April Fool?

I am trying to extend my cooking repertoire. Even if I kill myself rather than keep working until 70, there are too many meals left before the occasion is likely to arise to keep eating just the same stuff, however delicious.

But it is all such a lot of trouble. Sometimes it takes me a while to get going.

I saw a recipe for Romesco Sauce. I was intrigued. I didn’t have all the ingredients. One of them was sherry.

There is no longer any Australian sherry: it is all (in fine print) “Fortified wine” and (in large print) “Cream” “Dry” “Sweet” etc. The real stuff starts at about $27: I’m not going to cook with that. I bought a local tipple.

It turned out I was wrong. Esoterically, sherry vinegar, rather than sherry, was called for. I’m not going to make a special trip to DJs or The Expensive Ingredient for that: doubtless it will be priced commensurately with sherry. I see other recipes call for red wine vinegar and that’s what I shall use.

I went back on the net and found the recipe. It has been adapted by Richard Cornish from a recipe by the man from El Bulli. There is a note at the end:

CORRECTION: The recipe for romesco sauce from Ferran Adria’s The Family Meal Family Cooking reprinted by Good Food on April 1 seems to contain an error. The original recipe calls for 420ml of sherry vinegar. We recommend a more suitable amount to be 40ml. This has been changed in the text.

420/”about 40″ looks suspiciously like one-and-a-half ounces. What’s the bet that Richard Cornish’s adaptation was mostly simply a matter of converting the measurements to metric which came out wrong by a factor of 10?

That would be pretty disappointing if you’d roasted a few capsicums and a tomato, processed them together with hazelnuts (which you’d also cooked) and some breadcrumbs and some fresh thyme and finally splashed out on/with 420 mls of sherry vinegar.

Lucky I was a bit slow on the uptake.

In the meantime, I confess we have drunk the “sherry.”

2 Responses to “April Fool?”

  1. Andrew Says:

    While that is an extreme example, sometimes you have to trust your own instinct when cooking, says he who doesn’t cook. If it seems wrong, it may well be. So what does the sauce go with?

    • marcellous Says:

      Not sure yet: we ate the hazelnuts by mistake so at present I have a whole lot of roasted capsicums and tomatoes and haven’t yet got the processor out. The suggestion on the original recipe is that it goes with just about anything: a sort of culinary universal panacea [hint to neil, if reading: that’s a goak].

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