Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Keeping it Real

Do you ever have really amazing cooking streaks in the kitchen where everything comes out tasty, nothing gets burned and your whole family thinks you're a culinary genius?

Well, I've recently been experiencing the opposite.

I've burned toast, pita chips, and cheese sauce.

I made (all within the same week - can you say epic fail?) three of the strangest tasting dishes I've cooked up in a long time:

Super Uber Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Muffins. I tried to make these with zero fat (by using greek yogurt instead of butter), half the amount of honey I should have used and 100% whole wheat flour. They came out with this weird sponge-like texture that I just couldn't handle. And attempting to only slightly sweeten the dark cocoa powder was a bad idea. 

Surprisingly, even though my husband and I hated them, our daughter ate 6 of them within a couple days. Kids are weird.

Then I got this idea to make a pesto or tapinade of sorts by using olives, tarragon, garlic and onion.  Let's just say that the briny olive taste DOES NOT mesh well with the slightly licorice taste of tarragon. We all choked down a few bites and called it good before diving into the few remaining cinnamon rolls.

The worst part though was when I went to make my Lamb Kebabs with Garlic Sauce. You would think that a recipe I've made before and loved wouldn't turn out nasty. But it did. The ground lamb seemed a bit fatty when I was working with it but I decided to ignore that and carry on. Then I discovered that I was out of eggs so I used baking soda to hold it together...something I had seen a chef recommend for a similar recipe. The texture of the kebabs when they were cooked was, well, crumbly. They were so dang greesy but yet dry and somewhat bitter tasting (from the baking soda). It was the weirdest fail I've experienced in a long time.

Anyhow, I just thought I would share with you some of the bloopers I've had in the kitchen recently. :sigh:

To play it safe, and because my daughter requested it, we're having our favorite Griddle Cakes, scrambled eggs and fruit smoothies for dinner tonight. :)

Tomorrow I will share with you one of my favorite lunch recipes! I've been making it for years so here's hoping I don't screw anything up and have another fail on my hands. :)

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