The dinner table is an opportunity of creativity that I love filling with delicious meals. This blog has been a wonderful tool for me, allowing me to share some of my successes. But recently, I realized that you all don’t get to see the things that didn’t turn out quite so well. You don’t see my kitchen disasters. It’s time for a dose of reality!
Experimenting in the Kitchen
I have some wonderful recipes brewing for you all, but I am afraid that some of them are still in in the process of becoming perfected. This means that we have been eating different meals and desserts that didn’t quite turn out right. Sometimes this just means that I just had to adjust flour to water ratio at the last minute, or still need to experiment with oven time. Other times it means that it really didn’t turn out right. I share this to encourage you in your own pursuit in the kitchen. Cooking disasters happen to us all! In learning new skills and trying out new recipes, sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes.
We have learned to enjoy the “not quite right” meal here and there, because we recognize that it is a stepping stone to a better version in the future. For example, I probably made 8 cucumber salads before I perfected this one (which we have been eating a lot of lately!). The other versions were fine and we ate them with pleasure, but they always seemed to need a little tweaking.
Here’s some other pictures of recipes I am still working on creating.
The below picture is an sourdough soaked, upside down cake. It didn’t not cook right at all, so I had to flip it and cook the right side up before we could even eat it. It did actually taste pretty good, but I definitely need to figure out a better way to do things.
This picture is a raspberry sourdough cake. It turned out fairly well, but the cooking time/temperature was a little off. It got a little too browned on the top before it cooked in the middle.
This cake was actually very nice. It just didn’t turn out very cakey, it was a little bit more like a pudding cake. I almost shared it with you all, but wasn’t sure if I could explain it right, so it didn’t make the cut. It’s a Quinoa Carrot Cake, using cooked whole quinoa.
Tiredness Costs Me
Lately, my sleep as been more broken up because of my toddler who is adjusting to a new bed. As I have gotten more and more tired, I seem to be making more and more silly mistakes! Some of them laugh worthy, some of them not. As I have used some of my extra time in blackberry picking, I have had less time for other chores around the house (like laundry). But as it relates to the kitchen, I have realized these last few weeks that lack of sleep is costly! (Just when I am trying to come up with brilliant ideas for the Nourishing Portable Food Carnival!)
I have been buying chicken backs in large quantities from my local store. It’s been a great, frugal choice in making my own broth. That is…..it was until the bag of raw chicken backs leaked all over my fridge, causing me to throw out fresh produce. If you have ever had raw meat juice dripping down your fridge, you well know the agony of mind it causes! I kept wishing I had followed my earlier inclinations to be a vegetarian.
But after I sorrowfully threw out a few produce items, and I had scrubbed and sanitized my fridge (thank goodness for vinegar and hydrogen peroxide!), I got my chicken broth going. When it was all said and done, when the lovely smell of broth filled the kitchen, I had to say it was worth it. But I am definitely going to be better at bagging my chicken backs up from now on!
I, being tired, decided to do things “smarter” in the kitchen and make up a large batch of our favorite dressing, instead of a small amount every other day. This is a great idea, and one that I do often. Or, at least, it is a good idea if you make sure that the lid properly fits and you don’t lean it on it’s side in the fridge. It’s a sad, sad sight to see expensive olive oil dressing spilled all over the bottom of the fridge. I tried not to dwell on how ironic it was that I was trying to “help” myself, but instead made an even bigger mess to clean up!
I also have noticed that being tired and foggy minded has effected my meal planning and my shopping. I have made a few mistakes there these last few weeks in that area as well, which have also cost a bit of extra money. We are working on getting more sleep, so hopefully my mistakes will lessen and I won’t cost myself extra hassle and money! My frugal tip for the day is: get your beauty rest. It’s the cheapest cosmetic and saves in the kitchen as well.
Meanwhile, there’s a little peek at the realities of my kitchen!
This post is part of Frugal Friday.