All's well that ends well - William Shakespeare
This week's Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe was picked by Anonymous New York who picked Ellie's jambalaya with shrimp and ham. I was excited to make this recipe even though I don't eat ham, and the last time I ate shrimp (a couple months ago) I ended up in the emergency room. But I had plans!
Replace shrimp with chicken and ham with ? (I didn't say these were well developed plans)
Replace shrimp with salmon and ham with smoked tofu (Thank God this one didn't pan out...what was I thinking?)
Replace shrimp with salmon and ham with Soyrizo (meatless soy chorizo, I was surprised to find this at Safeway, where I had gone in a halfhearted attempt to find smoked tofu). Again, happy this one didn't get made but this was what I was going with until the salmon looked iffy and I settled on...
Plan D, or not a plan at all but basically what I made for dinner
Replace shrimp with kidney beans (what?) and replace the ham with Soyrizo
I accidently included some of the ingredients Ellie called for:
Red and green peppers (I used red and yellow)
Paprika-(I used smoked Spanish paprika and skipped the cayenne)
Tomato paste, chicken broth, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and bay leaf-YES!
White rice (I used brown, which I parboiled so dinner would be ready before midnight)
That's when I stopped reading 'cause I knew the wheels were already off and the bus was careening down the cliff.
Because I had opened my Soyrizo and discovered it was, um, very squishy for a mock-sausage. The instructions said to fry it hot and fast. So I fried it on medium and discovered...
(pause to take comforting bite of chocolate)
...that it goes from semi-liquid to burned in two minutes.
Even with all of the twists and turns, this meal was pretty good. Even the crispy Soyrizo was good. Who knew a burned soy product could taste good?!
Thanks to Anonymous New York for what must have been a great pick before I got my hands on it. You can find the real recipe here.