A couple weeks ago I got a craving for some homemade chocolate chip cookies. So we went to the store in search of butter and found something that at least looked like it, though we couldn't read the label. So we enjoyed one of my first batches of cookies since moving here. We are still not really sure what it was that we bought instead of butter because we know it was something that might have a similar purpose, but definitely not the same thing. The best I can describe it as is a bar of shortening or crisco. However, the cookies still turned out decently well, and the fact that we were really craving cookies made them all the more enjoyable.
Not being able to read all the labels of food in the grocery store definitely adds a different angle to my cooking adventures. Some foods can be very obvious, like fresh vegetables. But other foods, like foods you might find in a can, are a lot of guess work for us. If the picture on the can looks like it might be what I am looking for than I just go for it. Some times we are brave enough to ask the cashier what something is just to be sure we are getting the right thing. Otherwise, we just have to try it and see what happens.
When I was younger I used to ask my mom what something was when she came home from the grocery store and she would say something like, "Read the label." or more sarcastically, "Can you read?" Well, I think, Mom, I can truthfully say now, "No, I can't read the label!"
Today I am trying Vegetarian Curry(Just to clarify, I am not vegetarian by choice, but rather because it is cheaper.) for the first time. First, I have never made curry before in my life, so this is a new adventure all together. Furthermore, Yes, once again, labels are written in Hebrew that I can't read. So I found something that looked like curry paste and which maybe would have helped the mixture thicken, but I wasn't certain it was actually curry paste, so I decided to just try making it with the curry powder alone. Next, I was in search of coconut milk. One of the labels did read in English "coconut cream" and I had seen one recipe call for that, so I though that might be a safe bet. The other cans said "Coconut liquid" which made me a little hesitant, so I went with the cream, hopefully the right option. It did not thicken super well, but on top of rice it turned out perfect. However, It does have quite a kick to it! Whoops! I tend to over spice foods!
Anyone else like Curry? Have a good recipe you care to share? I would love any curry cooking tips, since this is a new endeavor of mine and something I hope to try again.