Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Veni, Vidi, Ut Perii.


(Photo Credit: Brooklyn Brewery)

Some people who have been following the blog know that I was competing in the Food Experiments Tour, sponsored by the Brooklyn Brewery. My confidence was high after a really nice Happy Hour with the competitors, followed by a quick shopping trip to Market District to pick up supplies (with the gift card the competition supplied!) It turns out to make 300 pierogies, it takes a bit of shopping. For my recipe, I went with a traditional pierogie, only filled with a mixture of potato, cheese, sauerkraut, and kielbasa. In order to have enough pierogies, it took a total of 15 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of potatoes, 3 dozen eggs, 4 pounds of onions, 2 pounds each of butter, cheese, and sauerkraut, and a pound and a half of kielbasa.

The pierogies were formed by 11:30 Saturday night, and after waking up at 7 am the day of the competition to boil the pasta, and saute the onions, I was ready to compete, alongside mi mama. And compete we did. Now, I could drag out the suspense, but those of you who are versed in Latin already know the answer. I was thoroughly trounced. I was very happy with the pierogies, for making a large amount of a brand new recipe, I was extremely happy. I was even happier whenever I was asked a few (OK, my ego counted, 6) times what restaurant I was with. I at least know the pierogies were edible, as at the end of the day, all of 267 of them were consumed.

At the end of the day, so what if I lost? It was a lot of fun to compete, and I met some great people, and had really great food and beer. And there is some rumor the competition is returning next year. That means I have a year to plan, and my vengeance will be sweet...(insert maniacal laughter here.) Just kidding...or am I?

Until Next Time,
Andrew

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