Regular readers of this blog will know how I feel about hard-to-find ingredients. They truly drive me insane. Even worse is when you actually buy said hard-to-find or obscure ingredient, you use it once for a recipe, and then it’s just sitting in your cupboard for an interminable amount of time until you get around to throwing it away, safe in the knowledge that you will never use/need/eat it again. What a waste.
Brown Rice Syrup/Avocado Oil/Pomegranate Mollasses, I’m looking at you.
So: Whey. This recipe calls for it, and I wasn’t even sure where I would find it in my local supermarket or organic food store or green grocer. I had a look in all three local shops, but came up empty handed. But unlike previous recipes from previous books, I didn’t panic, because when we saw Sabrina Ghayour in person, she told us not to stress out too much if we couldn’t find the exact right ingredient called for in some of her recipes.
With her advice ringing in my ear, I made the bold decision to go ahead and make this without it. I thought perhaps we could live without the six tablespoons of whey mixed with six tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and I *think* I was right.
Nearly everyone loved this. While the rest of us were gobbling this down, Tim thought it was lacking something. (Maybe it was lacking some Whey Sauce? Who can say for sure.) He recommended the next time I make it, I sprinkle some feta over the top. Maybe the whey sauce would add the extra special something he thought it was missing, but you all know that I’ll accept any recommendation that says add more cheese, so we’ll do it next time.
But his criticism aside, I thought this was a great weeknight recipe. To wit:
- Healthy– what could be better than a tray full of roasted vegetables;
- Using the steak as a garnish rather than the main event– I imagined nutritionists everywhere giving me a big thumbs up;
- Easy– Nigella is a big proponent of tray bakes for weeknight cooking, and I couldn’t agree more.
So will I be making this again? Yes. Probably next week, if I can get away with it. (Note to self: Add feta.)