Note: Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude is a weekly(ish) feature about food, food and more FOOD. No, I am not an expert, but I do enjoy talking about food prep, cooking food, eating food and making sweet love to food. Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. After all, this is not meant to be an homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.
Recipe Index can be found here.
Today is a Three For the Price of One kinda of day. It's also a Quickie kinda of days -- Manoj has been out of town this week and I am also cleaning the house from top to bottom in a mad dash of Spring Cleaning.
I am a big fan of modifying recipes! I love playing with recipes, fiddling around with them, trying new ingredients. If you ever make a recipe of mine and you make a change of your own, please tell me! I am always up for trying new ingredients and methods. One of my favorite substitutions is cumin for coriander. I like coriander, but it can be a pretty boring spice.
What's your favorite substitution?
I should have pointed a long time ago, that nearly every recipe I post (in particular, the IndoPak ones) have a major subtraction -- fresh chilies. I do not use fresh chilies. Ever. And that makes me sad, so very sad because I love, love, LOVE the taste and texture of fresh chilies. One of my favorite bits about eating in restaurants is getting fresh chilies in my food. However, I have had so many incidents of getting chili pepper juice in my eye, that I gave up. And yes, I was careful and yes, I used gloves and yes, I made extra precautions to Not Touch Anything and then, BAM! I would get juice in my eye. So, I had to give up. And yes, Manoj makes fun of me and thinks I am overly paranoid. I am now so fearful of fresh chili prep that even buying fresh chilies for Manoj to cook with makes me nervous (I use a double bag method to scoop them.) Seriously, AFRAID.
Um, am I crazy? Are you afraid of chilies? Is there any other ingredient with which you are also diabolically opposed?
Can You Help a Hostess Out?
I have a question. I have mentioned over the years that I am not much of a dessert person. I am not crazy about eating dessert myself and baking stresses me out after so many baking related failures. I am simply clueless when it comes to dessert. Well, except for Crème brûlée (or "creme brulee" sans the fancy French accents!) (a dessert that is so darned easy that seriously, if you have never made crème brûlée , you should quit reading this post and get your butt out buying some ramekins already.) Often, when we invite folks over for dinner, they offer to bring dessert, which I happily accept. But am I wondering, is this violating some essential Hostessing Guideline to accept offers of help?
Is that rude of me, as the hostess, to accept an offer of dessert from my guests??