Well, folks, this week’s post is really ‘no post.’
It seems that the kitchen gods were not shining brightly on me this week (maybe it’s Mercury in Retrograde?), too many things I have attempted have not ended well, and I have run out of minutes. . .
The last time I wrote about my kitchen disasters was in 2015 (you can read it here) and I still have at least one ’emergency cake’ in my freezer at any given moment. By no means have I had zero disasters since 2015, though! I’m reminded of some recent mishaps, like the Christmas dinner I prepared last year, when it seemed to take 2 hours for green beans to roast in the oven (only to still be tough when served) or the red wine sauce that just refused to reduce/ thicken; or my recent substitution of sun-dried tomatoes for roasted red peppers in a topping, which was a tangy, off-putting mess; and, of course, the eggplants I roasted today that burned beyond recognition because I got myself immersed in Instagram. This is just the short list.
Having a lot of experience in the kitchen does not make you infallible! And if you ever feel like you’re a terrible cook, or you don’t want to attempt something because you think it will be difficult, or a disaster, fear not. Even when you’re confident in the kitchen, things can go wrong, an ingredient will fail you (like inactive baking powder, dairy products that have gone bad but you had no idea until you needed them, etc.), your equipment will let you down, or, you’ll get preoccupied checking your social media and forget about that thing you had in the oven. But it’s all part of the process, and each time we learn something.
So, today, please enjoy this photo of succulents and Citronella Geranium in my garden. And, hopefully, next week I’ll have a successful recipe to share 🙂
Your fresh peach ice cream was enough to get me by for another week! I went out and bought 18 Georgia peaches and we are making our way through them now. No peach ice cream yet, but had grilled peaches last night and peaches over ice cream today – much easier!
Grilled peaches are the best! Have you tried drizzling fresh honey on them? Or pairing them with a little whipped ricotta? I’m sure you’re finding lots of uses for those delicious peaches 🙂
Really like my mask with the flamingo . So pretty.
I’m so glad you like your mask! Stay safe out there 🙂
Lovely peaceful picture. We are ordering your face masks like crazy. Can’t wait to try mine as I hear they are the coolest and most comfortable and will probably work on my husband. He will get the Barracuda and Flamingo Postcard for me to start with.
Best regards Nicole.
Thanks Janice! I received the group order and am so glad you like the masks. Looking forward to seeing you when life gets a bit back to normal 🙂
You’re still a fabulous cook in my book! Did I ever tell you about the baked beans I made for your grandmother? That was one of my great disasters because your memere was known for her delicious baked beans. Glad you have a good sense of humor !!
Awww – thanks. Memere certainly knew how to make a good batch of Boston Baked Beans – hard to measure up, I’m sure, but I bet yours were better than you thought!
So, I’m not the only one! Lol. Love your honesty and I look forward to your next success!
Ha Ha! I’m sure if we all compared notes, we could come up with a pretty long list of mistakes and mishaps!
It is refreshing to all of us humans to see that we are all wonderful, albeit not perfect. Your blog is enjoyable to read and it is reassuring to know that even the great cooks have good and bad days.
So true! Thanks for following my blog 🙂
Hey, Life happens. I love your ability to rebound and retain your sense of humor!
So true. Cooking should be fun, and we can’t take ourselves too seriously (even Julia Child said that!) 🙂
Loved this post Nicole!!! It’s nice to know even the people we look up to for their extraordinary cooking talents have a failure once in awhile.
Thanks Cindy. Yes, no one is invincible 🙂
Enjoyed the lovely photo and your writing!
Thanks Kathy. These are some of the succulents you gave me from your garden!