Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How To Be a Domestic Bozo

I'm all into trying new new things. Especially new recipes. I've been on a cookbook buying binge in search of new ways to thrill and delight the tastebuds of my family. One of these purchases was Nigella Lawson's "How to be a Domestic Goddess" Great title. How could I not buy this one.
Add to that, this is the same Nigella Lawson who seems to have pioneered the modern cooking show as pornography trend, rife with sensuous close ups and "yummy noises" more fitting of an adult film than a dinner party. Excellent, this woman loves her food.

My first attempt from this book was an amazing looking Zucchini and Chick Pea Filo Pie. Simple ingredients, good spices, all wrapped in filo, sounds like a can't lose proposition to me. Unfortunately, I made one ingredient change. Instead of basmanti rice I used brown basmanti rice and increased the prep time by some unimaginable duration. I guess the liquid absorption time between these ingredients is significantly different. Instead of dinner at 7:30 pm we had dinner at almost 9:00 pm. On the upside, it tasted delicious and looked like something right out of the recipe book. And, if you starve your children for a late dinner, they eat like champs.

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