An Excellent Mistake!
I tell anyone who asks, “a recipe is just a guideline.” There is no reason to follow a recipe exactly. Frequently, I will leave an ingredient out or trade something but I almost always try the recipe as it is written before I start playing with it.
I had been looking at a recipe for “Beet and Beef Burgers” in Clean Eating magazine forever and this weekend I finally put them on the meal plan for the week. I put my grocery list together, like I always do, with the ingredients for several meals and I set off for the Farmer’s Market to get as much of my list as possible. As I was admiring the beautiful colors at the market, I picked up my carrots and beets for these burgers that I was so excited about.
Today, I went to work as usual and looked forward to coming home and making these delicious sounding burgers on my grill. I even had tomatoes and basil from my garden to round out the meal. I pulled everything out to make my creation and put the beets in my food processor to make quick work of grating them. I took the cover off and smelled… radishes?! Okay, the secret is out! I hate radishes! It’s a very sharp flavor that I have never quite gotten used to.
I looked at my son. He looked at me and said, “Well, remember what you always say, Mom. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.”
So, we shrugged and I continued to follow the directions substituting the unexpected radishes for the beets. As my son, the Grillmeister, cooked our hamburgers, I prepped some green beans and a salad to go with them. We sat down to eat, daring each other to take the first bite. And… they were really good! They were a little spicy, crunchy and, in short, amazing!
So, the moral of the story is… never be afraid to stray from a recipe!