The uncertainty in life can alter the best of plans. It is quite the challenge for those organized types. Fortunately, this time at least, I’m not one of them. Are you starting to wonder how this ties to a review of last weeks What’s Cooking recipes? I’m thinking its an attempt to capture the whimsy of life’s uncertainty, but probably it’s just avoidance. See, I was forced to alter last weeks plan. The good news is that I did make Stuffed Peppers, the bad news is that I didn’t make Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables. Instead of the stew I made some rather plan taco meat with ground beef and boxed taco seasoning. Not much to say about that one.
Here’s the story. Sunday brought an unexpected event that cut my grocery store visit short. I had to rush through in a grab and go fashion that relied on memory and not a prepared shopping list. I’m not complaining, the less time in the grocery store the better, but it did affect my recipes for the week. The pepper recipe was easy and I remembered most of the items on that list with the exception of spinach and sun dried tomatoes. No problem there, I substituted kale for the spinach and diced tomatoes for the sun dried tomatoes. Easy. While were on that recipe let me add that it turned out well. It received good reviews from everyone. If you’ve been keeping up you know that hasn’t happened before. It had good flavors, not spicy but the mix of red peppers (I picked red because they are sweeter), tomatoes, kale and chick peas (I mushed them up into a chunky paste like the recipe suggested) offered something for everyone. We’ll definitely make this one again sometime.
As for the stew, the good news, for those of you desperate for a review, is that it is still on the docket. The plan is to make it this weekend so I’ll update this post with a review next week.
March 7, 2014