Culinary Sunday – First Post

I’m starting something new on this blog. I’m going to have a Culinary Sunday. This is in response to Jeff and I deciding that our evening meals were becoming boring and predictable – and that we’re going to do something about it.

We have two cookbooks that once a week, we’re going to pick out a recipe to try and broaden our culinary horizons. Maybe we’ll inspire someone else to do the same.

So, first up is an Asian cookbook we picked up at Barnes & Noble. I’m not sure if the recipes are exactly “authentic” but I do know the flavors are since it is published by the Culinary Institute of America and the recipe writers are all Asian cooks who know what they’re doing.

Tonight we had “Korean Lettuce Wrap with Spicy Beef”

So, we’re giving this one 3 stars. The beef and vegetables in the marinade were really good, especially over the rice. We ended up just eating the meat and veggies over the rice and not bothering with the lettuce wrap part.

The downside of the meal… in the first picture, see that little bowl of sauce. Well, that was a Spicy Bean Paste, and all I can say is OMG! That stuff was completely gross. The only bite I took with that stuff I gagged and spit it out. That part of the meal was in the negative rating. There are probably more recipes in the book that are supposed to use that as a sauce, but it’s not going to happen.

The verdict:  I will make this again, but I will add more vegetables and totally nix the Spicy Bean Paste. Not too bad for our first adventure.

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