This started out to be a regular, timely response to The Daring Cook's October challenge. Little did I know that a surprise dinner would intervene and upset the best (well almost best) laid plans!
The October Daring Cooks' Challenge was hosted by Shelley of C Mom Cook and her sister Ruth of The Crafts of Mommyhood. They challenged us to bring a taste of the East into our home kitchens by making our own Moo Shu, including thin pancakes, stir fry and sauce.
The Distracted Cook made numerous trips to the grocery to be sure that everything was on hand for the big day. Thursday was going to be a special day because there was a party to attend before dinner. So using the advice in the recipe, the dough was made ahead and after being wrapped so tight it almost exploded was placed in the refrigerator to wait until showtime.
Likewise, all the ingredients for the pork were sliced thinly and placed into containers to sit on the shelf beside the dough.
And then came the fun part - mixing up that Hoisin Sauce. That was actually fun and it contains a lot of my favorite flavors, especially the sesame oil. After this was made and set on that shelf with the rest of the "dinner" I knew the evening would be a smashing success.
Now the rest of the story. That party? Just an in-and-out cocktail hour to say hello and chat a while? SURPRISE! It's going to be a dinner party instead - just decided ten minutes before we arrive. Well, The Distracted Cook is not a Dummy Cook! A dinner at a great restaurant/wine bar is not to be dissed just because Moo Shu is slumbering in the fridge at home. Oh no, indeed not. So, this post will start now ...and continue later tonight AFTER the Moo Shu has been created. A day late, maybe a dollar short, but definitely not a "fail" in The Daring Kitchen.
Come back later this evening to see all the pictures and the resulting dinner. In the meantime, go visit The Daring Kitchen to see what everyone has posted so you have an idea of what to expect back here (don't get too carried away though, sometimes what you see is NOT what you get here!) While you are in The Daring Kitchen, why not sign up and join us? Read all about it and just think of all the fun you can be having with the rest of us! Really.