Recipes Lost in Notation and Other Recipe Testing Fails


It’s funny how when I get my writing mojo back, I can’t seem to lay off of it. [This is a Leo thing, right Tracy?] So here I am, burning the midnight New Moon oil with a lot of things swirling in my head. I still have two or more IFBC posts, but I’m giving it a break or you might think I’m utterly stuck waxing poetic about food blogging conferences and friends.

I’m sure you other food bloggers will agree that not everything we prepare in the kitchen makes it on our respective blogs. In my case, about half of what I cook and bake never gets featured here because they:

  1. taste meh, bad, or just okay,
  2. look gross,
  3. accidentally fell on the floor or disintegrated before taking photos,
  4. were not photographed,
  5. were badly photographed,
  6. inedible,
  7. or most likely: lost in notation

I had this Filipino dish to have you try, called Tortang Talong (Filipino Eggplant Omelette), but it had a case of #7. It’s super simple, but my limited short-term memory didn’t retain the oven setting and time. It’s easy enough to search online on how others do it, but I just don’t include a method, technique, or other parts of a recipe if I didn’t test it myself. So this will have to wait until I buy more eggplants and oven-roast them again. On the other hand, more eggplant goodness for my belly.

Still on a Southeast Asian Motherland kick, I’ve been wanting to share theĀ  Filipino Chicken Empanada recipe that I learned while observing relatives of relatives on the East Coast. BUT. Guess what? #7.

If this keeps going on, I don’t think I’d even get to my golden years!

Tonight I wasn’t particularly keen on cooking. I began reviewing a friend’s book draft (I’m not a professional, but she asked me to check it out…as a friend) after a 4-hour meeting the previous night, and now with 3 hours of sleep. Long story short, this Energizer bunny needs to rest. All my residual charge could muster up to do was boil, peel, and slice beets. And then I decided they need some other color, like pluots. And then I wanted something salty and creamy, there goes the feta.

A light drizzle of blood orange olive oil later…

Beets with pluot and feta cheese

Beets with pluot and feta cheese

…an excited first bite was superseded by great disappointment. That’ll be number 1 and 7.

However, all is not lost as I discovered that pluots and feta party together. I mean, Hi, let’s go on another date tomorrow! I’m feeling creamy feta-pluot in my next 24-hour future. What it would end up as, I’m not sure, but I’m getting them a room already. Hopefully it works out.

Have you put together something that seemed brilliant in your head and ended up in a pile of disappointment, beside newly delivered pizza? Or maybe, you have recipe testing fails to share? Do tell!

If you have other pluot-feta recipes, I’m yours. Oh, just remember I have 1/8 cup of butter left. That’s all I can use for now. It’s ghastly to have less than 4 sticks of butter available. That’s just not right.

Energizer bunny out.

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  • September 9, 2010 4:06 pm

    Pluots are so wonderfully flexible. They’re so mild and sweet at the same time. :)

    • joy
      September 9, 2010 5:06 pm

      This year is the first time I’ve had them and I’m in love with them!

  • September 9, 2010 4:56 pm

    I know exactly what you mean! I guess it’s all part of the trial and error process – you gotta have a few duds in order to eventually arrive at something genius. :-) My recent fail was an attempt at making inside-out panini, with halloumi cheese (which doesn’t melt when grilled) on the outside and pita, oregano and roasted red peppers on the inside. I still like this concept but the execution needs some serious refinement. The moisture from the cheese caused the pita to basically disintegrate. And the cheese itself was way too salty to be used in that quantity. Oh well…next time!

    • joy
      September 9, 2010 5:24 pm

      That tastes like a yummy panini, but bummer on the pita. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. For me, I sometimes don’t like eating the fails, but what can you do. lol.

  • September 10, 2010 6:51 am

    Oh my you do not know how many things never make it to my blog for all the reasons that you listed. Made my brother’s delicious bbq sauce the other night but realized that it most probably would have come out looking delicious if it had been grilled on a grill rather than baked. And how many things end up in the trash? Wow! Yep, I’m with you!

    • joy
      September 12, 2010 6:53 am

      Are we too hard on ourselves or what? Haha. I weep sometimes when I have to throw food because they are simply inedible, no thanks to my experimentation.

  • September 11, 2010 3:32 pm

    I can’t tell you how many things I lose in notation (LOVE that btw!) I have a notebook I jot things into and date it now, then go back through my photos and compare dates. That has saved my butt over and over.

    • joy
      September 12, 2010 6:54 am

      OH, thanks! :) I do have a notebook, too, but sometimes I still hardheadedly jot down on random scraps of paper (even can label or grocery receipts). Yikes.

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