Well diary, I screwed up dinner big time. Yup, my fancy “homemade” (cough) ravioli stuffed with potato, bacon and leeks with chives never happened. The “fresh” pasta sheets I bought were hard as a rock and I could not cut them even with a knife! My poor sensitive hands. They tried. They tried to make pasta rounds but it was not meant to be. I did all that boiling, chopping and sauteing. The filling was sitting there looking so yummy and hopeful.
Yup, I suck.
I put it aside and went ahead with the shrimp sauce. I looked at the recipe, totally disagreed with how they say to make the sauce and as usual, made it my way. I first sauteed strings of shallots in olive oil, added garlic and then quickly some chopped up shrimp. I sprinkled the seafood with some dried tarragon, salt, pepper and added a little butter to deglaze.
With big spoonfuls I filled up my cracked ivory bowl I save for comfort food just for me and topped it with the seafood sauce. Rustic. And hey, guess what? Quite delicious!
So yes, I screwed up. I bought crappy product that threw my foodie plans in the trash. But you know, making individual ravioli is a lot of work and it has been a crappy day. So dark, rainy and dreary here my nightlight was on by 2 pm and all I wanted to do all day was sleep. I did not even have the energy to find my camera while I was making it. I probably had a bad feeling I did not want to document what was about to come.
Sometimes the meals we come up with to replace the meals we total are the best kinds of comfort foods: easy, yummy, hearty and fast. Now pass me a piece of pumpkin fudge.
Debra She Who Seeks says
With all the calories you saved from not eating the pasta, you can have another piece of fudge! What the hell, make it two!
Your mess up turned out well! It’s true that the best comfort foods are the ones that we come up with last minute.
Genie Sea says
Your “screwing up” sounds like one of my “gourmet” meals. 🙂
What did you wind up doing with the filling?
Suzie Ridler says
I just put the shrimp on top of the filling and at it altogether, LOL. It was pretty darn tasty!
That sounds amazing! Yum!
About 2 years ago my muffin and I were attempting to make Thai food at home and I guess both of us ended up adding the curry to the recipe. Totally ruined- too hot to even taste anything. It was a textured burning experience. Sigh. Having little else in the fridge I made creamy polenta and topped it with creamed spinach. Heavenly. This meal that was made in desperation is one of our favorite any season comfort food meals. It’s funny how that works.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Happy cooking and merry writing!
Sounds tasty! Next thing you will be making your own pasta, now that’s something I’ve never tried.
Zedral Z says
I think the ravioli filling would’ve been excellent as a quiche or fritatta. Sorry the pasta sheets didn’t work out! I hate it when something like that happens.