Don't Know Why I Bothered Cooking Today

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
February 5, 2013 2:44pm CST
Have you ever had one of those 'bad' cooking days where nothing goes right? Yesterday was the opposite. The ginger cake I made (for example) is probably the best one I've ever baked but if I'd done it today..well, it doesn't bear thinking about. The first incident was (nearly) using the wrong pastry for some sausage rolls. I shall have to make those tomorrow instead. The second involved making mash as I wanted to make fish fingers, mash and baked beans. For some inexplicable reason the mash ended up looking like mush so it went down the toilet. I tried redeeming it by putting a load of Bertolli Spread in there but it didn't work. So, it was fish fingers and beans. Yummy (not). Oh well, at least I can make sausage rolls tomorrow using the correct pastry this time!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
6 Feb 13
Yesterday because it was Shrove Tuesday I decided to make pancakes. The pancakes stuck to the pan even though it was non-stick and I used oil and butter on it. I takes out my nonstick lifter and it breaks. I had to use a wooden lifter to put it on my plate, but the wooden lifters are rather thick it is a wonder they can turn anything. Good thing I was invited out for supper. Oh and not only that the day before I decided to make burrittos but I let them heat too long and the filling feel out on the floor. Been there done that.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Feb 13
I don't think I've ever made pancakes. In actual fact, I didn't know it was Shrove Tuesday, which helps! It's annoying when something is supposed to be non-stick and it isn't.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 13
The pans used to be non-stick but my renter used them and used a knife to cut something up and ruined them. I am considering getting those Orgreenic pans. I heard they can take a much higher heat - tend to burn things. That is how we got our new kitchen.
• Poland
19 Feb 13
I know the feeling. I can sometimes cook something that looks very unapetizing. But I usually try to stick with meals I'm sure I can prepare. And I am proud to announce that I can: - make an instant noodles, - boil an egg, - make a sandwich, - order a pizza (this is my favorite!) Are you amazed already at my skills?
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
19 Feb 13
I think you should be a chef lol.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
18 Feb 13
Hope you've done better since this disaster day. I don't have many bad cooking days anymore. I've learned what works and what doesn't over the years. I still try new things and the first time, I make the recipe exactly as written. That way I know how I may tweak it the next time, etc. I made a new cake recipe this weekend. It has cardamom as an ingredient and I'd never used that before. But the cake is delicious. I'm still eating on it and I even gave a few slices to my neighbor.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
19 Feb 13
Over here we use things like beetroot in cakes although I've never tried it myself. Yes, I've had better cooking days since my 'disastrous' one, thanks. We all learn from our mistakes, whether it be in cooking or anything else in life.
@shiesse (308)
• Canada
6 Feb 13
I have days like that as well. Most of the time I love to cook and truly enjoy being in the kitchen, on the rare occasion I have absolutely no desire to be in the kitchen and my food never turns out very good when I am in that type of mood. My husband has actually commented once that he can always tell when I am not in the mood to cook and I should just let him know and he would take over for me!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Feb 13
I know what you mean. Sometimes I just don't fancy cooking but I feel the need to so my hubby remains well-fed. He doesn't look after himself very well at work (his fault) so if it wasn't for me feeding him properly he'd have no energy at all.
@GreenMoo (11842)
6 Feb 13
I wouldn't call my cooking anything special, but I can normally rescue the disasters because none knew what it was supposed to be in the first place :) The exception is burning stuff, and I have a really bad habit of burning the volunteers' porridge in the morning because I'm trying to do 15 different things at once.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Feb 13
Aaah, multi-tasking. It's an art-form in itself isn't it? Mum is miles better at it than me but then again I don't make as much mess. I tend to clear up as I go along.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
hi Janey! like everything we do, often there are bad days, and bad samples. too bad though when it comes to cooking it would be too late when we discover and we could no longer correct it. I have had such an experience and well i did not noticed that my mom bought spicy ketchup. it was the same bottle, only with a little "spicy" word in it. so i used it and used it all in my spaghetti sauce! So yeah i tried it out and oh no it was too damn hot of a spaghetti sauce! =( i had to correct and just put in a few tablespoons of sugar. i think it did help but the sauce had a little kick in it! ha ha
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Feb 13
It's so annoying when packaging is so similar. I did the same with garlic granules (in a glass jar) and I used them instead of onion granules. It absolutely ruined the dish I was making at the time and I was really annoyed with myself that I'd got the two mixed up. Very similar packaging though..just the wording was different!
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
6 Feb 13
Sausage rolls turne out good? I hope! Yes bad cooking day also does happen to me sometimes but if there are bad cooking days there are also good cooking days. Yesterday I made the best 'biko' ever. It is a native delicacy made of gluten rice, coconut milk and sugar. My husband who is my number one critic and fan gave me a thumbs up for this cooking last night and that made me happy. And not only him but even my son who is so hard to please was delighted as well with that homemade native delicacy. I felt really great for having perfected this at last. This is my 3rd attempt to perfect this delicacy. My husband loves this food so much so I tried hard to perfect this to please him. The first try was too soft. The second lacked sugar. The 3rd turned out perfect in taste and texture. Hurray! We do not need to call my elder sister to cook biko for him. I can now do it for him.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Feb 13
I shall make my sausage rolls (using the correct pastry) later on. I'm so pleased you persevered with your biko recipe. I've often found that 'if - at first - you don't succeed, try, try again' and that's so true with cooking isn't it? If we don't get it right first time we keep going until whatever it is we're cooking is done to perfection - well, sort of. Haha! Well done by the way.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
5 Feb 13
You get days like that my friend, I think we all have days where we wished we stayed in bed. Oh and don't forget to save me a sausage roll, if they are hand-made they sound delicious. I find that I cannot eat a single shop bought mince pie, the only mince pies I will eat are my mum's home made ones. I am sure she won't mind me saying so but she gets days where her cooking doesn't go right at all for her. You just have to be diplomatic and enjoy whatever is put in front of you at the end of the day which I am sure John did!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
6 Feb 13
Haha! Even my Mum has her 'bad days' and she's a better cook than me. More practice! John will eat anything put in front of him - except Yorkshire Pudding - he can't stand it. So, if I ever want to divorce him (highly unlikely), that's what I'll give him before I leave. Cruel I know! I agree about shop-bought Mince Pies being nothing like home-made versions. I've not got round to making any myself but Mum's are epic. I cannot stand Mince Pies that have too many ingredients in them. Keep it simple I say. As for the sausage rolls - I'll be making them later. Small ones. I use sausage meat from sausages rather than buying the sausage meat (if that makes sense) lol. I got that particular tip from that Lorraine woman on telly. She reckons it's cheaper that way - and she's right! If I have any left over you'll be the first to know.
@dainy1313 (2354)
• Leon, Mexico
5 Feb 13
Hello Janey I hope you are fine. It´s true somedays it happens. It seems we have to be inspired. Here at my country we have a say: If you cook angry you´ll cook spicy. Fortunatly you wasn´t cooking for an important guest.Good luck tomorrow! Blessings Janey... dainy
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Feb 13
Yes, you're right, it IS a good job I wasn't cooking for anyone important..only hubby lol.
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