Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I attempted a new dish last night, courtesy of Mike. Perhaps his attention span is too short, or maybe mine is. I think my reading comprehension is on target, but something was off, that's for sure.
Mike's post on roasted sausages, bell peppers, potatoes and onions sounded great in theory. Basically a type of cassoulet. You can see all the ingredients in the title pic.
The prep is simple and it mixes up really nice. It looks pretty. And if Fernando taught us anything, it's that looking good is better than feeling good - or tasting good, apparently.
Mike did tell me that if it didn't turn out, I could blame Peter. Peter can consider himself blamed.
I followed the recipe to the letter. Well, until the last 20 minutes. But I could not cook this 20-30 minutes longer.
It cooked down to nothing and many of the veggies were charred. Black as the hills, I tellz ya.
I agree with Mike that there is no way this could serve six. You can see that when still in raw form, it looked like a heck of a lot of grub, but like cold water on a penis, you get shrinkage.
I truly believe the dish has potential, but the first time out of the gate blew - and it blew hard. It had some good flavour beneath the black (the orange juice and balsamic were genius, I must say!) , but I should have known at the first stir a half hour mark that it shouldn't have gone the full hour. I mean, I didn't even let it go the last 20-30 and it was finished. Had I, I'm not sure we could have served two - and even then, those whoever those two were, wouldn't have touched it.
It was my luck that we had a bunch of cookies, because that is what I ended up eating and getting full on. So that was the silver lining.
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