Wednesday, February 16, 2011
do any of you struggle to have just the right ingredients on hand for the recipes you want to make? i plan a menu, i shop accordingly, and yet i still find myself, time after time, missing an ingredient when it is time to make dinner. take tonight for example. i've wanted to try this thai beef noodle recipe for a while. it called for sprouts, cucumber, and cilantro. not to mention noodles, beef, and flavorings. anyway, i couldn't find sprouts for sale in the stores i normally go to so i finally decided to grow my own. i bought cucumbers and cilantro. well, by the time the sprouts grew enough to make me give up on having them be long tall sprouts like i've seen at salad bars, i decided i needed to make the dish. i dove into the crisper only to discover the cucumber was slimy. yep. well, by this time the beef was thawed and i was determined to make it. i decided i could use celery and carrots in their place - after all, it's basically a noodle stir fry type dish - all vegetables are good. as i got making it i discovered it also called for fresh ginger. i had some on hand at the time i first decided to make this recipe, but apparently somewhere in between it went bad and i threw it out. so guess what i used instead? pickled ginger - like the kind you eat with sushi. i figure it's just a bit more flavorful, and being pink won't matter much since there are carrot shavings in there too. it all blends. and truth be told, it's rather delicious. i just hate thinking of the fresh produce i wasted. i really need to be better organized with my menu planning i think.