Feb. 5, 2011 10:42 pm
Updated: Feb. 10, 2011 2:26 pm
I almost don't want to share, but then, that's what this site is all about, right. Besides, if one can't laugh with friends, just what are we all doing?
It all began Friday, when I stumbled on a recipe for Italian Rice Balls, that sounded more than interesting. The first issue I had, was being out of rice, but I was convinced that I had some "instant" that a friend had picked me up (by mistake...) After rooting
through the pantry twice, and checking my one "over flow" cupboard, I thought to look in the corner cabinet where I store pasta, dry beans, and the like, and I found a lucite cannister containing some strange looking "rice," but then, I don't often use the
instant, I find it has an odd texture when cooked. So, I made up the "rice," with the intention of letting it cool to room temp, to use today... Now, once again, the "finished" product looked strange, but I figured perhaps I'd not made it properly... it
had become a mushy texture. Following the recipe, sort of, I cut down the amounts as I didn't want to feed an army Sunday... after all, I don't follow sports, and expect to be home alone again Sunday.
Now, I had planned on using panko, to bread the balls, I couldn't find the box I just knew I still had... somewhere!
Once the "balls" had been breaded, I began frying them in the skillet. As I expected, they did turn a wonderful crunchy golden brown, just took a little rolling them around, as I didn't deep fry. Once the last batch came out of the hot, bubbling oil, I decided
to try one of these morsels. Now, I'm not too sure just when the thought passed through my pea brain... could it be? No... surely not!! Could the strange looking rice actually BE the missing panko? Could I make such a ridiculous error?
Well, sad but true, I had mistaken the panko for instant rice (which I still haven't found. ) The finished product was edible, despite being somewhat "stodgy," they did have good flavor! I seriously doubt that they will all be eaten, at least not by humans!
I don't think the dogs will mind one bit... it's just sad that I wasted the ingredients - but at least I DID cut down the recipe! I have, however, learned an extremely important lesson: ALWAYS put on your reading glasses, when selecting ingredients! When
you can't see past the end of your nose without, don't trust your eyes! I've been "blind as a bat" for some time now, you'd think I would have learned my lesson already! In fact, I think I've given a whole new meaning to "cooking crazy!" Perhaps there is
still hope for me.
Till next time... try not to make such a crazy mistake, but, if you have, feel free to share! I'd hate to think I'm alone in that respect!!