This one goes out to Adam J. Holland, who writes a wicked good blog that also tantalizes the taste buds.
His Creamy Tex-Mex Orzo Salad seemed just the thing for the dying days of summer, so I set out in search of ingredients. Tomatoes? Are you kidding? Check. Sour cream? Check. Coriander? Check. Mayonnaise? Check. Corn? Check. So far, so good.
Limes? Available, but very expensive. Luckily, a colleague had just given me some green Japanese citrusy things that seemed would suffice.
Orzo? Are you mad? I scoured the import stores but no such luck. I finally settled on some terribly cute bunny shaped pasta from Germany. (I say if you’re going to substitute, do it with flair.) Most of their ears fell off when I boiled them, but I’m not sentimental about such things.
When I went to put the whole thing together, I discovered I was out of salsa, but since the bunnies were already humiliated, I decided to persevere. I even tossed in some leftover grilled chicken just for giggles.
The result? It didn’t look much like the original but was still quite tasty. I guess it all comes down to expectations. If you don’t have any, you can’t be disappointed. Also, life without orzo is still pretty great.