I really dislike recipes that include pretentious, dare I say, wanky, ingredients. You can keep your toasted pine nuts and your roasted pistachios off my pizza thanks very much (and not just because my girls are allergic to nuts).
I like good, old fashioned recipes that use real, every day, food that doesn’t have an inflated price tag and that I probably have in my cupboard already. We eat a variety of food from various cultures, so my cupboards are usually pretty well stocked, just not with the snob factor ‘nuevo-cusine’ ‘big-plate-small-food’ type of ingredient.
So, I came across this recipe for zucchini chips and was initially thrilled. A new way to use up all the zucchinis we’ve been growing! But reading through the list of ingredients I was a bit put off by the requirement for fancy ‘panko’ bread crumbs.
Ok, I admit it…. first I was confused.
I had to ask Twitter (because twitter knows everything) what on earth a ‘panko bread crumb’ was. It turns out, panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs. Kind of big fat, extra crunchy white bread crumbs. Thanks twitter…. now I was definitely put off.
Who has stupid, pretentious, wanko panko bread crumbs in the cupboard? And not just plain every day panko, but ‘Italian style Panko’. Huh? Italian style Japanese bread crumbs??
No matter how much my twitter followers assured me that the panko bread crumbs were in fact delicious, and well worth the extra cost, I was still sceptical. I assumed my little local supermarket wouldn’t have such a crazy ingredient, and why not just use regular breadcrumbs anyway…. But deep down I knew.
I knew that the zucchini chips just wouldn’t be the same with regular every day bread crumbs.
So off I went, in search of some Panko. To my surprise even our closest tiny little supermarket had them, and they weren’t even that expensive. They only had the plain old Japanese style panko but it was pretty easy to add the herbs and stuff to make them into ‘italian style’ panko.
So I chipped and dipped and panko-ed and baked and what do you know…. The zuchinni chips were delicious, and the panko really were as good as everyone said they would be.
So here I am, eating my words as I eat my pretentious, wanky, zucchini chips!