1. Baked Apple Fritters.
Or should I say baked apple rocks. These guys could have smashed windows. The delinquents in my neighbourhood would have had a ball with these! I’m not kidding. They were so dense you could have chipped a tooth. Oh and they were also ugly. Fugly. When I cook I try to minimize waste; I hate it when I see good ingredients going into the trash. I clearly got a little carried away with with these as I used yeast left over from the brewing process instead of bakers yeast. I normally get great results from the switch, but this time? Not. So. Much.
2. Smoked Chicken Breast
Look how succulent this looks! It sure looks tasty, doesn’t it? Honestly, it was. I never posted the recipe because I hated how the pictures turned out. I know that seems silly, but it’s the truth. Look at the wing, it's as burnt as your Dad’s thanksgiving turkey. Don’t even get me started with the sides… sigh.
3. Smoked Beef Rips with Honey Glaze.
These ribs had such potential! They came from a organic beef farm just north of the city I live in. (www.galleryonthefarm.com) They raise really great beef and I did them a disservice with this blunder. I tried to save them by dressing them up with some freshly chopped green onions and honey glaze but I over cooked them. Lesson learned. The next time my family suggests going to our favourite ice cream parlour (enniskillengeneralstore) on the hottest day of the year while I have ribs in the smoker, I will NOT go! An hour long trip turned into three and by the time we got back I had rib jerky. They were not great ribs but they did make GREAT jerky. mmm, jerky.
4. Chili and Mint Grilled Lamb Chops
I love this picture and the recipe turned out SO well. So what’s my problem? I wasn’t happy with how whole dish came together. Just because one element on the plate turned out well, doesn’t mean it was a successful dish. This recipe will be made again, but better thought out. Recipe development here I come!
5. Beer Braised Beef Ribs.
Beef ribs were the bane of my existence last year. This looks amazing doesn’t it? If I was served this at a restaurant I probably would loose my mind. The problem? I used the wrong cut of meat for this dish i should have used short ribs instead of beef ribs. A perfect dish isn’t just about making everything taste good its also about choosing the right ingredients.
6. Thanksgiving in a Pumpkin!
Let me tell you something. Something other food bloggers don’t want you to know. Pumpkins should never be stuffed. Ever. It seemed like such a good idea and everyone was doing it. So trendy, so cool, and so fashionable, they said. I wanted on that band wagon so bad! …and then I wanted off. Everything was wrong with It. The stuffing was too moist, the pumpkin never caramelized (which it needed to), and the chicken came out looking like my 9 year nephew played baseball with it. Maybe I didn’t execute it well? I dunno, I will probably try this again next year when I loose myself, like everyone does, during North America’s Pumpkin-Spiced-Everything-Frenzy.
7. Egg Nog Poached Meringues
I was honestly so disappointed with the way this dessert turned out. It tasted great and I would even argue, for the most part, that it looks good. The problem is that Poached meringues are supposed towhite and not speckled with cinnamon and nutmeg. I mixed the spices into my poaching liquid instead of using a sachet(think tea bag with spices in it) which would have given me my desired look. My goal was to make meringues that looked like soft clouds not dinosaur eggs. I will sit on this idea until next year when I can try and make it again… Hopefully, this time not sucking.