Chef is out of town

My chef has left town for a week, which makes me all alone in the kitchen completely panicked. Not to worry, I made a trip to Whole Foods Market and I was set for the whole week and I actually planed cooking one night. Yes, me cooking, hard to believe it, but I ventured into the kitchen and actually made something. I was browsing through my self-made recipe book and 5 item recipe from Rachel Ray Every Day magazine jumped at me and my first thought was how difficult can this be, only 5 items…well here is how difficult – if this picture doesn’t describe it, no words can… The 5 items: –1 lb orzo pasta–3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted–3/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley–juice of 2 lemons, plus grated peel of 1 lemon–two 6-ounce packages sliced white mushroomsReally doesn’t look that difficult, but somehow I managed to use 6 different bowls, 3 measuring cups, 3 pans and a burn the mushrooms so much that the fire alarm in my house went off and I couldn’t get rid of smoke for almost two days. The least to say, my cooking career is over. And here is the photo of the final product – not so appetizing, but so special as it was my very first cooked meal…The taste wasn’t actually that bad. If it wasn’t for the burned mushrooms, it would have been very refreshing and prefect for spring night in the back yard. One thing missing was a glass of Chardonnay, and than it would have been perfect. I am not totally giving up on this recipe, so I will ask Chef to cook this meal and I am sure the taste will be exactly what the way it was supposed to be – refreshing, tangy, zesty and perfect for spring dinner with a glass of wine.

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One Comment

  • Chef
    May 2, 2009 at 2:22 am

    The important thing is that you tried..besides, burning the mushrooms gives them that smoky taste and gives the dish “character.”


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