|Making Valentine's Day sweets for the family|
Over the last couple of years, I’ve compiled my own list of dishes that have been well-received by members of the household. I’ve grown to enjoy cooking as I never thought I would. My sister got me a monogrammed apron for Christmas. My husband begs for my homemade carrot cake whenever Easter or his birthday rolls around. My cousin texts me regularly asking me to cook chicken lazone for him during his next visit. As good as the compliments make me feel, the best thing about cooking is the release. It's an unexpected way for me to riddle out my own thought-kinks. And can I just say that nothing works out aggression like potato-peeling!
Cooking is a rewarding process. Sometimes something or other will wind up getting burnt. Something always spills over, guaranteed. When trying out a new dish, I’ve discovered that if I don’t at some point get lost or think the dish will turn out to be an unmitigated disaster, it won’t turn out right. Strange but true. Thankfully, not one of my cooking experiences has turned into a disaster….Okay, now I’m lying. It took two years, but it finally happened. A cooking disaster of epic proportions. A few weeks ago, my husband was recovering from a bad cold. The days had turned frigid and gray, even for our balmy corner of the Gulf Coast. While perusing (i.e. procrastinating) online, I came across a recipe for broccoli and cheddar soup and wanted desperately to try it out. What could be better than a bowlful of broccoli and cheddar on a cold, windy night? When I worked outside the home, I remember going to a local restaurant on lunch breaks in the winter and ordering broccoli and cheddar soup. It would warm me right up. Not to mention, mm mm good!
|Carrot Cake, a personal favorite from the recipe box!|
I meant well. I really did. That being said, I gathered all the ingredients I would need and set about the seemingly simple process of bringing the recipe to fruition. It seemed to be working rather well…. That is, until it came time to blend the mixture. I didn’t have a food processor handy so I decided that the best thing to do would be to put it all in the blender and hit puree. Little did I know, our blender is a bit...hm, shall we say temperamental? What followed was madness and hilarity I would have only thought appropriate for a book heroine trying her hand at cooking for the very first time. The lid of the blender loosened and not only was I covered in hot broccoli and cheddar soup. So were the counters and floors as well as our cooktop with its warm burners, the front of the kitchen cabinets and, sadly yes, the white ceiling. My laptop which had been set up nearby with the recipe on the screen was sprayed—so much so the keyboard had to be removed and cleaned thoroughly inside and out for all the buttons to work properly again. My young son happened to wander into the room shortly after the mess happened and tracked the gooey, vegetable-y mess over the white carpet in the next room. (Note: white carpet and toddlers...not the best combo.)Needless to say, the whole soupy fiasco put me off broccoli and cheddar soup for good. So discouraged was I by the experience, I didn’t cook for a week…which was about how long it took for me and my husband to find all the little nooks and crannies the soup found its way into and clean them thoroughly. Now that we can finally look back and laugh over it, I’m back to cooking. Not only that, I’m currently writing the first few chapters of my fourth hometown romance. The heroine, Roxie, coincidentally knows less about cooking than I did two years ago. My soup catastrophe has lent me a bit of inspiration. Why not have her try her hand at cooking or baking and experience a few hits and misses of her own? How many ways are there to screw up a home-cooked pie, I wonder? It looks like it’s back to the kitchen for some hands-on research. The hubby and toddler have been warned....
How about you, readers? Have you had any funny (or not-so funny) cooking disasters of your own? Feel free to sound off! And a Happy (upcoming) Valentine’s Day to everyone!