A food blogger friend once advised me to take down a picture I’d posted. Her philosophy is that food bloggers should only post pictures of beautiful and tasty food. I listened to her and removed the photo.
But today I decided that this is a rule made to be broken. After all, you folks don’t come here for “food porn” or elaborate recipes—you come to learn how real people can cook healthy and tasty meals with a minimum of effort.
So on this site, I share my failures as well. We can learn from our mistakes. Just don’t ask me to link to them all in one place.
The food I served over the recent holidays came out great. I made kreplach, couscous, lasagna and many other favorites. But just two days after the end of the holidays, last Friday night, I made one of my most unsuccessful meals in many years.
Because I don’t want to lose your respect completely I won’t go into details, but it involved burnt rice and undercooked chicken. And a very disgusting pot.
Sometimes, you put a lot of time into preparing a dish only to have it go wrong at the last minute. In this case, it took several instances of bad judgment throughout the day to screw up so colossally. I made all of the usual mistakes—trying something new on a hectic day, not following instructions carefully, being rushed, willfully ignoring experience and instincts, and more. Fortunately I had no guests and there was plenty of other food.
It took me over an hour to clean the pot afterward. I found this metal spatula useful in getting off all of the junk. This picture was taken near the end of the process, believe it or not. Oy. I’m lucky that the pot (my Fagor pressure cooker) wasn’t damaged.
So what was your worst cooking disaster? Or perhaps you enjoyed your worst meal courtesy of someone else? Please share–it’ll make me feel better.
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