All has not been well in Wendy’s kitchen these last few weeks. An unprecedented amount of culinary disasters have resulted in a cooking confidence crisis. The major lows are as follows:
1.) Venison Stew with Chilli and Chocolate – Ah, this one hurt. D and I watched The Wild Gourmets a couple of weeks ago and this dish was cooked for a ceilidh. I thought it sounded fabulous, D thought it sounded minging, argument ensued. A couple of days ago (after spending some serious time finding a butcher with venison in stock) I made the stew. In a moment of sheer genius I decided to add cocoa powder to the marinade ingredients. The result was chunks of meat floating in hot chocolate. I refuse to tell D what happened.
2) Toad in the Hole -Never ever EVER again will I write a blog entry before making the dish. So sure was I that my Toad in the Hole was going to be fabulous, I had a post all ready and waiting to be published once my masterpiece had been caught on camera. What should have been juicy sausages encased in a crispy yet moist Yorkshire pudding batter ended up being soggy meat in some kind of custard. It wasn’t nice.
3) Leek and Goat’s Cheese Risotto – With no white wine in the house I used Chinese cooking wine. It’s very sweet. It’s much like sherry. It didn’t work at all. Moral of the story: always have wine in the house.
4) Tablet - A Scottish sweet made with butter and sugar and condensed milk. This was D’s disaster. He just can’t get it to set. Luckily, Alice-the-tablet-master is tutoring him and he reckons he’ll be on top of the situation in the next few weeks.
5) Exploding aubergine – Fun but not planned.
It doesn’t look like very much now it’s written down. Still, my parents are coming to visit this weekend and to err on the side of caution I’m going to make them my shepherd’s pie. Everyone always loves my shepherd’s pie. I surely can’t mess this up? Can I?
If all goes well I’ll post the recipe later this week.