Thursday, April 05, 2007

Check your list, check your cupboards

Note to self: When you plan to make a recipe and you say you have all the ingredients, it's a good idea to really double check. Just because you had a certain spice blend, doesn't mean you may not have thrown it away during a cleaning purge! Oops.

That said, I made Indian Butter Chicken and was missing two major ingredients. I substituted and moved on. The final dinner was pretty close to the real deal. I was missing fresh ginger. I used a teaspoon of dried, ground ginger. It was ok, but I really like the fresh ginger and pop it brings to the party. I was also missing the specific spice blend. I had it. But I got it over a year ago and probably just a month ago tossed it, as it was getting stale. Oh well. I substituted with another Indian spice blend and then just started adding shakes of this and that; cumin, cinnamon, fenugreek(sp?), some tandoori spice, some curry...and there were one or two others...oh, ground celery root...I was just playing. The final dish was pretty good!


1 comment:

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

I hate it when that happens. When we first moved to DC our appt building had a mini-mart on the first floor. That was sooooo handy when I found I was missing an ingredient. Since we moved, I really miss that convenience.