama “salsa” I got through the twitter grapevine (thanks @harrycovair)
using diced jicama (from @otsujifarms), bell peppers, onion, cilantro and sambal. Much better the next day after the flavors marinated a bit but we (I) dug in almost immediately
So friends, next time you ask…. Do you EVER stay home? Why do you eat OUT so much? Here is your answer!