Time to come clean! I need to get a few things off my chest so I can start a new week on a clean slate.
I have been busy at being a bad cook lately! So many flops, fails and frustration… in so little time. I’m certain I could write a weekly blog about my many mishaps, but I’ve been compiling them for this blog. So, for your amusement (and my catharsis) here’s a look at what happens when cooking goes wrong!
FOODIE FOUL UP #1
I have to start with my culinary unicorn. You know, that elusive recipe that I can never seem to get right. It’s the ever-complicated No-Bake Cookie! I’ll wait for the laughter to subside. Ok, done?! Good! Yes, that’s right… what should be the most simple of recipes is impossible for me to master. I mean, come on! The phrase “no-bake” is in the name! That should imply ease!
What makes my supreme failure even worse is that the no-bake is my husband’s favorite dessert! Poor thing! I decided to make a batch on Halloween because we had no candy whatsoever in the house. I thought I had it all worked out in my head. I knew where I had gone wrong the last times… and I knew how to fix it. I needed to boil the chocolate a little longer so the cookies would stick together. No such luck. The only way to keep them from becoming a soggy mess was to keep them in the fridge. Good thing I like cold cookies! The time before that, it was even worse… the sugar never dissolved so we were stuck with gritty cookies that had to be stored in the freezer. Yeesh! I swear, someday I’ll get it right!
FOODIE FOUL UP #2
Ohhhh…. there’s more.
My next train wreck really made me sad because I messed up one of my favorite vegetables.
I decided to roast some potatoes and asparagus to go along with a dish we were having that escapes me now (I guess it wasn’t too memorable either!). Not realizing that asparagus needs less time to roast than potatoes, I put them on the same dish and I’m sure you can guess what happened: My asparagus shriveled up into dry, brownish-green, barely-recognizable stalks of “inedible yuck.” The potatoes, while tender, were barely seasoned, so that was a wash too!. Le Sigh.
FOODIE FAIL #3
This one isn’t so much of a fail as a disappointment.
Ever set out to make something and have such high hopes that when you eat it, you just sink into a foodie depression because it falls flat? Enter my Stuffed Acorn Squash.
I was really excited to make this for lunch one day this fall. Where I think it all unraveled was my brain fart of not baking the squash first to get it tender before stuffing it with rice and hamburger. It took forever to cook, and by the time it was done, the filling was a little dried out and the squash was still a little hard. I ate every bite (we can’t be wasteful) but it was not a pleasant experience.
Ok, now you know my dirty secrets. I feel much better having cleared the air! Now I can leave it all in the past, learn from my mistakes and move on to bigger, better, and more delicious adventures!
Have a great weekend everyone!