Is there anything you cannot cook to save your life!?

@mermaidivy (15404)
United States
August 24, 2009 3:54pm CST
I used to not be able to cook fried eggs and stir fried vegetables with meat and plain vegetables... I had a very hard time to cook the fried egg without breaking the york as well as keeping the white not burn - I always thought it was so hard to slip it over and cook the other side... since I have been practicing, I can do a lot better these days, every once in a while, I fail though. The other thing I couldn't cook well was vegetables - I cannot NOT make it overdone and burnt... and the flavor was always either too much or not enough even had I tasted while I was cooking... I asked my mom how to do it right so I can do better now as well. Just don't make the pan too hot to put the vegetables in, use some sugar to balance the saltyness if it is too salty. So now it's your turn to share what you cannot cook well. Thanks for sharing :-)
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
25 Aug 09
Everyone who knows me will tell you that cooking is not my favourite pastime but I do it out of necessity. Some simple things I can cook and I really should stick to them. Sometimes I get adventurous and attempt to duplicate of my mother’s specialities because she is a brilliant cook. The last thing I tried and gave up on is making pizza from scratch. I manage the dough and the toppings but the cooking just does not work; it is easier burnt or not cooked enough. I followed my mum’s instructions perfectly and even had her on the phone as I was making it but so far no success! It is so darn annoying! I bet she’s holding out on me and purposely forgetting an important ingredient, after all it couldn’t be me now could it?
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@sehlers (166)
• United States
25 Aug 09
It could be your oven. I have to use a thermometer inside my oven because I have an old oven that the dial isn't very accurate. Maybe having an internal thermometer so you know exactly what the temperature is would help.
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
25 Aug 09
That's a thought! Handy hint Sehlers! It is a relatively new oven but you never do know...
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
25 Aug 09
You remind me my silly story... when I first made pizza, I made the dough and was ready to put it to rise, I dumbed it into a bowl of water... my partner said we still can do it so I pick it up and kinda wiped it off, it came out surprisingly good!
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@sehlers (166)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I can't make a pot roast in the oven. It comes out like a hockey puck every time. The only way I can make a pot roast is in a crock pot. I also can't make mashed potatoes. They always come out lumpy and weird. I can finally make gravy, which was another booger for me to make.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I thought mashed potato is very easy, I ahve made it once and it was okay.
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@sehlers (166)
• United States
24 Aug 09
My friends all give me a hard time because I can't make mashed potatoes as normally I'm a very good cook and can do some pretty intricate cooking. Bread from scratch, no problem; soup, cream puffs, galataboureku, easy. Mashed potatoes I screw up every time. I think I must have a missing mashed potato gene or something. People have even stood right with me when I make them and I still get lumpy and unappealing.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
25 Aug 09
I guess it is something that some people cannot do and some people can; I know what you mean, I am a good cook too but once in a while, I just cannot make some certain food.
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@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
25 Aug 09
I can't cook chicken at all. Almost every time I do, and no matter how long I have the chicken in the oven, it's always bloody in the middle. It's so aggravating...after leaving it in to cook for what seems like hours, I'm so hungry that I take it out and eat it, not really caring if I end up getting sick from it. So far I've been fortunate, but I'm trying not to press my luck.
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• United States
25 Aug 09
It sounds like you have the heat up too high. Gas cooks faster than most electric stoves/ovens, so you really have to watch your heat while cooking. Make sure it's on medium when frying...I hope this helps.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
25 Aug 09
I know exactly what you mean! I wash having such a hard time baking chichken as well when I first started to make, I tried couple times and realized I have to bake it for like 35-45 minutes at 350F, and I turn it up to 375 and bake it for 15-20 minutes more, it ended up veryvery very tender meat... my spouse gave me great compliment on that and it was relaly delicious! (I think it was the best chicken that I have EVER had!!!! not exagerrating)
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
24 Aug 09
Hi Ivy, not seen you for a few days. Well I always seem to mess up pastry every time. I do exactly what I should, pop it in the top of the freezer for a little bit, but when it comes to rolling it out it always seems to go wrong. I like to make little cornish pasties which is a small English pie filled with mince beef, cubed potatoes and carrots, and chopped onions. You make the filling and wrap it in pastry. But it's always too thick or too thin or breaks when I try to wrap it all up together, it never meets where it's supposed to and bits of filling drop out. If they make it into the actual oven they are invariably all different sizes and shapes and bear no resemblance at all to cornish pasties. But they taste really good.
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Yeah, my spouse took couple dayoffs in this months and next month, we went for roadtrips and stuff :-) So I am trying to catch up on mylot until his next dayoff again. I mess up with the baking as well because I am not very good at it, I am better with cooking.
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• United States
25 Aug 09
The thing you describe as Cornish Pasties resembles a favorite dish of mine from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Up there we called it a pasty. We made them in a pie pan with a pie crust the same size, or rather a little bigger than the pie tin. It was filled with rutabaga, carrots, onions, and cubed beef. After assembling on half of the pie tin with these items you put a few drops of water in and would dot with a little butter, fold the other half over and pinch it shut on the open side and cut a few slits in the top to let off the steam. Now do the same on the other side of the pie tin and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned. Serve hot with some Ketchup available. Try it this way, and you may discover an easier way to do what you have been trying to do. Good luck. You may PM me if you have any questions.
• United States
25 Aug 09
Sometimes I put too much salt, but cooking is about trial and error. But I want to think I could cook just about anything...
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@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
25 Aug 09
It owuld be good so you can always cook whatever you want to have ;-)
@katsalot1 (1619)
24 Aug 09
I'm not a good cook, but am ok at ordinary meals and vegetables. One thing that has always annoyed me is that I can't cook cakes. This is particularly annoying as I really really like cakes! The only thing I can get right is apple buns - they come out quite well. I've often thought that my inability to cook cakes might have an upside though, because if I could cook cakes I would eat lots of them - and then I'd be huge!
@mermaidivy (15404)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I never made cake before because I don't have all the right tools yet, maybe sometime in the future. Thanks for sharing :-)
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
Hi there! Frying is what makes cooking hard for me. I cannot fry foods perfectly especially meat and chicken. It's either too well done that's it's already charred or still raw inside. I am also afraid of the the oil splattering all over and it hurts on the skin. So I seldom fry foods. But other than frying, I think my cooking is just fine. Ciao!