Life often presents us with challenges, big and small, that take us outside of our comfort zone. Sometimes, I feel up to the challenge and tackle it head on; other times, I skirt around it or duck under it or run away from it. Much depends on the day of the week, the mood I'm in and the kind of day I have been having. Some days, I feel invincible; on other days, just getting out of bed is a challenge.
This week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe provided a challenge to my culinary comfort zone, a bump in the road - the recipe chosen was David's Seaweed Sables. Unfortunately, this recipe sounded horribly unappealing to me, as it combined nori (seaweed) and icing sugar in the same vehicle. It seemed like a massive clash of flavours to me. However, the recipe wasn't hard, so I decided on the "what the heck" approach and made those seaweed sables. And you know what? They were good. I will go so far as to say that David's Seaweed Sables are downright addictive, and I had to remove them from my office so that I would stop eating them. I figure my colleagues must have felt the same about them, because the remaining sables disappeared in a flash.
Unconvinced? Make them, I say, and decide for yourself. The mysterious alchemy of sweet and salty creates a moorish mixture of flavours that cannot be resisted. To see what the other FFwD members thought of these sables, visit the LYL section of the FFwD website.
To finish off, I cannot resist posting this delightful photo of a weedy sea dragon (not to be mistaken for seaweed) that lives at Monterey Aquarium in California:
Isn't he handsome? For an interesting novel involving a convict who eventually turns into weedy sea dragon, refer to Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan.
Have a great weekend!