I am definitely a creature of habit. I love experimenting with new flavors and techniques, but those long stretches of time when I don’t post here? … Yeah, that’s because I’m not cooking anything new.
I was going through the ol’ archives today and noticed that in 2007, spread about one week apart, I made posts on loco moco and mushroom risotto. Which really amused me, because yesterday night’s dinner was mushroom risotto, and tonight? You guessed it! Loco moco.
Now of course, those initial recipes were posted over 4 years ago, so needless to say I’ve been tweaking and fine-tuning since then. That’s the beauty of cooking though – you can totally change the recipe if you want to!
So I didn’t actually have any hamburger meat for tonight’s dinner. What I did have was some lovely filet mignon that had been gifted to us at Christmastime (via Omaha Steaks). And as I was getting ready to cook it, I looked around in the fridge and realized… oh man, am I craving eggs. So the next logical step was to ask forgiveness of the culinary gods, and make loco moco with this beautiful hunk o’ filet. And let me tell you: it was awesome. I mean, the combination of rice/gravy/egg is always awesome, but then you have this rich, tender filet in there? Heaven. I may never go back to burger patties. (That’s not that far off from the truth; I don’t buy very much red meat these days, but if tasty things end up in my freezer… well, all bets are off)
So really, my point is this: Get into your kitchens and play, people! If you don’t have the right ingredients, make it up as you go along. But don’t be afraid of your kitchen, and don’t be afraid to improvise. You never know what awesome things you’ll come up with! =)