It has been a long time since I’ve added to our little disaster pile. Even so, it hasn’t prevented me from moaning about my duds or enduring nasty week long ruts. Certainly it can’t be true, the evidence is unfounded if I do not pin up the proof here on these pages as a blathering confession of failure. If I don’t show you then it didn’t happen, right? If you ask my hard drive, however, it has a different story. There are currently over 320 demonstrations shoved under the title of “help me!”. Things like macadamia drop scones (Hawaii, a macadamia paradise, inspired these and of course they flopped themselves right to the trash, taking with them a morsel of my baking happiness), red lentil fritters (in actuality were more like little red hockey pucks, except hockey pucks have more flavor), lemon speculoos ice cream, and yes, even these fresh corn hush puppies.
Up until last week if you asked me what a hush puppy was I would have mumbled and stumbled through a vague definition of a fried seafood ball thing. My (thankfully) few childhood experiences at Long John Silver’s formed that view as I’m sure I got it mixed up with the miscellaneous other fried things on my seafood platter. Thankfully I was wrong as I found out last week during our fleeting beach trip. We went to an ocean front restaurant sitting upon stilts and priding itself on the spectacular sunset views to be had from its deck. It of course had the usual beachy smorgasbord of seafood offerings along with a few extras for the sea-averse. Before ordering my husband leaned over and asked the waitress what hush puppies were. “Like a doughnut” she said.
Like a doughnut. She was right. The little fried dough balls she brought us were similar to savory doughnut holes you could butter up and pop into your mouth before anyone could pass a judging eye. Small, fluffy, warm, and all of it bread. It was perhaps the one redeeming quality of our meal that night. It also, just so happened, that I found an email in my inbox the same week for beignet style hush puppies using fresh sweet corn and herbs.