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Old 04-20-2007, 08:48 AM   #1
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Funny Failures

How about a section on recipes that have failed but you can laugh about it.
For example, i was heating a couple of pizzas whilst getting my 2girls ready for school.
It was for harvest festival and i intended to slice it and pack it up to take to school.
Well the pizzas burned, a really dark brown,borderline black.
They couldnt be cut and were so crispy they just broke into jagged pieces.

In a flash of inspiration i told my children to tell the school they were WHOLEMEAL pizza pieces.
After school the three of us were in stitches as the girls told me everybody loved the pizza bits and ate them with gusto.

is that funny or what?

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Old 04-20-2007, 09:59 AM   #2
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I have two:

The first one was a recipie on Americas Test Kitchen CRAB TOWERS WITH AVOCADO AND GAZPACHO SA
It looked good on TV, so I went out and bought all the ingredients....2 hrs and over $100 later, it came out horrible . My DW and I were looking at each other while preparing it and taking little tastes "It's pretty good, right?....You like it?....Ummmmm" and it went in the trash.

The second was my first attempt at a Gorgonzola sauce for a cauliflower gratin....yeah, I cooked it too long and the cheese broke. I learned my lesson on that one.

Those are the two major mistakes. My biggest problem is Timing. Trying to orchestrate 3-4 dishes at a time is difficult. But I'm getting the hang of it.
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:51 AM   #3
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yes some mistakes can be quite expensive. And i understand about the timing. sometimes my roast dinners fail because the spuds are still rock hard.

I once tried to make lemon meringue pie and some simple jam tarts.
They came out of the oven looking like the slime from outer space and an erupting volcano, what a mess.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:04 AM   #4
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This was, as it turned out, not entirely a failure, however once when I was making a meatloaf in a pressure cooker, I forgot to turn down the flame while I walked away from the kitchen, and burnt the crap out of it.
End result was actually surprisingly pleasant, with a perfect smoked, charbroiled flavour, which I could never recreate inside the house, and the meatloaf was delicious.
Pity I can't burn the crap out of my pressure cooker on purpose, it would kill my cooker if I did that!!
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:16 AM   #5
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ha ha that is funny ( im too terrified to use my pressure cooker, its never been used, you could have it if you lived nearer) and a shame that you cant reproduce the flavour.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:22 AM   #6
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ha ha that is funny ( im too terrified to use my pressure cooker, its never been used, you could have it if you lived nearer) and a shame that you cant reproduce the flavour.
Well, that very experience I had (and the fact that our kitchen remained intact) is a proof that modern pressure cookers are made with thorough safety precaution. When the inside gets over heated, it has triple device to release the pressure that comes from heat. Mine burned simply because all the liquid evaporated in the process and kept on cooking!
So have no fear, there will be no explosion even if you mess up!!
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:54 AM   #7
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I just remembered one that's a little embarrasing...but funny.

I had the family over for dinner one night, afterwards I decided to make lemon cupcakes (I made the same recipie about 50 times). So I get everything out and start going to town. When it came time to pour in the batter to the cupcake pan, I said "I thought this made like 20 cupcakes." I was using the 1/2 cup instead of 1 cup.

Lesson: Don't try baking after a few cocktails and wine.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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tee hee, ive mixed up metric and ounces before, and i wasnt sozzled.(urmaniac, hmm, maybe ill get the courage to use it, one day.)
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:58 AM   #9
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Funny stories. I have a lot of failures because I am big into experimenting. I even experiment when I have guests over - bad move because I don't know if it would be a hit or a miss.

I remember one episode where I wasted this huge amounts of rice. I mean huge (like 6 large cups or so). I was making fried rice to feed about 50 people. I wanted to cook the rice just slightly so that I could then fry it up in batches with the veggies and chicken and then put them in a foil pan and they go in the oven.

I cooked the rice and it was in a huge pot and it was for a lot longer than I should have. The rice were mushy and starchy and messed up. I had to throw the mess out and start from scratch. I was very scared at that point because my guests were due in two hours or so and this disaster had struck. In the end everything worked out.

I have made so many disasters when I was learning to cook it's not even funny. Too much salt, Too much red chili, Too much sugar in desserts - I almost made it inedible and it went into trash.

On the positive side if you don't make mistakes you don't learn. Now I make fewer mistakes but no one will take away the spirit of experimentation from me :-).
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Old 04-21-2007, 04:34 AM   #10
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thats why they make erasers and tippex. treat it as learning curve (says me)
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