The great thing about writing a food blog is how easy you can make something look and sound delicious. With a nice camera, maybe a tripod, and some flowery writing you can be on your way to making mouth watering food. But the irony is, not everything that looks great tastes great. It’s the reason I love The Bitten Word as a food blog. Their basic concept is simple. They cook the recipes that make us all salivate from a number of different food magazines, and then they write about it. And their honesty is a great tool for those of us looking to prioritize. Because if that Martha Stewart masterpiece is more like a dud, they’ll tell you!
So for that reason I’m glad the Bitten Word wasn’t working on my recipe from last night. Because while this tofu, dinosaur kale, and mushroom stuffed sweet potato looks delicious, it never really turned out like I had intended. As all of us can attest to, the hardest part of cooking a meal is managing your time. What needs to be done when and for how long are crucial details that can make or break a meal. So when these sweet potatoes took over two hours to bake soft and delicious, you can imagine the filling wasn’t as fresh as I was hoping. Instead of creamy greens and earthy mushrooms coming together with the mustard crusted baked tofu delicately, the flavors melded for too long and the dish became muddled.
Why 2 hours for sweet potatoes? Sure I had the oven cranked up to 425oF. And no, these weren’t the largest sweet potatoes ever. It all boiled down to heat distribution. With my brand new pizza stone absorbing the heat from the oven and my constant opening of the oven door as I became hungrier and crankier, it all makes sense. Well at least now I know!
So who cares? What’s the point? Well nothing I guesss. Except that even the most frustrating homecooked meals have their value. You live and you learn and at the end of the day, your more connected to your food than before. Plus it still looks look damn good, right?
What are some of your all time cooking screw ups? We’ve all had them…don’t be shy, leave a comment!