It happens all the time. You find a great recipe that uses cheese you can’t find locally. Or a fruit or vegetable that you’ve never seen for sale. Or a seasoning that’s common in another country, but that none of your favourite stores carry.
Do you give up and make something else? Or do you go to the ends of the earth to make the longed-for recipe happen?
This is a tale of the latter.
When Andrew and I were in Chicago in July, we visited Mindy Segal’s restaurant, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, as part of a food tour. We loved the chocolate drink we were served, and I promised myself I’d try her new cookbook as soon as I got home.
When I got back, I flipped through the pages of this gorgeous cookbook. Everything looked delicious, but the recipe that really called out to me was Barter Brownies. Apparently, the first time Mindy tried them, she loved them so much she bartered one of her own recipes in exchange for this one. High praise indeed from a James Beard-winning cook.
And I was all ready to make them, when I was stumped by the exotic ingredient in question – Cocoa Rice Krispies.
Apparently those of you who live in the US can buy Cocoa Rice Krispies any time you like, but that’s a pleasure denied to us Canadians. To the best of my knowledge and research abilities, Cocoa Rice Krispies are not sold here.
Fortunately, my aunt was visiting from California in a few weeks, and I put in a special request. And she delivered, bringing the cereal in her suitcase. I didn’t waste any time making these wonderful brownies, and my family didn’t waste any time polishing them off with smiles on their faces.
And the best part is this – the recipe only calls for 1 1/2 cups of Cocoa Rice Krispies, which means I can make a few more batches before I have to put in another call for a special delivery.