What has been your best remedy ingredient to date? Once new to cooking curries - had a very sheltered upbringing - decided to make a curry for a friends coming over for dinner. This was when I was young and turrning up with a bottle of **** wine made us feel "grown up". Despite my youthful confidence, chucked in too much chilli powder and realised had nothing but searing curry to serve for guests. With quick thinking, I grabbed the chutney my mum had made for me and added enough until the sweetness removed the heat. Friends still rave about the 'fruity' curry I made. This is probably the only cookery event in my life where I have come out smelling of roses. As a result, am too scared to cook anything new for guests. Anyone else got great "save the day ingredient" stories. Perhaps we can all learn from each other.