Sunday, January 15, 2012

Recipe Wars

Something I haven't blogged about to date is that my sister and I are have been engaged in an ugly standoff since Christmas.  I am usually not the type of person who airs dirty laundry in public but this is just too big to keep to myself and we're all friends here right? 

I know you're imagining some deep dark family scandal. Like the revelation my sister was adopted at birth and I've known all these years and didn't say anything. Some of you probably ran and got your popcorn already and are settled down waiting for full disclosure.  So here it is : Our standoff is over trading recipes. 

SOP served an awesome potato salad on Christmas night and I asked for the recipe. Past experience dictates that I should have stood over her with a stick until she gave it to me there and then but I'm a trusting soul.  Sharing is not her middle name. Case in point : I have been begging for her scone recipe for YEARS and she steadfastly refused to give it to me. She just used to smile enigmatically and say she couldn't give it out.  It had gotten to the point where the thought of her taking that scone recipe to the grave was keeping me awake at night. She eventually confessed last July after 20 years of baking the best scones ever, that she uses the CWA box scone mix you buy at the store.  

Then on Boxing Day I served up that awesome galette I snaffled from Mrs. X who shall remain nameless (for reasons that will be come apparent as you read this sorry tale) and my sister asked me for the recipe. Now it isn't that I don't trust her and it isn't like she's promised to swap recipes with me before and they've never materialised (cough cough) so this time  I told her I'd happily give her the galette recipe just as soon as the potato salad recipe hit my Inbox. And for good measure I told her I'd throw in my cinnamon bun pancake recipe for free because I'm a loving sister and I'm not precious about sharing my recipes.

It's been three weeks since Christmas and I've got nothing and I've been hankering for that potato salad because it really is THAT good. Like Veruca Salt "I Want It Now !". I'm starting to wonder if my sister is waiting for potatoes to become extinct as part of some dastardly plot to ensure she continues to have world domination of the Best.Potato.Salad.Ever.

SOP keeps asking me for the galette recipe and I keep telling her she can have it just as soon as I have that potato salad recipe in my hot little hand because up until this point I've been using that awesome galette recipe as my insurance. I've even taken my plight to Facebook as a way of shaming her into sending me the recipe.  And still nothing. (Insert your own visual here of me sitting round tapping my foot , looking at my watch and doing nothing besides waiting, waiting, waiting for a bloody potato salad recipe......)

Then today I remembered that Google is the font of all knowledge.  Google knows everyone's secrets and isn't hoity toity about blurting them out. So accordingly I googled . And look what I found.


So, guess what we had for dinner tonight....


A mature and loving sister would hand over that galette recipe to her sister now for free wouldn't she ? Even though her sister didn't come through with her promised recipe. 

I'm still thinking about it. But the potato salad was awesome. 

28 comments:

Nicky said...

hah - has she googled galette and that is why she is holding onto potato salad!?

Stand off at recipe counter! Where's the sheriff?

Amanda said...

I recon I even saw that episode of BHG. Love the story. At least you can have a good stand off with your sister.

take the cake said...

That will teach her!

Kirsten's Cooking said...

Mwah hah ha! This is hilarious! I think it's too funny that you google-searched and got a result.
I'm off to check out the recipe now.
Can't wait to see what happens with the galette:)

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Okay, I must need some coffee b/c I'm sitting here wondering why she put it on google and sent it to me but she never emailed it to you. Wait, I know, she a GOOD SOP! lol

Glad you had yummy potato salad.

Sara said...

We google pretty much everything in our house, but all the googling in the world wont help me when it comes to cooking :(

Shocking Hocking said...

haha - yep, you have to show you're the 'bigger woman' - sure as hell needles my sister when i go all sanctimonious and holier than thou...hehehehe

Lorraine said...

Too funny......you can of course give her the recipe and leave out a key ingredient.....I am pretty sure that's what people do when they give me a recipe....because it never turns out as well when I make it! That's my story and I am sticking to it!

Pokey said...

Oh, what fun! I can't believe how "secretive" folks are after their recipes! Almost everything is on the web, huh? But listed as "SOP?" What a trick!
BTW, I have to go check it out....

Elizabeth said...

Ha, ha! Great story! I say keep the galette recipe, but that's just my vindictive side manifesting.

Clickety-clicking on over to check out that recipe. Potato salad is awesome.

xo -E

Terri said...

Hi Shay, nice girl, how about sharing that potato salad recipe with us? It looks amazing.
Hugs

Dianne Neale said...

Great story - I bet you two were trouble when you were little!
I do have one question though. What in heavens name is veruca salt? Oh I should google it!

Dianne Neale said...

OK I googled it. I thought it was some sort of nightmare foot-related condiment!

Mistea said...

So glad Google is such a caring sharing fellow.
Enjoy the potato salad and the Galette.

73mw said...

Lol - great story - I'd hold on to my recipe if I were you - at least for a little while ;0)

Leanne said...

Ha ha you have to love Mr Google there is nothing he doesn't know. I'm of the opinion if your sister does not play nice in the sand box you don't have to either.

thea said...

Okay, I tried to find that recipe on google and couldn't find it. Pretty amazing that you found it. The potato salad looks amazing.

Maybe to get your sister back you should post the recipe on line and let everyone have it .. that'd show her.

Kate said...

Does your Mom own a black and white striped shirt with Referee printed on the back?

Kirsten's Cooking said...

I'm totally making that potato salad as soon as it gets warm....do me a favor and remind me in June:)

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh that is so funny and I know you got that galette recipe straight over to her didn't you. At least she didn't give it to you and leave a vital ingredient out....happened to me.

AnnieO said...

I'm sure she's amazed that you didn't Google it before, since you and Google are practically joined at the hip. OMG, hiliarious!

Kristie said...

Hahaha!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Shay, you are such a crack up!! I've got a real craving for potato salad now. Thanks for sharing your funny tale.

susan said...

I'm shallow and vindictive, and think 20 years would be the appropriate length of time to make her wait for the galette recipe!

bj said...

hahhhaaaa. Shay, I bet you and your sis have such fun....:))
Now, gotta go take a look at that potato salad...

Vesuviusmama said...

Ok, I've gotta know, how did you get that on Google?

Leslie said...

THIS IS HILARIOUS!!! The payoff, the search, is just priceless!!! Oh my goodness, this whole post made me laugh so hard!

Anonymous said...

I have a hankering for apple galette..waaaaahhhhh!!!!

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