In an effort to a) make more meals at home, and b) get my daughter to eat real food (more on that tomorrow), I intend to try a bunch of new recipes in the upcoming weeks and months. I’ll try not to bore you with food post after food post (I assume if you were interested in that stuff, you’d check out a proper food blog*), but you will probably find a few “recipe round-ups” here every now and then.
I am a by-the-book cook in that I will follow a recipe to a T. If it calls for a teaspoon of salt, for example, I will add EXACTLY one teaspoon – no more, no less. I dread the words “to taste”. To taste?! You wrote the recipe – you tell me how it should taste!
Nothing irks me more than when people rate and review a recipe that they openly admit they changed. “This recipe gets 4 out of 5 stars. I added carrots instead of squash, doubled the broth, and added a dash of cardamon for taste”. Eff that! Please review the actual recipe – not the recipe you made up on the fly, asshole.
This is all to say, you can trust me to review the ACTUAL recipe. Except in this case.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Original Recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-and-sour-chicken-iii/detail.aspx
Okay, so I made this one twice. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly and it got 3 out of 5 stars from me, and a 5 star rating from Chase. The second time I made it, I added half of a yellow pepper, cut the soy sauce by about a quarter, doubled the sugar, and added the whole can of pineapple chunks. This sweeter version got an enthusiastic 5 star rating from Chase and I.
The real question is, did Butterbean like it? The answer: sadly, not really. She did like the rice, mixed with a little of the sauce, and she ate one red pepper without spitting it out. Sooo, even though she ignored the meat and vegetables, I still consider this a success. Huzzah!