Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER......

Bakewell Tart, Chicken Marengo, Chocolate Chip Cookies..... Many are the great recipes invented by accident and, as every cook knows, sometimes the substitution of an ingredient with what he or she has to hand makes the dish turn out even better, despite the momentary panic that the situation may have caused.

Thus it was on Sunday evening when I decided to make the cold stuffed peppers again [or you can eat them hot, if you prefer] and found I had no milk to soak the breadcrumbs in.  I don't keep milk in the house, you see, as I don't drink it and am allergic to it [except for a little as an ingredient].  What else did I have?  Wine, water, passata? The important thing when you lack an ingredient, I've discovered, is not to lose your nerve so I looked around, then hit on the obvious solution, given where I live:  I soaked the pane grattugiato in the juice of a lovely, Sicilian lemon and the dish turned out so much better that I am resolved to do this every time!




10 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Sounds good, my husband is a great one for experimenting in the kitchen, with cooking that is!

CherryPie said...

Now you have made my mouth water :-)

rosaria williams said...

Wow! You are mastering the art of "accommodating", a wonderful art practiced in your part of the world for millenia.

James Higham said...

Cold stuffed peppers are never an afterthought.

Liz said...

Ah, we are just back from Younger Son's wedding in Piemonte and the memory of the 10 course feast followed by the 4 course supper still remains.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Made me smile, LindyLouMac, imagining what else he might get up to in there! Sorry, Cherie.... Hi, Rosaria. I try! Exactly, James. Hi, Liz. It must have been wonderful!

nothing here said...

Yes, I I often improvise somewhat in my cooking

On another topic but in the same vein to Blog or Not To Blog....

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, "Nothing here". Oh, I would say "to blog", definitely!

nothing here said...

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Yes I am inclined in that direction.

I have been, with that eventuality in mind, setting out page layouts, and content.

It would be minimal at best but enough for the purposes of reflection and further thought and research if one is so inclined

Way back I always wanted to have my own diary style magazine or such like

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, NH. I would encourage you to do it. You can do as much or as little as you like, publish when you like and go at your own pace. I think it's great fun playing with the various layouts, too. And I'm sure you have lots of interesting things to say!

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