a reply to: Skid Mark
Alright, so my coworker - we'll call him Neet - was an Indian native who came to America for college and stayed, if I recall correctly. He comes by
my cube one day just as I had sat down with my lunch of some reheated PrairieShepherd-Not-Quite-World-Famous-But-Really-Spectacular Chili. He sniffs
and says, "Prairie, that smells really good!" I had not had any yet so I gave him a bite and he really liked it. I told him I'd email him the
Now, I make chili using the Prairie method - that is to say, I know the ingredients and the process, but not the exact amounts. I had a good enough
idea to write it down, though, since I'd been making it for about 10 years at that point, so that's what I did. He got the email and excitedly told
me he would make it for his family right away.
Sooooo...Monday rolls around and Neet comes by my cube again. "Prairie I have to say, I made your chili this weekend but it was not very good."
"Well that's interesting, it was a pretty accurate rendition of my recipe. Why don't you tell me what you did?"
"Well," says Neet, "we made your recipe exactly as you wrote it. Although, we didn't have any beef, so we substituted lamb."
think I, that might change it a bit, but it should still have been good...
"And, my wife doesn't really like onions, so we used mushrooms in instead."
"And she doesn't really like hot food, so we didn't put the chili powder in. But we used curry so that should have been OK. And we left out some of
the beans - she doesn't like the beans so much. Oh, and we didn't have any baker's chocolate so we left that out too."
"So, I think I know what happened here, Neet. I'm not sure what you made, but it wasn't my chili..."
Now, to his credit, he took my recipe to a large family gathering in Sri Lanka and promised me he'd make it exactly
to the recipe. He came
back from that trip and told me they made it to the letter and it was a big hit...
...but they did still add curry to it.