I love to check out food blogs especially through Pinterest. Their blogs gleam with cooking successes and beautiful photographs of the foods they make. I rarely come across bloggers who share their failures in the kitchen though. So here goes my Cooking failure post!
Last week I attempted to make my Grandmother’s Swedish Meatball Recipe. I was pretty excited to try it out for the first time but was also very nervous. The meatballs were the easy part of the recipe and they came out okay…minus there being too many breadcrumbs. But when it came time for the sauce/roux, I dropped the ball and failed hardcore! First of all, the recipe was written for pan-fried meatballs but my mother advise I bake them for a healthier option. Since the recipe required pan-fried cooking it also suggested using the drippings as the base for the roux. Well I had not drippings. Plan B was to make a roux on my own to start the base then continue adding the ingredients. We found a roux recipe online but it called for a lot of butter and flour. Judd had me add a few extra bits of the two ingredients which was the main reason WHY it failed! The roux thickened up too quickly and was impossible to stir once the meatballs were placed in to cook. The end result was crumbly meatballs in a thick beef roux that was the consistency of cottage cheese. We attempted to eat it but it was terrible! I was devastated. I called my mom in tears and she made me feel a whole lot better. She admitted that this recipe was difficult even for her.
I always try to have confidence while cooking especially with new recipes. I try to keep an open mind when making something new. But this recipe took an emotional hit on my heart. My grandmother was a beast in the kitchen. She could cook anything and everything but she also didn’t work. I would probably be experimenting more if I didn’t work either!
Every once in a while I will ruin a recipe. I try to laugh at my failures and usually I will attempt to make the recipe again giving myself a second chance to make it right. Here are a few of my laugh-worthy cooking fails which began at age 13:
- I burned 15 second bacon in my parent’s microwave when I was 13 and home alone with my brother during the summer. I put the bacon in for 5 minutes…the house reeked of burnt bacon for a week.
- I forgot to blanch fresh green beans for a recipe once. Hard green beans are GROSS.
- I poured too much basil pesto over gnocchi the first time I made it which resulted in garlic and oil breath FOR DAYS!
Do you have any cooking fails worth laughing about? Share them with us!