Tuesday, September 6, 2011

a culinary adventure...

This morning as I was clicking my way through the 43 food related emails I had received overnight I found something that sparked some interest.  I clicked on the link (since the subscription to this particular blog doesn't include a full preview of the post) and scrolled down slowly as I took it all in.  I was excited by the first sentence which planted a seed of adventure almost immediately...I saw the words 'recipe' and 'swap' nestled together.

As I continued reading I began to understand this new concept.  Basically you take a recipe, change a few things, and make a completely different dish.  How exciting and unique!  I had to find out more...

I clicked on a link in the post and ended up here, at the root of it all.  I perused the other recipe swap participants and marveled at the dishes they had created from the original recipe.  

The original recipe:  Wild Rabbit with Vegetables
Variation:  Smoked Chicken with Cheddar/Beer Sauce over Mashed Potatoes
Variation:  Fresh Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary with Wasabi
Variation:  Shrimp and Crab Chowder
Variation:  Wild Venison Breakfast Sausage
Variation:  Rabbit and Sausage Cassoulet
Variation:  Rabbit Stew with Dumplings in a Red Wine Sauce
Variation:  Prosecco Bathed Rabbit with Pecans and Apricots
Variation:  Pork Paprikash with Potatoes
Variation:  Coq au Vin
Variation:  Savory Rabbit Maju Stuffed with Chicken and Bell Peppers
Variation:  Rabbit with Shallots, Whiskied Prunes and Leekie Chappit Tatties

I've been inspired to spice up my kitchen and try my own recipe swap of sorts (the creator of this swap claims anyone can enter but I feel I'm not on the same level as these other food bloggers-and so I'll stick to myself).  I informed Erin this afternoon that we'd be adding a new 'game' to our kitchen and told him about it.  Erin and I love to play little games in the kitchen, 'Chopped' and 'Iron Chef' have made appearances.  They make our everyday cooking exciting and it's a way for us to bond on his days off.   

So I'll be looking for a recipe to use as the original and this month we'll be swapping out ingredients on our very first (and hopefully not last) monthly recipe swap!  I'm hoping to get my mom in on the swap (since she's such a great cook) but I'm not optimistic about the outcome...