The saying “can’t win them all” has served me well over the years. I wish that I could take credit for it (credit goes to my friend Carolyn). Admittedly it is short, brilliant, and applies to numerous situation.
One such situation happened recently. I tried to make this:
However, my first batch hit a small snag. The flour to egg to seasoning to potato to butternut squash ratio was off and the “pancakes” never formed. Instead I was left with butternut squash and sweet potato…hash? It was almost like shredded hash browns. I emptied the “hash” into a Tupperware, refrigerated it and adjusted my ratios appropriately. Luckily, the second batch turned out just fine but I was still left with a conundrum about what to do with the ill fated “batch 1”.
Today, in my rush to find and eat something lunch appropriate, I happened onto a delicious variation. I call it can’t win them all latke salad.
I’m not going to act like this is an act of culinary genius, but it kind of is. I simply reheated the “hash” (equal parts butternut squash and sweet potato, cooked with EVO, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and cumin) and placed it on a bed of fresh farmers market arugula. How good is farmers market arugula? SO GOOD! It’s crispy and spicy and delicious. I am so glad I didn’t buy spinach this week, I don’t think it would have been as good. This mistake ended up being pretty tasty, no where near as bad as that time I forgot to add flour to cookies! That was an epic cooking disaster!
Have you ever had an epic cooking disaster?