Help! Need Horseradish TODAY
I am responsible for bringing horseradish to Christmas dinner tonight. In my rush of last-minute shopping I forgot to buy it. It's a big part of the dinner, since we're having roast beef. I read that Oasis Market in Oakland is open today, but it's a verry long shot that a Mid-Eastern market would carry horseradish.
SO, if anybody who lives in Oakland or Berkeley has some to spare I will gladly pay for it. If you don't want me to come to your house I could pick it up at the curb.
What I would do: go to Oasis Market and get a few spicy/sharp Middle Eastern condiments and tell your dinner mates that you thought, for this Christmas, it would be fun to try a modern/multiculti iteration of the tired old combination of roast beef w/ horseradish.
Sort of a variant of Julia Child's saying something like, if you burn the sweet potatoes, serve them without apology, as a new delicacy.
Or just fess up as to the reason for the Middle Eastern condiments, if a tall tale on Christmas Day feels wrong.
A while back I was about to serve a trad shrimp cocktail and realized I had neither horseradish nor ketchup and instead mixed together mayo and Sriracha sauce and lemon juice; and it was, of course, delicious. How new traditions are created!