Leigh Lambert Re-creating recipes from memory is always a bit of a gamble. As time elapses, the mind has a tendency to glorify the remembered food until it is unattainable. There always seems to be a little something to alter that would bring it closer to the Real Deal.
In the case of vacation food or childhood favorites, the actual tastes are inevitably interwoven with the emotions of the moment. So, in the case of my reconstructing the peanut butter granola, the "missing" flavor I was seeking turned out not to be edible at all. What was impossible to factor in was the smell of the sea air and the sound of the elephant seals barking in the distance.
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