Who gave me the evil eye? Or was it just the stink eye?

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For those of you who have blogs, you’ll understand that nagging feeling that I have when I want to post to my blog but I can’t.

You see, I’ve been going through a run of seriously bad cooking luck. It’s like I have a curse on me. It all started with a really tasty lamb stew. I can’t write about it because the Weight Watchers cookbook that I was cooking from, had a serious problem with the instructions for the stew. The author instructs you to bake it in the oven. After forty minutes you still have hard lamb which is when she instructs you to add potatoes and green beans to cook for the last twenty minutes. After twenty minutes you end up with warm but raw potatoes and green beans. I had to take the whole mess out of the oven and simmer it on the stove top for I don’t know how long until every thing got tender. So… I had no idea how I made the delicious stew and I’ll have to try it again to give you instructions. No picture to share with you. I got lucky on this one and the curse of doom did not prevent us from enjoying this meal for days.

My next attempt at something blogable was this yummy looking orzo dish:

Orzo with Artichokes

It looks pretty good in the picture. Sort of. By the way, the recipe said it was a side dish. I tried to pass it off as a main course. It was just ok served warm, but it needed something badly. I tried to squeeze some fresh lemon juice on it to give it some kick. What it really needed was something in addition to the artichoke hearts. I didn’t have much of anything in the house at the time except the exact ingredients for the recipe so it pretty much got made the way it was supposed to. My boyfriend enjoyed this dish so I’ll make it again, but next time I’ll add more veggies (roasted red peppers and/or steamed broccoli) and we’ll definitely have it as a cold pasta salad instead of a warm pasta dish. Leftovers were o.k. cold from the fridge. If you want to try it yourself, here is the link to the recipe on epicurious.com.

Look at this bread!

BreadFailure

It looks pretty huh?

This was my failed attempt at baking for this week’s YeastSpotting event. It’s been three weeks since I contributed and I am feeling horrible about it! What’s wrong you ask? The bread looks great you say! Well, look closer. I didn’t let the bread rise long enough, or my sourdough was wimpy or I didn’t let the bread rise long enough. The bread was hard and tough! It breaks into little braid bits when I slice it. Just a few minutes ago, my boyfriend was just running around chomping on braid bits chanting, “write in your blog that I love the bread, it’s delicious, I love it, write that!!” Ugh. I’ll be trying the bread recipe again and hopefully it will work out next time, it had a good flavor and it looks pretty. I think it is salvageable.

Well. There you have it. Hopefully my bad food curse will be lifted soon and I can share something delicious with you soon. And… whoever is shooting me the evil eye… stop it!!!

 

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7 Comments

  1. Natashya said,

    October 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    We all have the ones that don’t work out… a shame that you had to go through it a couple of times in a row – but that is what makes us appreciate the winning dishes all the more!

  2. drfugawe said,

    October 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Those of us who want to bake with sourdough must -I fear- live with an inconsistent tool – I’ve had many “partial” sourdough successes – I’ll have a great experience, followed by one where I had to wait 3 times as long as the recipe stated for the rise to happen – Why? Who knows? I can never figure out what it might be – I never change the way I treat the starter, so …?

    I do know this, Mimi, if you ever find the answer to this quandary, you’ll be a rich gal.

    • Mimi said,

      October 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

      It’s good to know I’m not alone with the whole sourdough thing. 😀

  3. Madam Chow said,

    October 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve been through this. I call it losing my baking/cooking mojo, and it ain’t a pretty thing at all. My remedy: usually picking something really challenging to make, and then going for it. Good luck!

    • Mimi said,

      October 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm

      I’m about to make someone a birthday cake….I’m glad you wished me luck!

  4. Andreas said,

    October 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    You win some, you loose some. That’s just the way it goes.
    I’ve produced the odd door-stop cake, too. There doesn’t seem to be a moyo-restoring charm. This condition will usually go away by its own.
    All the best for that birthday cake.

  5. November 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    […] insist on baking all of my bread with. If you have been following my blog, you already know that I screwed up this recipe last week. Although it was under proofed the flavor was really good and we ate the bread […]


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