Dearest readers: I was asked to do my very first guest post! Heidi, over are Foodies Are Fun, is putting together a series she is going to call “Foodie Follies.” This series is going to feature the hilarious stories we all encounter in the kitchen and that only a few of us share with the world (despite the embarrassment). Please head over to her place to read about my disastrous attempt at mama’s tortilla Española!
Hello Foodies Are Fun readers! My name is Rocío and I blog over at Apicius’ Apprentice about learning my way around the kitchen. I am no stranger to cooking catastrophes, so when Heidi asked me if I had a story I could share, I immediately thought: “hmmmm… which one?”
To give you a sense of my cooking abilities, my first attempt in the kitchen involved a packet of Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Muffins. It was one of those just-add-an-egg and milk kinds of packets. I set out to make an afternoon treat for the family but when I pulled the muffin pan out of the oven, I could tell something went terribly wrong. The muffins had not risen, they were very dark (close to burnt), and were like little rocks. It turned out I had forgotten to add the milk… yeah… one of only two ingredients I had to remember… genius, no? I was in eighth grade at the time, but it pretty much set the tone for this culinary adventure I have been on ever since.
Before I get to this week’s incident, allow me to set the scene for you. Read more…
I strongly dislike starting December with a mediocre recipe. I’m a sucker for soup, but something about this didn’t appeal to me.
The combination of spices sounded interesting (cumin seeds and chili flakes), and it even called for fresh ginger! But somewhere between the blended sweet potatoes and chickpeas, and the added spinach, it fell flat. Luckily, I made cornbread muffins to go with the soup, and they salvaged the meal. The soup didn’t taste as bland with the crumbled muffins in it 🙂
Lame as this post (and soup) has been, there are exciting things on the horizon! Two of my friends have agreed to let me showcase their favorite recipe on Feature Friday! I’m also hoping to get a step-by-step “how to” from mom on her delicious spanish tortilla. It’s all very exciting and I look forward to sharing it with you!
Here’s to December, and to the end of 2010!
Dear Food Blogosphere,
What am I doing wrong? Have I offended the Apicius’ memory? I feel like the last two days have been riddled with rookie mistakes, but I don’t know what they are. First, there was yesterday’s chicken. Then, there was today’s excuse for teriyaki pork. I love crock pots and meat recipes, so what happened?
I found a recipe in my “Fix-it and Forget-it” cook book for teriyaki pork that looked promising. 7 hours later, the result was a tough pork chop that was almost completely flavorless. I couldn’t even finish it. Luckily, the dog loved eating my leftovers! The only saving grace of this meal was the green beans recipe that I served with the pork (pictured in the back of the center photo). I’ll post that recipe tomorrow. It deserves its own post and feature cause I’m not going to lie, it was kind of awesome.
Anyhow, I hope you all are doing well. If you have any ideas or tips on why this flopped, please let me know! Please?
(a.k.a. Apicius’ lousy Apprentice)