Sharing Four Ways

Tonight I went to dinner with three of my needlepoint friends. Besides all being avid stitchers we all enjoy good food and most of us love to cook. We went to Elements in Chapel Hill, which has fantastic Asian fusion food. As I was looking at the menu one thing jumped out at me as something I had to have. It was a grilled cauliflower appetizer.

I should have gone with my gut and just eaten that for dinner, instead I offered up splitting it as an appetizer. Well, everyone jumped right on that. I should have ordered a second one as my meal, but instead I went with the walnut prawns, which are always delicious, but too much.

The cauliflower came and the four of us wasted no time enjoying it. Sadly I dropped one of my two pieces of cauliflower on the floor. One friend asked if it would be OK if she licked the bowl. No one thought it was out of the question.

After declaring it the best thing ever I decided I needed to see the menu again so I could read the list of ingredients in the hopes that I can recreate it at home. This plan was met great enthusiasm. The potential bowl licker want me to get right on that and share it with her the second I had perfected it and not make her wait for a blog entry.

It may not be cauliflower season, but I know what I will be doing this weekend as I try and perfect a soy reduction. I hope that my one bite of cauliflower will be enough to help me remember the taste to judge if my recreation is close.

Next time I go there I am going with my gut and ordering a double appetizer for my dinner and not offering to share. It’s not sharing that I mind, it’s just that I really wanted more cauliflower. Once I figure out how to make it I won’t be so selfish about it.

Tonight I went to dinner with three of my needlepoint friends. Besides all being avid stitchers we all enjoy good food and most of us love to cook. We went to Elements in Chapel Hill, which has fantastic Asian fusion food. As I was looking at the menu one thing jumped out at me as something I had to have. It was a grilled cauliflower appetizer.

I should have gone with my gut and just eaten that for dinner, instead I offered up splitting it as an appetizer. Well, everyone jumped right on that. I should have ordered a second one as my meal, but instead I went with the walnut prawns, which are always delicious, but too much.

The cauliflower came and the four of us wasted no time enjoying it. Sadly I dropped one of my two pieces of cauliflower on the floor. One friend asked if it would be OK if she licked the bowl. No one thought it was out of the question.

After declaring it the best thing ever I decided I needed to see the menu again so I could read the list of ingredients in the hopes that I can recreate it at home. This plan was met great enthusiasm. The potential bowl licker want me to get right on that and share it with her the second I had perfected it and not make her wait for a blog entry.

It may not be cauliflower season, but I know what I will be doing this weekend as I try and perfect a soy reduction. I hope that my one bite of cauliflower will be enough to help me remember the taste to judge if my recreation is close.

Next time I go there I am going with my gut and ordering a double appetizer for my dinner and not offering to share. It’s not sharing that I mind, it’s just that I really wanted more cauliflower. Once I figure out how to make it I won’t be so selfish about it.



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