Normally, if a recipe doesn’t work out, I just send it off on a Viking funeral (figuratively, rest assured) and graciously let it go. It happens, sometimes even with trusted sources; cooking is a combination of art and science, and I’m comfortable with that. There are dozens of food-related ideas swirling in my brain-sphere at any given moment, and when something doesn’t pan out, I’m happy to move on.
I wasn’t even that into you, coconut rum cake. Whatever. Onto the pyre you go.
I’m always happy to move on, but the exception remains in these zucchini-feta pancakes. I dutifully followed my beloved Moosewood Cookbook‘s guidance.
Step 1: I grated, chopped, whipped and folded as instructed.
Step 2: I ended up with goo that stuck to the pan and was never going to form itself into cohesive pancake units no matter how hard I tried.
Step 3: I ate that mess anyway. It was a delicious, sad mess.
Step 4: So, I thought about what might have gone wrong and set out to fix it.
If you’re not hopelessly nerdy like me, you probably won’t like this post and I’m totally sorry. There is a fantastic (not bragging, because it’s not mine!) recipe for minestrone soup if you scroll down.
So, it goes like this: When I was juuust starting to cook as a thing–a hobby–I picked up Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking and started to read it as if it were a novel. It’s a serious book for serious Italian cuisine, and soon enough, I came across this: “The least acceptable method of preparing garlic is squeezing it through a press.”
Uh oh. I totally had (and used) a garlic press.
Posted in Healthy (?), Italian, Main courses, Soup, Vegetarian, weekend
Tagged beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, comfort food, green beans, onion, soup, vegetables, white beans, zucchini
Sometimes I drag my laptop into the kitchen with me–sometimes for recipes, sometimes for some tunes. I love me some tunes. I don’t know what it is about cooking, but iTunes spits out just the most brilliant shuffle-driven playlists EVER when I’m cooking. If technology is going to have a human-murdering uprising spree… We’ll probably have a pretty good soundtrack, which means I’m like 80% okay with it. Ahem.
So I made you some crepes for breakfast, filled with fresh, delicious end-of-summer sweet corn and zucchini. And a fried egg. Oh, and I thought I’d share this rather killer playlist my computer magically concocted for me while I was making them. Sometimes I swear my iTunes has a humanlike, aesthetically attuned brain and it’s better than mine.