No fancy-schmancy here! In fact, they compared my cooking to canned goods!
Some people like to exaggerate the elegance of a dish they cooked and make it sound fancy. For example, calling pigs in a blanket “cocktail sausages in a delicate puff pastry shell”. I have to overcome the opposite challenge: my family suspects any “fancy” sounding dish I present.
I downplay the name of any new recipe just to ensure that they will actually give it a chance! Therefore, Nigella Lawson’s delicious Greek Lamb Stew recipe became known as beef and pasta! I switched the lamb for beef because we do not welcome lamb at our house. However, I did not expect that the recipe would be further humiliated by being compared to Chef Boyardee!!
That is right.
After I had spent hours on a slow-cooked, wine macerated, herbs enhanced, spoon-tender beef stew with perfectly al dente pasta and the dish gets compared to canned goods. To be fair, apparently, the comment was meant as a compliment!
I present to you Nigella’s original recipe:
Pictures of my Nigella Boyardee creation:
If you are interested in trying her recipes, I recommend her book: How to Eat.
It remains one of my favorite cookbooks. Here is the link for the paperback edition – affiliate links.
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