Does it happen to you too, that sometimes you are out of recipe ideas even though you have cookbooks waiting for you in a corner of the house or an impressive collection of saved recipes on your laptop? None of the dishes are tempting you and even your friends best ideas wont help? Occasionally I have that problem…. This happens to me mostly whenever I am too lazy to go out to get some fresh groceries or for example when the Electricity is down once again and I cant even go online to visit my favorite food bloggers out there to replenish my brain juice.
Some months ago, when the rain was falling in buckets and the power was cut for already most of the day and I had nothing better to do then cook something together in candle lights, I created a Beef dish which amazed us in terms of flavours. Have you ever cooked in the dark? Its a 100% challenge! Now most of the people wouldn’t think of cooking at that time, but we here are quite used to the fact that lights sometimes simply won’t come back so soon and to go out in the monsoon rains, into flooded streets to get food from outside isn’t an option either (nothing will be open). By now I don’t even mind cooking in the dark, you get used to it! I figured out too that I cook up some great dishes between shadows, food of great flavours. Maybe its the fact that I cant use my eyes that much. You know how they say that blind people have interesting abilities, that their other senses are more sharp?
That fateful day, armed with a torch and some good quality beef undercut, I threw together a rich seasoned but not pungent Beef gravy. I have no idea if there is a cultural dish out there which resembles my recipe. The inspiration came because I was getting the taste for Couscous and I needed something what was going with it. My conclusion is that the plate has a bunch of Asian flavours but it fits so well with Moroccan Couscous! Somebody who isn’t into pungent food will enjoy my beef pot because the coconut milk at the end smooths it all down with its relaxing end notes.
Random thoughts… Recently I noticed a lots of new cooking competitions in the TV, some are ok but some remind me more of Drama shows. Cooking shows exist for ages now, why don’t they throw in a challenge where people have to cook in the dark. That would be interesting! what do you think?
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