Any one up for a new challenge?
I have a freezer so full that I cannot take advantage of any sales, make a batch of anything to freeze, or even easily find anything in there.
Today while Kerry Beal and I were out galavanting about we passed one of our local supermarkets which often carries lamb at good prices. Of all the things in my freezer I can pretty much guarantee lamb is not one of them. I bemoaned my first world problem to Kerry.
She suggested that I look at it as a challenge and that each day I should reach into the freezer drawers and, without really looking, pull out a package of whatever. That package would then become what I would cook.
I was recently watching a program on Gusto TV called A is for Apple. It is based on the premise that the chef/cook choose two ingredients beginning with the same letter. I've seen two episodes so far. One involved onions and olives and the other pork and pineapple. Each episode involves three dishes. One made with each of the ingredients separately and one made with them both together.
This is just a little too complex but I did want to put somewhat of a twist on Kerry's original idea.
So for those of us who are struggling to find some freezer room, to empty a freezer with a view to defrosting it, or for anyone who finds such a challenge fun, here is my proposal.
A) As often in the week or month that you choose, reach into your freezer and take out the first thing that comes to hand.
B) From your pantry, market, refrigerator or even freezer, if it is organized enough, choose a second ingredient with the same first letter as the ingredient you retrieved.
C) Using these two ingredients and anything else that you have or can get, make a dish. It does not have to be an entrée. It can be a side dish or dessert. It can be soup or salad. No holds barred.
D) Show or tell us what you made BUT to make this much more interesting tell us the thought processes you went through to decide on your dish. How did you decide on the second ingredient? If you used a recipe tell us about it or even better link to it. If you pulled the idea out of thin air tell us that too. If it was inspired by a memory tells us that. You get the idea.
E) Bonus points for anyone who uses two or more ingredients from the freezer.
This is meant to be fun and inspirational for all of us so there are no time restrictions and no hard and fast rules.
Anyone up for this? If you are a jump right in.