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11 October 2005

Culinary sins

What with it being the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) and generally a time of reflection and repentence, my thoughts turned to the culinary sins I've committed over the past year.  None of us is a paragon of virtue and we have to come clean when we've cocked-up.

As I see it, my sins, not in order of severity, are:

  1. Throwing away some just cooked spinach, because although it was just cooked, it had just been cooked for about half an hour too long and looked vile.  It didn't taste too good either.
  2. I used some lamb bones in a beef stock because I was worried that I didn't have sufficient quantities of dead cow.  I was wrong and paid sorely with a fatty stock - Thomas Keller would not have been impressed.
  3. I haven't sharpened my knives regularly or sufficiently, resulting in the skin tearing on at least one tomato.
  4. I have, on some occasions, stored my eggs in the fridge.
  5. I have for ease, purchased salad-in-the-bag, rather than doing the washing and cutting myself.

These are the ones that immediately come to mind, and for those I am sorry and fully repentant.  I am sure there are many others and for those too I am sorry and fully repentant.

With any luck, next year won't be full of so many slip-ups and instead I can steer a straight and narrow culinary course.


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