No Soup for You!
A Bowl Full of What!
Potential Disaster in a Bowl!
I had invited my good friend (Linda) over for dinner yesterday I had told her ahead of time that my homemade "French Onion Soup" would be the soup of the day. That day I went to the grocer's picking up all the ingredients I would need to make my soup. I had gotten all the ingredients accept the one that really makes the flavor- cooking sherry. I decided to improvise and used red wine in place of the cooking sherry. I was worried about how the soup would taste; in the end this would be the least of my worries. When I took the taste test I was relieved as it was pleasing to my taste buds; I just hoped Linda would like it as well. As I was fluttering around my kitchen getting everything set for dinner a thought ran through my head that sent me into a panic!
What was I Thinking
My friend is a recovering alcoholic the dinner I was preparing for her had alcohol in it. My god what was I thinking! I rushed madly to my computer trying to find out if it was true that the alcohol used in foods gets burned off during the cooking process. Well in my findings I found that it was suggested when cooking meals for recovering alcoholics not to serve them foods that have alcohol in the ingredients. Apparently not all the alcohol is burned off when cooking with alcohol. I was in a state of panic and fear; I couldn't believe how close I had come to feeding my friend a dinner that could have possibly set of the trigger that would lead her to drinking alcohol again.
Not the Wonderful Meal
I would have felt so awful if that would have happened; it is highly unlikely but why take that chance. I would not want my "French Onion Soup" being responsible for my friend falling off the wagon and into a bottle of alcohol. I then rushed around trying to find something else that I could make but I had no microwave to do a quick defrost; and my guest was due to arrive in half an hour! She would be expecting to be fed a big bowl or two of "French Onion Soup"! The french loaf that was intended for my "French Onion Soup" I made garlic bread with that instead which I burnt and as the main dish I served frozen Cannelloni dinners not quite the wonderful meal I had planned.
Make Sure there is No Alcohol in Ingredients
Well on a brighter note Linda and I where able to see the humorous side to this whole near disaster in a bowl; we ended up having a nice enjoyable evening minus the soup. If you or someone you know is a recovering alcoholic I would suggest when cooking them a meal to stay away from the ones with alcohol in the ingredients. Even when going out to a restaurant make sure there is no alcohol in the ingredients of your meal. I think restaurants should display on their menu's meals that contain alcohol in the ingredients. Ask your server or even ask to speak to the chef who is preparing your meal if it has alcohol in the ingredients. Even meals you may think don't contain alcohol could - better to be safe than sorry- just ask!
Dedicated to my dear friend Linda