I have been cooking for a long time and have had my fair share of failures in the kitchen. No Baking Papa is a pretty good sport when it comes to eating some of my creations. Rarely is the whole meal a bust for him - that
is until last night.
In reality, he is a burger and fries kind of guy. He is suspicious of new ingredients. With the exception of Asian food, which he loves, he really wants to know what every little green speck is on his plate.
Last nights suspect ingredient was capers. He was not impressed. My first mistake was springing TWO new recipes on him at one time. His nose told him well ahead of time that he wasn't getting a burger and fries.
Lemon Chicken Piccata and Garlic Parmesan Orso were the new recipes of the day. I have made Chicken Piccata for him before - but not this recipe. I will admit that the sauce for the Piccata was really lemony and very bitter.
I blamed the lemon - he blamed the capers.
Unfortunately, when plating the food I dowsed both the chicken and the Orzo with the sauce. I made butternut squash, which he normally loves but by the time I had plated the food and took it's picture the squash was cold.
He was not impressed with the little balls of squash, which I thought were cute. Nope not impressed at all.
Two bites and he was done. Thank God we didn't have company for dinner - just he and I had to suffer through this disaster of a dinner.
The saving grace of the night was the Cheese Babka. Also a new recipe and fortunately it was a hit. I had never made Babka before but it involved yeast and that was good enough reason alone for me to give this recipe a whirl.
It also involved lemon and I was fearful that the bitterness of the lemon in the Chicken Piccata would continue to haunt me. The babka was delicious - no bitterness at all. It is a cross between a cake and a bread. I don't know how this is served in Poland
but last night it was the star of the show in our house.
To redeem myself - tonight is burger and fries night.
I better wait a while to spring another "new" recipe on him lest he grab his keys and head out to the local fast food joint.