Culinary Good Intentions Gone Awry
January 8th, 2010
One of my New Year’s resolutions (if I did them, which I don’t) is to reach outside my comfort zone more in cooking. I like to cook and I present a pretty varied menu, but I don’t often challenge myself to try odd foods or foods I’m not convinced I like. But that’s going to change.
I kicked off this new adventure with Cauliflower. Now, this may not seem adventurous or bold, but the truth of the matter is, I’ve never been a fan of cauliflower. I’ve had a few obligatory nibbles off of veggies trays over the years and the stuff turned up in various dishes in India, but I was never very impressed.
But I happened upon a recipe that looked promising in a low carb cookbook. It suggested that if you pulsed cauliflower in the food processor, it would wind up the consistency of couscous (which I love) and, after some gentle sauteing, could be used in lieu of a carby side dish.
I was intrigued.
Two nights ago, I duly pulsed and sauteed, and served a pork curry over a bed of cauliflower couscous. And indeed, the veggie substitute did look quite a lot like couscous.
Sadly, it did not taste like couscous. It tasted like cauliflower. It was awful. Josh took one bite and politely moved it to the side of his plate. Miss Mouse wouldn’t even open her mouth for a sample. I gamely ate about half of mine before giving up. And, in an example of culinary Murphy’s Law, the pork curry wasn’t good either. It was horribly dry.
The only thing positive that came out of the dining experience was that I discovered Miss Mouse enjoys raw red pepper as a snack. Such a marvelous discovery almost makes the disastrous dinner worth it!