I’ve been thinking about doing this in place of a Wordless Wednesday for a while now, and by a while now, I mean months. I’ve been sort of hesitant, because someone who wants to be known for being a pretty experienced cook in the kitchen probably shouldn’t be posting her kitchen “oopsies” for all the world to see. But I try not to look at it that way, and I thought this would be a fun and encouraging post for others to see. The way I see it, if you’re not making mistakes, you’re either: 1. Not taking enough risks, or 2. Not learning. Yes, I admit that the majority of the things I make come out really well, but there are times when I try new things and they just don’t work, or a recipe needs to be tweaked. I’m sure Thomas Keller or even Gordon Ramsay have duds every once in a while. So if you have a kitchen oopsie moment, embrace it and learn from it. Here’s a celebration of failures:
Here I tried to make “risotto” with spaghetti in place of rice. The idea was to toast the spaghetti, then add stock little by little until the noodles absorbed the liquid, and we achieved a starchy sauce. I toasted the spaghetti a little too much!
This one is from a while back. I learned the importance of swirling the meringue flat onto a tart when using the broiler. The top gets burned otherwise! If you want height to your meringue with even browning, you have to use a kitchen torch, end of story.
My attempt to make spaghetti carbonara resulted in scrambled eggs and bacon pasta. Breakfast, anyone? The pan can’t be too hot when you’re making it!
And last but not least, sweet potato doughnuts, burned on the bottom. I tried to bake two sheets of them at the same time, but apparently being in the lower third of the oven is too much for the doughnuts. Center baking only, one sheet at a time! They look so much better when they’re not burned, don’t you think?
Alright, fortunately that’s it. Thank goodness my kitchen oopsies are rare, but here they are! I hope I didn’t embarrass myself! HAHAHA! See you tomorrow for a recipe. I think I’ll make sure the photo is extra pretty and the recipe is perfect, to restore my reputation! Thanks for reading, and I hope that some of you enjoyed this and were encouraged in some way! =)
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