Oh how I have been trying to be inspired in the kitchen! Here is my second attempt at making a banana cream pie and it ended up being completely disappointing and created a hell of a lot of dishes to clean. I could not get the milk and egg mixture to thicken despite the cornstarch over the heat of the stove and then these weird clumps showed up. After sauteing the bananas in butter and sprinkling with lemon juice they still turned totally brown! No, I will not be eating this dessert at all!
Then after so many people praised the crockpot (although not all of you did, I know) I thought I would give sweet potatoes a chance in the slow cooker. I found a recipe that had good reviews from three people and thought this was a safe choice. It turned into mess and mush! Not at all yummy, just gross.
I have decided as a result of these disappointments that I am really going to figure out cooking and baking techniques. I will get into details later once I have figured it all out but I am tired of being disappointed in the kitchen. I want to cook like a chef and bake like a pastry chef. I am disabled so I can not go to school but I can learn at home. I am tired of wasting money and time on foods that do not work for me.
I am a finicky eater and my Mom says I have five star tastes and approach to food. It is about time I really learn what the hell I am doing in the kitchen. If you can put up with my insanity in the kitchen, I invite you to stay tuned and learn with me!
Heather Plett says
Here’s me in the corner saying “Yay! Go! Learn! And then come back and teach those of us who are domestically challenged!”
AND… you could write about “unearthing your giftedness” for my new website! 🙂
i’m here to learn with you (& maybe even share some, as I am a foodie too!).
Just for kicks, my disasters last week were a horribly overly spiced roasted eggplant soup (that takes almost an hour in prep alone) AND trying to make a variation of a summer salad I have done 1,000 times but burning the quinoa.
I got a tad bummed because I want to cook like a master chef- I’ve never taken lessons, and am only now really embracing my foodie so what do I expect? Funny that I compare myself to peeps like Tyler Florence when even he was a beginner once.
Just have to be patient w/ myself & keep learning.
Love this blog. Right up my alley. Can’t wait to see more, Suzie!
One of the things I love about this blog is that you share what goes wrong! It’s so encouraging.
Sweet Potatoes in the crockpot was really a mistake. Of course it’s going to be mush – that’s what a crockpot does!
Try a tough cut of meat – pork butt, pot roast, or you can even do chicken. It’ll fall off the bone and shred up nicely and be super super tender. Crock pots are not meant for vegetables; if you simmered those sweet potatoes for four hours on your stove they’d be mush, too!
For Sweet Potatoes, there’s tons and tons of good ways to cook them. In my house we would have sweet potato mash with special dinners. You can also slice them up and roast them like potatoes in the oven.
The problem isn’t with the food (sweet potatoes) OR the technique (crock pot) – you just have the wrong combonation of the two.
Oh, Suzie! It’s so disappointing when you put a lot of work into something, & it doesn’t turn out AT ALL like you hoped! Blagh
Good luck with your pursuit of master chefdom!!
I love my little food processor for summer fare – pesto from fresh basil, hummus from the flour (cooked very briefly – & already smoothe, so no mashing involved 🙂