It's Daring Cooks time again! Actually it was Daring Cooks time 2 days ago and I am only just getting around to posting.
This month the lovely Olga from Olga's Recipes chose a Spanish dish by José Andrés of rice with cuttlefish, mushrooms and artichokes. I am a little squeamish about some seafood so went with prawns instead of the cuttlefish.
This was an interesting dish to make but unfortunately we didn't love it. We even ended up with a huge dish of leftovers in the fridge that just never got eaten (a rarity in this house).
The flavour was to come mainly from the sofregit, a thick sauce made from simmering tomatoes, onion, garlic, capsicum and spices for an hour or so. The recipe called for just 2 to 3 tablespoons of this sauce to be added to the dish. Well, we did that and our rice was almost completely flavourless. I mean if I had closed my eyes I could have been eating almost anything. So I added in the entire batch of sofregit (a good 2 cups worth) which did help. The $7 of saffron we added was indetectable. Our allioli was also a disaster, turning into garlic flavoured oil rather than the thick greeny-golden sauce it was meant to be. Hmmm.
Maybe I missed something? Maybe there was some vital ingredient or process that I completely overlooked? Otherwise this really was a bit of a dud for us. Sorry Olga!
Make sure you visit Olga's blog for the recipe and to see how this dish should be made!