From the Australian Women’s Weekly Dinner Party Cookbook No. 2 – New, exciting menus for all seasons
In the short time since we started Bad Jelly, Sarah and I have eaten some unbelievably bad things. First there was the Salmon Mousse (I have not been able to so much as look at salmon since), the Anchovy Cream Stuffed Apricots (so thankful I was away for that one) and how could we forget (dear god please let me forget) – the almighty Prawns in a Mould.
And so we thought to ourselves: “Now come on. Surely not every retro recipe tastes like an April Fools Day prank. Let’s try and make something that is not only edible but, dare we say it, enjoyable.”
And that’s how we chose Crispy Cheese Pancakes with Zucchini Sauce:
Pancakes (yum) stuffed with three cheeses (yuuuum!) and then deep fried (triple yum!). Even the sauce sounded nice – butter, chopped shallots, zucchini… What could possibly go wrong?
We were so, so excited to dig in. Finally, something that wasn’t going to send us running to the bin! Even if it meant spending two hours at the gym to burn off the copious amounts of calories we were about to consume, by God, it was going to be worth it. Triple Cheese Deep Fried Pancakes! Woooo Hooo!
Now, the recipe above describes the dish as”interesting”. And it was. What was interesting about it is that it honestly did not taste of anything. Here are the verdicts:
Sarah: More disappointing than sea monkeys.
Emma: How does this not taste of anything? It has everything going for it; the perfect crunch, the melty, oozing cheese… I don’t understand. Wait – let me have another bite, just in case I missed some Parmesan or something… Nope, tastes the same.
Alister: So fatty but yet so bland.
Duncan: The texture is really nice, needs acid and more seasoning.
Summary: It had the potential to be one of the greats, but unless we’d deviated from the recipe and drained a salt lake, deforested a pepper plantation and added many, many more flavoursome cheeses, I’m not sure we ever really stood a chance.