There are those accidents that are not so happy (you know the ones) and then there are those that are not only happy but delicious, too. These last few weeks seem to have been nothing but one loooooooong birthday celebration for my favorite 8 year old. We’ve done the BIG trip to Legoland, Florida. We’ve done the slumber party with a house full of 8 boys –– holy, moly who knew there could be such a smell in the wee hours of the morning from such adorable kids? And on the official day, he decided on sushi for dinner to be served alongside one of his favorite side dishes –– roasted potatoes. The sushi was a go and easy to cover and I thought the potatoes would be just as easy given that I’ve made them hundreds of times before.
Maybe it was the lack of sleep from all of the said celebration time, or maybe I was just not paying attention because I’ve done the recipe so many times before but … some how, instead of grabbing the ground black pepper, I reached for black sesame seeds and managed to sprinkle those instead. Whoops! “Oh no,” I thought “I’ve ruined the birthday boys favorite side dish.” What to do? Rinse it all off and start over? or continue and try to save the side dish? I opted for the later and crossed my fingers. Adding in some nutty tahini paste, sprinkled in with some regular sesame seeds and onion powder to create Tahini Roasted Potatoes — yum. The real test? Seeing if the big kid would go for it and not have a complete it’s-my-birthday-and-I-can-melt-down-if-I-want-to moment. I put them on the plate without saying a word, set them down in front of him, and walked away holding my breath. The result? Silence, then “Huh? These are even better than my usual potatoes, mom,” he said. I exhaled and poured a glass of wine — this party is officially over.