Have you ever found a recipe that you knew would be the best dish ever; make it and then try it and it’s totally awful or didn’t come out correctly??
Oh, it’s just me??
Well yes that seems to happen more frequently than not! Since I moved to California I have tried and failed at four different new recipes – two of them were desserts and two of them were main course dishes. I realize that the number four may not seem like a lot over the course of eight weeks, but it really is!
I decided to write this post because I just didn’t want everyone thinking I always make a delicious dinner or dessert… because there are so many times where I’ll experiment with a recipe and it’s either gross, flavorless, overly salty or just plain bad. There’s this movement on Instagram where people post more realistic pictures of what is actually going on rather than setting up a perfect picture to capture. So this is my piece of that movement. I guess. Ha!
My most recent fail was this last weekend when I attempted to make a batch of cookies with caramel and walnuts. My brother called me several weeks ago to see if I could make a batch of these cookies that he had while at a catered work event. He really didn’t have much information except they had caramel and walnuts in them and it tasted like a simple chocolate chip cookie base.
So I took that little information and made the cookies, and they were the opposite of spectacular! They were bland, slightly weird and a major fail. I was super bummed about this because I took pictures of all the steps in hopes of blogging it!
My second dessert fail was just a week or so after we had moved here to California. I had seen someone make a chocolate cream pie on TV so I decided that I needed to make one too, and so I did. It actually turned out perfectly as far as taste and flavor goes, but it didn’t set. I did make it from scratch, but I must have missed one ingredient that was necessary to set the pie. I’m just glad I never invited anyone over to eat it with us – how embarrassing!!
When football season started up I decided I wanted to make a few of those classic football menu items like wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. I found a recipe for Parmesan-Garlic wings and went out and bought the wings and tried it out. To be honest, the flavor of this sauce was spot on, it was mostly the chicken itself that will keep me from making this ever again. Is anyone else totally grossed out by raw chicken?? I can work with almost anything else raw (even seafood) but chicken grosses me out every time I make it and this had skin and bones on it.
I’m so not a country girl, I know.
The second dish I didn’t like was a recipe I have seen on Pinterest often and I found it in a cookbook by a well-known chef. It is a baked veggie dish that has eggplant, zucchini, squash, onions and tomatoes. They are set in a pinwheel type style in a baking dish, have you seen this? It looked like such a delicious and gorgeous dish and I was so excited to make it. I was very let down when I tried it because it did not meet any of my expectations. It definitely didn’t look like the picture had and I’m almost certain it didn’t taste as good either. I also decided after making this that I don’t like eggplant at all.
So here’s to messing up so that we learn to improve! Have you ever messed up a dish that you were super excited about making?