Tuesday, July 8, 2008

S: 1 . . . Kitchen-Related Mishaps: 3,490,898,435

We celebrate the DNB's birthday!

As Birthday Celebration Part 3 of 4, I have grand plans to make Beef Wellington. Perhaps you will recall my last cooking attempt and why I was understandably nervous about this one.

"Really? You're going to make Beef Wellington?" my friend asks. "I guess you could always order take-out if you mess it up."

With that resounding vote of confidence, I gather my nerves and enter the kitchen.

The first snafu involves the gravy I try to make from scratch and lumps the size of golf balls. I KNOW you're not supposed to pour directly from the flour bin into the gravy pot, and I KNOW you're supposed to mix the flour with cold water separately before you add it, but dammit I'm stressed.

The next snafu, which is - admittedly - minor, involves a very poor meat to puff pastry ratio. I was trying to be inventive and efficient by making individual fillets instead of one giant Beef Wellington monstrosity. Except I used the same amount of puff pastry. In the oven, it puffs, as puff pastry is wont to do, and becomes an enormous cone of pastry delite. It nearly requires a flashlight and excavation equipment to find the tiny fillets deep within it.

"Mmmmmm," the DNB moans when we're finally seated for dinner. "It's delicious."

"Is it really delicious, or is it 'I appreciate that you cooked me a birthday dinner and I'm too smart to say I don't like it' delicious?" I ask suspiciously.

"Here's the thing," he admits. "I was really nervous when you said you were going to make this."


"It seemed like a pretty ambitious project," he goes on. "And you've had a few, well, disasters in the past when you've tried to cook for me."

He may be remembering the cajun pasta that was so salty our bodily water percentages dropped to 2%. Damn. Fair enough.

"I can't say I'm not a little surprised that you pulled this off," he finishes. "But you really, really did. And it's delicious."

He digs through the pastry to cut a bite of beef.

1 comment:

dana said...

Yay! I'm glad it turned out delicious, if a little unconventional. :)