Monday, November 8, 2010
During my stint in culinary school, I felt that my forte was "making leftovers taste good." In the "Intermediate Cookery" course, we rotated through different stations and the "special of the day" was one of the stations. This involved creating dishes from the extra ingredients or foods from the "Fundamentals of Cookery" course. Some days it would be finely diced vegetables, cooked meats, or base sauces. I thought I excelled in creating dishes on the fly. I once made a "Hawaiian wrap" composed of kaula pork, a poi sauce, spinach, wrapped and grilled in a spinach tortilla with a lomi salmon-type salsa.
I'm sure Mike was sweating as I pressured him to answer my question, and the first answer that came to his mind was, "Guacamole. You make a mean guacamole." I had to hang my head and shake it in failure. What kind of wife am I? I feed my husband good tasting guacamole. I only started making guacamole since we moved to Texas last year and avocados go on sale for 3/$1, instead of one for $1 in Illinois.
Yes, so according to Mike, my signature dish is a dish that always tastes different because I do not use a recipe.
Finely chopped Onions
Finely chopped Garlic
Finely chopped Tomato
Finely chopped Cilantro
Juice of a lime (I like a lot of lime juice in my guac)
Salt, Pepper, Tabasco to taste
Mike's a pretty good cook and I'm lucky to have a husband who likes spending time in the kitchen. It's especially wonderful when I come home late from work and dinner is waiting for me. It was easy for me to choose Mike's signature dish. It's a good local-style fried rice. He also makes a good spicy garlic edamame.
What are y'alls signature dish?