In Thinking About Food on September 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Week 29
Ghee: a prelude

Lots of things transpired to make this week a long one. And by “week” I mean “seventeen day-gap between posts.” First, I’ve been working a lot of scattered shifts in long stretches — eight days in a row, nine days in a row. Which I can’t really complain about, because it’s allowed me to take three- and four-day weekends for special occasions and out-of-town visitors, and also because I write the schedule. But the irregularity of the schedule and the action-packed-ness of the days I’m not working have made it difficult to post.

Secondly, in the little free time I do have, I’ve been writing for Gapers Block, a Chicago-centric website about news, events, culture, city life and more. (Database searchable by author coming soon!) Which is a lot of fun, in an unpaid way. But even those short little posts take a lot more time and research than you’d think. So if you want to read more of my stuff more often, check DriveThru, the GB food section, or Merge, the main news page.

But I think the biggest reason I’ve had problems getting this post up is that what I made — an Indian lamb stew — didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped/expected. I read this recipe, thought it looked weird, considered doing things differently, then didn’t. And it turns out I was right — I didn’t like how it turned out, and I should’ve listened to my instincts. My hesitation to post about the less-than-stellar final product, though, doesn’t stem from crippling perfectionism (at least, not this time). It’s more that I’m not exactly sure how to write about what happened. Should I give you the recipe I followed, then tell you what turned out to be flawed about it, then state what I would’ve done differently, and how I think that would’ve made the recipe turn out better? Or should I pretend everything went perfectly and give you a (secretly modified) recipe that I’m pretty sure will be better than the recipe I used? I’m sure this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s enough to make something that should take seven days take seventeen.

Anyway, stay tuned. I’ve resolved to post about this ghee thing, in one form or another, soon. Like, really soon. Thanks for being patient.


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