In some classic literature novel there is a character who always says, “So this is where (he/she) makes (her/his) mistake.” I think it was Mr. Wickfield in David Copperfield, but I’m not sure. Still, it’s a quote I’ve always liked for some reason 🙂
Just before we made our last wine run to New Jersey, I saw a post on radish (daikon) cake for Chinese New Year. I’m not really sure where I saw it but give me a shout out if it was your post. I probably commented on it. Anyway, I wanted to make it and picked up some items at the Asian market in New Jersey with this in mind, even though I didn’t have the recipe and therefore was not quite sure about the ingredients and quantities.
When I got back home, I was still not sure where I saw the recipe, so had to search the internet for any recipe for Chinese radish cake. The one I found could be it but I think not. It was a good recipe but at first I thought I made my mistake with sausage, mushroom, bacon and shrimp overkill.
The real mistake was in the radish and flour quantities. I should have had 3 radishes not 1 and then figured out what they meant by 8 oz; I think it was weight, not cup, because when I took a cup of flour out of the 16 oz bag, it was no where near half empty.
I did get the flour right for the amount of radish I had. I used 1 1/2 cups of flour and that seemed to work. I don’t have a kitchen scale yet (amazon.com) because the very nice digital one is in France. Again, the quantity of flour and radish allowed me to fill only one pan instead of the two the recipe calls for and the “loaf” lost a lot of it’s smooth elegance, bearing a close resemblance to a Christmas fruit cake 😀
I’m not saying it wasn’t good, because it was. It just wasn’t elegant, more like hearty 😀
Another thing. I used fresh mushrooms instead of the dried because I could and they were very pretty in the store.
No recipe today. Follow the link for the real thing. Tomorrow we go to Vadim and Galina’s for lunch at their home on the Delaware river. I’m taking the camera 😉