ARF/5-A-Day #118

by Cate on May 6, 2008

It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, it sucks.  A failed recipe.  A recipe that absolutely could not be salvaged.  With a meeting tonight at Nicholas‘ school, dinner had to be fast, and to save even more time, I wanted to avoid a trip to the grocery store and use ingredients I already had on hand.   When putting away groceries the other day, I spied a can of coconut milk that was bought for a long-since-forgotten-never-made recipe, so when I came across a recipe for Thai Shrimp Pasta in a recent issue of Quick & Simple magazine, it was kismet.  I had a small bit of frozen shrimp to use up, added some roasted tomatoes to fulfill my ARF/5-A-Day requirement, a bunch of cooked pasta, fresh cilantro, salt, pepper and curry powder and dinner was done. 

I twirled one bite on my fork, keeping an eye on the clock, and gave it a try.  Yuck.  But maybe I was too harsh, I thought, as I went in for a second bite.  Nope.  Still dreadful, as I pushed my plate to the side.  If I had more time and motivation, I suppose it could have been salvaged (perhaps making the sauce with a little bit of peanut butter, keeping in the Thai realm, but bringing it a little more Asian), but then am I just throwing away more good ingredients?  In this case, I think so.   I was bummed (and now hungry!), but they can’t all be winners.

Now to see the luck fellow food bloggers had tonight…

Sounds like Claire from Cooking Is Medicine was having much of the same with her Chicken Squash Spaghetti:

The Cookbook Junkie is back with a recipe for Colorful Coleslaw, putting her newest cookbook to use:

Diet, Dessert and Dogs put a cooking class recipe to work with her Raw Nori Rolls:

Sarah from What Smells So Good shares her take on pasties.  Mmmm, now I have a total craving … pasties are something along the lines of a handheld little meat pie that were particularly popular with coal miners, as the pies kept their hands warm while they were working:

Newcomer The Spiced Life finishes us off this week with her Chipotle Turkey Chili Verde:

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Ricki May 7, 2008 at 12:09 am

Sorry to hear about the pasta! Though that ingredient list did sound good. . .

Well, lots of other recipes to try in this week’s roundup. . .thanks for putting it together!


Jeff May 8, 2008 at 10:09 am

Hug…we have all been there. Me way to many times to count. Even stuff I have succesfully done in the past I can manage to screw up everynow and then.


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