Welcome to Taste & Create II where food bloggers try each others recipes! This event was created by Nicole of For the Love of Food as a way for food bloggers to taste and share each others’ recipes. So often I drool over the photos I see on other blogs but never get around to actually making the recipe. This event is forcing me to do so. I signed up to participate in the second round of Taste and Create and was partnered up with Deborah of Taste and Tell. I don’t think I could have gone wrong with any of the recipes on her site, but, as usual I had a hard time making a decision. So I chose two recipes instead of one. Go big or go home.
The first recipe I tried was Chocolate Coconut Sorbet which is actually from the most popular ice cream book around, David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop. Given the source of the recipe, it was bound to be good. The only problem I had was one of my own, one which I keep having and that aggravates me to no end. I’ve repeatedly let the liquid that I’m melting chocolate into get too hot, which results in a separated and grainy chocolate. This has happened on countless occasions and to a variety of my chocolate concoctions. Enough is enough, I’m vowing that this will be the last time. I want to remake this sorbet properly, because even though my mistakes resulted in a less than desirable texture, the sorbet still had nice flavour. Deborah included a photo of her dog Max when she posted about this sorbet, so I felt it necessary to include one of my cat, Kishu.
The second recipe I replicated was a sauce for Sweet and Spicy Wings. Deborah made this recipe up herself in an attempt to recreate the ‘Amazing Sauce’ from Wingers restaurant. She said that her version was good, but that she still wanted to tweak it a bit. Having never had the ‘Amazing Sauce’ from Wingers, I couldn’t say whether this remotely resembled it. It is good though! My suggestions for improvement would be to add more hot sauce, (possibly some Sriracha chili sauce) and maybe decrease the brown sugar to ¼ cup. But I liked it. The wings were wonderfully sticky and messy. I’ve come to realize that the number of paper towels you go through while eating wings is directly correlated to their tastiness. More paper towels = more tasty.
Sweet & Spicy Wings
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. ketchup
1 T. honey
2 t. hot sauce (like Tabasco)
2 t. apple cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved and sauce thickens up a bit.