Food failures and accomplishments

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Time has gotten the better of me this past weekend, and I’ve been slacking on new projects and successful (and photographable) dinners. 

I’ve also been quite busy with evening activities for work.

It doesn’t help when I buy a pizza, either. In some ways I’m slightly upset at myself for not taking each and every opportunity to cook and make something bloggable, but I look back and think of the time I spent paying attention to John and our dogs versus working in the kitchen and realize that I don’t always need to be working.

It took a few days to finish Garlic and Sapphires, so I devoted the hours to that instead of in the kitchen. I also picked up Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Garden Harvest

Garden Harvest

Dishes have failed – this spicy parmesan shrimp skillet tasted bland and awkward. Adding parmesan cheese to the marinade was where it went wrong, but I tried following directions anyway to see if it would turn out okay. It did not.

A oatmeal banana loaf was almost a blog recipe, but the second day bite had it’s texture all wrong: mushy and sticky with crunchy oats.

However, the garden is producing well – the monsoon last week really got the green bell peppers going. We probably have 20 to 30 green tomatoes on the vine, but they’re still ripening one per day or so. Jalapeno’s are being picked at 10+ per week, so I bought more half-pint jars and am turning them into garden fresh jalapeno relish.

I’m going to the farmer’s market on Saturday with hopes of finding cheap prices on tomatoes and apples, and maybe more Indiana sweet corn before it’s all gone. Can’t believe how far it is into September already…

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  • Jessica

    Not that I blog or photograph my food, but if I did, this week would be a giant failure. I don’t think I’ve cooked anything besides grilled cheese all week. And the rest of the week looks fairly bleak, too. I don’t even have a good idea in my head at the moment for the weekend, when I really like to do a lot of cooking. Oh well, maybe the cooler temps coming up will inspire!

    • solidgoldeats

      Agreed Jessica – I’m hoping that the fall weather will help me move into soups and stews, some of my favorite things to cook!

  • http://twitter.com/HungryCoupleNYC HungryCoupleNYC

    Eh, we all have failures. Lots of stuff we eat never makes it the blog because it needs to be reworked. That’s what professionals do, too…

    • solidgoldeats

      Very good point – at least I’m not putting something out there that I know isn’t worth making. What I can say is that there’s a banana butter on the horizon and I’m super stoked to make it and share pictures!