When we began talking about our family meals project last week, we decided we’d rate each evening meal,on a five star scale.
The first night that we implemented the rating system, we’d made the best rice and beans ever, which easily won FOUR STARS! It was a practically perfect meal. I thought it was an auspicious beginning to our project.
And then last night’s meal happened. The prep work went well – we made pseudo-sticky rice, matchstick-cut carrots and cucumbers, and boiled shrimp. Both kids were willing and eager to make some rolls.
The problem was, the finished rolls just didn’t taste that great. The kids ate the rice and edamame beans, while M and I had to finish the rolls, wistfully thinking about the real sushi we’d eaten the night before at a friend’s New Year’s Eve party.
Our home-made sushi only earned one star (unanimous decision), but it was fun to prepare.
It really comes back to the right ingredients – if we ever make this meal again, we need to get to one of the great Asian markets here in town. I didn’t use real sushi rice for our rolls, which probably makes all the difference. We also could’ve used some wasabi and ginger on the side to spice things up.
As Sam and I both found out while skiing today, sometimes you learn the most when you fall. And you learn even more when you get up and try again. I’m happy to report that we rebounded with tonight’s meal (pork chops parmesan, red potatoes, and salad), earning a solid four stars – we definitely won’t give up on this project!
Have you had any cooking failures lately? What did you learn from the experience?