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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Damage Control- Or How To Save A Meal You Pooched




I had thawed some chicken(do people around where you live ever say unthaw? It's redundant!), boneless, skinless chix breasts(huge!)and hadn't decided what to make with them. Tex-Mex flavor sounded good, so I had to pick between chicken burritos, or the classic Arroz con Pollo- chicken and rice! I went with the latter, only to find 40 minutes into making and simmering sauce and chicken- I had no white rice to speak of..BUT (I hate it when I have to use my big but!)we did have oodles of brown rice! Just a longer cooking time, right? Wrong! I gave it the proscribed 40+ minutes to absorb the moisture and become tender- didn't work...Rice was under done when it shouldn't have been..God, I hate it when I'm wrong! Now challenged by a seriously large batch of pooched supper, I was determined to salvage something from this! Mexican flavors...how about a chicken and rice soup? Tomatoes, onions, red bell peppers, seasonings, were delicious.. Thin it out and cook it longer- should work!
The photo of the dish looks great, and I threw in a photo of our cheeseburgers and curly fries supper last night..the cheese was an Australian white Cheddar- pungent but tasty! I'm the olive burger guy, wife loves her chopped onions..Dog gets hers plain!!
Tonight, it's Mex chicken and rice soup, or hot dogs~!
It's good to learn from your mistakes, but it's better to learn them from someone else before you make the mistakes!

37 comments:

Kate said...

I made brown rice according to this tutorial and it's amazing! I really thought it was stupid, but I wanted to try it and the rice was superb.

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Perfect-Brown-Rice

otin said...

olive burgers?

buffalodick said...

Kate- My failing is the pan you see in the picture..poor design of the stainless steel lid (too thin!) ..allowed too much moisture to escape.. Company who made pots and pans discontinued the line because of crappy design on the lids.. Pots and pans were and are great.. Brown rice does not absorb all liquids like water! You live, you learn. I was an engineering type all my life- there is always cause and effect!

Marjie said...

I hate it when I screw up my ingredients! That's how I ended up with a spice chiffon cake last week. What kind of moron runs out of white sugar anyway? Evidently, my kind does. And that's the same kind of moron who forgot to order white rice last week, and now only has about 3 pounds left. Yeah, yeah, I know, things are peculiar in my little corner of the world. So, remember, been there, done that...just don't try to find use for 56 eggs in your house!

buffalodick said...

otin- Oh Hell yes! Mayo, lettuce green olives, cheese...Killer!

buffalodick said...

Marjie- I run out of stuff while cooking...planning is not my strong suite...

Brian Miller said...

might just have to try an olive burger...way to recover as well, and have a back up plan of hotdogs...smiles.

buffalodick said...

Brian- I salvaged the product into soup! I love challenges- they make me use what I know! Olive burgers are addicting, proceed with caution!

Gloria said...

Dear Buffalo I think Olive Burger sounds absolutely nice!! I love all you make with food. you are soooo smart really!!
I have a little pot always have problem with it! happens!
gloria

UBERMOUTH said...

Never trust rice.

buffalodick said...

Gloria- It worked! Made an incredible soup I would do again!
Uber- Where you at? Missed you much..glad you are still around!

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I'm pretty sure I say "thawed". But what about "fixing" dinner. I say that quite abit, but it's not really broke...as you very nicely proved here.

Vickie said...

I've never heard unthawed - but I have said I was fixing to make dinner - what the hell does that even mean? I'm going to put olives on my next burger instead of pickles. Yum!

Chef E said...

Buff- what is the weather like? I heard we have a 'Snowicane' due late tonight in the north east!

I saw this cooking show where the poor guy did the rice in, and the people eating it took one bite and sent it back...young kid too, I felt bad, but his scallops made up for their sour looks...I was so stressed out, I hate when I pooch things up!

Food looks good, I bet it tastes great! I like your word- pooched!

I call damage control the aftermath I leave the state of the kitchen in! The dirty dishes...

Chris said...

Dang, we are both on a "learn from your mistakes" kind of day, LOL.

Still looks good to me.

Rob said...

Haha. Unthaw.. hmm. Those they don't know that unthawing something is freezing should not be in the food labeling business. Wicked blog!

Mona said...

They say, that the rice is the most difficult thing to cook. Specially in India, we have dishes that need layers of rice, some half done, some 1/3 done some quarter done, layered and sealed so that it is done perfectly equally by the end of cooking

Barbara said...

Hmmm. Pooch is a new word for me but certainly describes screwed up in a much nicer way.

You did a brilliant job of making lemonade from lemons!

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so creative. I would have pitched a fit, cried and demanded to go out to eat.

The Good Cook said...

LOL... some of the best meals in the world were a result of poor planning or lack of ingredients. Cook On Buffalo, I'd eat at your house any day.

Akelamalu said...

Well done for salvaging the meal!

doggybloggy said...

hey you did what you had to do - lemons = lemonade

buffalodick said...

highlander- another one- coupon...everybody! There is no "Q" in coupon!
Vick-Olive burgers are pretty popular here..
Chef- This was better as a soup! Turned out great!
Chris- It worked- needed more liquid, and more time..
Rob- Welcome! Strange words in every version of English!
Mona- My pot cover is warped, and wouldn't seal well enough for rice..used another pot for soup, and worked well!
Barb- It's short for the old phrase "screwed the pooch"- meaning you botched it!
BlondeD- I wasn't happy, but all worked out!
Good Cook- I do my best work when cornered!
Ake- I was relieved when it was really tasty soup!
DogB- We talked on the phone about this one!

Michelle Ann said...

If I was eating carbs...I would have thrown it on a baked potato. My mom was infamous for throwing many things on a baked potatoe

K said...

Sounds like a good save to me!

buffalodick said...

Michelle- Wife would eat crap on a potato!
K- It really did work!

Realliveman said...

Defrosted! We Verginians say "D-frosted".

If anyone can fix a meal gone wrong, it's you!

A Year on the Grill said...

OK BD, as to the raspberry sauce being everywhere... I have tried four different brnads. BY FAR theirs is best, and now I will stop shilling til they send me some more

Dave

buffalodick said...

RLM- Every part of our great country has phrases that are peculiar to the region- out by you they say "warsh" and we say "waash"....
Griller- I make a raspberry/Chambord sauce for lemon or lime cheese cake that has placed in cook-offs..and it isn't out of a free bottle, either! Make them come to you...

tattytiara said...

De-thaw. Hah! That is so wrong.

The word is unthaw. ;D

Al Penwasser said...

Even when things don't go as planned, you're still better than I am. Whenever my wife is out of town and my kids ask what I'm making for dinner, I invariably answer, "A call to the takeout Chinese place."

Katherine Aucoin said...

Thank you for helping my learning curve...Buff saved the day again!

buffalodick said...

T,T.- I grew up with a mother who "unthawed things"..Oxymoron...like Army Intelligence...
Al- I'm in a slump lately on cooking, I gotta wake up!

buffalodick said...

Katherine- Don't cheer yet...last night had meatballs in an oriental flavored sauce, and darned if I didn't screw up the rice again! Playing on the Internet, when I should have been paying attention!

snowelf said...

Oh no... UncleBuff, I may have absorbed your rice making powers accidentally, as rice is something I can actually make for some crazy unknown reason...especially from a girl who still has issues with getting meat cooked properly and can screw up Jello! (I'm not even kidding about that.)

I don't know how I have a talent for rice, but it always turns out for me...it's some kind of freakish miracle or something. The only thing I do is double the amount of water it calls for and leave the lid on and do not stir and it somehow turns out... I have no other explanation....

Regardless, you make damn good food and I would have sold my soul for some of your homemade chili mac last--I've been totally craving chili mac so I made some, but I had to use canned chili. It's just not the same, I'm sure...

--snow

TavoLini said...

Oh I have done this more than I care to recount!!

Nice save with the chicken rice soup :)

buffalodick said...

Snow- I haven't screwed up rice in 20 years, then I did twice in one week! I have learned not to take simple things for granted!
Tavolini- Baking last week was a disaster! Time for me to pay attention again!