Dinner...

OK....a little more stuff about cooking...then I'll stop...I promise...

...last night, the Wife prepared the most ...interesting ...meal... EVER ...it was an incredible journey into a world of tastes and textures ....kinda like a trip to a slaughterhouse...interesting while you're there...but, you really don't want to go back a second time.....

....you want to know what was on the menu?...ok....here goes.....baked sweet potato with butter and cheese....and some kind of tomato-sauce-hotdog-weiners-combination...I'd never put cheese on a sweet potato before....but, in the spirit of culinary adventure, I was willing to give it a go...it wasn't too bad....I'll not do it again, of course...but, it was ok...a new experience chalked down.....now...on to the weiner oriented dish....it was NOT that bad...it was just strange...I ate most of it with a feeling of complete confusion...I'd take a bite, and try to figure out how to describe the flavor...I couldn't...which would force me to take ANOTHER bite...before I knew it, I'd eaten most of it...when I was nearly finished, the Wife asks me if I enjoyed it....

...and here is where the trouble began....I said..."I like it...I've never had anything quite like it before...but, it kinda reminds me of a hot MRE....warm, filling, and with a totally indescribable taste"....I meant that as an honest compliment....heh...but, she didn't take it that way.....so, I had to spend the next five minutes trying to convince her that I actually liked to eat warm MREs...

..seemingly, she had had a moment of inspiration while baking the sweet potatoes....she took a jar of Ragou Spaghetti sauce...added a few sliced up hotdogs...some oregano.. and parmesan cheese... now, I know what you all are thinking...."Hey, that sounds pretty harmless.."....but, you'd be wrong...I ain't finished yet... she told me AFTER the meal that she had thought the dish was too runny....so, she added mayonaise to it in the hopes of thickening the sauce.. at this point, I suddenly realized why I couldn't identify the flavor of the sauce.. anyway, when adding the mayo didn't work, she fell back to one of MY old cooking failsafes.. if something is too runny, add some breadcrumbs... and, this had the desired effect.... the sauce became thick..

....for all of you thrill-seekers out there...always looking for the new sensation.. or the latest wild experience... I highly recommend my Wife's recipe.. so far, she is yet to name the dish..if she does, I'll be sure to let you know.. in the mean time, try making the meal I had last night.. I promise you..it'll be a new sensory rush...

by Eric on January 11, 2004 | Comments(8) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

She added mayo to thicken a sauce? I've never heard that one before. Here's a secret: use corn starch to thicken sauces... it doesn't add an intense flavor like mayo

You're a good man to indulge her cooking experiments!

posted by: Jack on January 11, 2004 11:26 AM

What Jack said. Then go buy something other than hotdogs! Get some andouille, smoked, chorizo... good god man, if you are going to eat cowlips at least eat spicy cowlips!

posted by: John of Argghhh! on January 11, 2004 11:31 AM

I've been known to just toss random things into the pot and see what cooks up, but never would it have occured to me to make a bread and mayo pasta sauce. Now that I've heard about it, I think I'll stear clear of the whole idea. You're a better person than I am, I don't think I could have finished it.

posted by: Jaded Angel on January 11, 2004 11:37 AM

..it would have taken a lot more than just a spicy sausage to have saved that dish..heh...although....a smoked sausage would have increased the "intricacy" of the flavor...

posted by: Eric on January 11, 2004 11:45 AM

Eric, that's the funniest thing I've seen or heard all week. GORK! (Also reminds me of a scene from the Bachelor that was on the tube last night).

posted by: smijer on January 11, 2004 01:21 PM

well, that's a meal that I can't visualize, even after restaurant work spanning a decade. The mayo's unique to say the least: please do ask her to slap that recipe on the site!

posted by: victoria on January 11, 2004 03:51 PM

I am sorry to say this but that sounds disgusting... You are one brave man.

posted by: Kate on January 12, 2004 04:08 PM

The cool thing about cooking is there are virtually no rules. Cheese on a sweet potato... sounds delicious.

posted by: Gooseneck on January 13, 2004 03:19 AM