I had planned on sharing several new recipes with you this evening, but unfortunately, all the cooking I did this weekend was a (sigh) failure. On Saturday, I baked oatmeal, chocolate chip, pecan cookies which came out rock hard. They have a good after taste that makes me believe they would have been good if I had cooked them less, but they had seemed undercooked whenever I checked previously so I just kept them in the oven. This was disappointing since cookies come out well for me 9 times out of 10.
Later that day, I tried to make a chocolate granola recipe. This time, I did it right but the recipe just wasn't what I had been expecting. I had pictured a trail mix type deal with granola chunks mixed in with bits of chocolate, but instead got granola totally covered in chocolate. It's not bad, though, and I think it will be tasty mixed in with some vanilla yogurt. But still not what I was expecting.
Tonight was the worst defeat. I sit here eating a bowl of asparagus, carrots sauteed in herbs, smoked mozzarella cheese and horribly undercooked risotto. I've never made risotto before and had heard it was difficult but was feeling confident with a few good cooking experiences under my belt. I can't say what I did wrong. I just kept cooking it and cooking it and adding water far beyond what the recipe called for--but it was still mushy on the outside and hard on the inside (of each grain of rice that is). I admitted to my boyfriend that it was bad and told him to make himself something else to eat, but I'm eating it out of principle (what principle you ask? Beats me).
So thank you for letting me share my defeats with you as well as my victories. And if you have any recipes that are impossible to screw up, please share them.