Monday night Marty and I, mostly Marty, tested another recipe for Cook's Illustrated. (I was the wash up help) The recipe was for Szechuan Stir Fried Pork and Eggplant with Garlic Sauce. It read yummy, we love to cook and eat Chinese food. I thought this time I would show you some of the shopping we have to do for these recipes.
After Marty picked me up at the Marriage Factory, we were off to Whole Paycheck to buy ingredients, some of which we didn't think Safeway would carry.
Chinese food is multi textures, some soft, some firm, some in between. This was just soft. The eggplant was almost too soft (Remember we cook exactly as the recipe says. We can not pull things out if we think it is overdone.). The celery was firm, but there was too much of it. The meat was soft with little flavor. This was pork, how did this recipe kill the pork flavor?
Very disappointed by the meal. Also it had some expensive ingredients. It is one thing if the meal is good to spend money, but not OK if the meal is bad. Marty threw the recipe in the trash.