Learnin' Me Something
May 8, 2013 6:46 pm
Updated: May 14, 2013 6:48 am
I learned several tings with cooking today. First, I learned that when you write a recipe, you really need to expend every effort into making sure a new cook would understand what you are trying to get them to do. Next, I learned
that soy sauce doesn't make something Asian. Last, I learned that I have a long way to go to learn how to pair foods successfully.
I've been wanting to make
Orange Juice Cake
since I first saw the recipe a couple of weeks ago. The photograph looks so tasty! It is so orange that I suspect whoever took the photo must have added food coloring to the cake. Mine didn't turn out that orange and I followed the recipe
as closely as I could. One thing I noticed about the recipe is that it isn't very clear on how to apply the sauce. I'm sure someone with more experience in making this type of cake would disagree with me, but it was my first bundt cake ever, and I really didn't
understand what the heck they wanted me to do. I must have done it well enough though as half of the cake is gone and only three of us were home to eat it!
I was building a meal plan early today, and wanted something fish and different. I settled on an
Asian Ginger Catfish
dish. As I was going through recipes, I was struck by how many "Asian" dishes there were and how many of them are Asian by virtue of having soy sauce as an ingredient.
I think this one was actually more Asian than many of the others I looked at. This recipe had the obligatory (seemingly) soy sauce, but it also included fresh ginger, garlic and a good helping of scallions. It called for button mushrooms, but I used shitakes
because that's what I had. It turned out pretty good, though the fish was either under done or cat fish doesn't get flaky when cooked. It was more spongy than flaky. Still, it would have been great served over a nice pile of basmati rice. Sadly, that is the
last thing I learned today.
Instead of serving it over rice, I decided to make a penne salad with ricotta and blue cheese, arugula and artichoke hearts, and well, a cast of thousands. The salad was great! The fish was really good too. Together they were
awful. I really need to learn the importance of pairing foods!
Asian Ginger Catfish And Penne Salad
Asian Ginger Catfish