Kitchen Disasters Revealed

| April 21, 2009 | 8 Comments

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A homemade hot fudge sundae. Sounds totally yum, right? Well, some times, things are not as good as they appear. Homemade hot fudge, delicious vanilla ice cream, some cookie crumbles. Except one thing … the hot fudge instantly hardened. And I am not talking in a good way. It became a supersized Tootsie Roll-like … and I hate Tootsie Rolls. Total culinary disaster.

It was also disastrous removing the leftovers from the bowl I store it in. Ouch. I am still cringing at the thought.

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(Disclaimer: I didn’t make this. It’s totally not my doing.) Now, this cake? It’s a carrot cake. No, I am serious.  It’s a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. You know, the kind of icing that goes onto homemade cinnamon rolls? Yea. That. It’s a shame, because the carrot cake buried beneath the too rich, too sweet icing was actually really good. See, some times, things are better than they look.

The icing? We won’t go there.

It just goes to show that anyone can have a kitchen disaster: me, the person who made this cake, even you …

Spill: What’s your latest kitchen disaster?

Category: rants

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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Kara says:

    Oh goodness. Just one? :)

    I think the most recent was Saturday’s epic falafel failure. They tasted great, but had no integrity, so they just fell apart into little crumbles. I still don’t know why, since I followed the recipe exactly.

    Then there were Friday’s biscuits that for no reason I can figure, never rose, so were sort of hockey-puck like.

    I could go on, but I’ll spare everyone! :)

  2. I, luckily, haven’t had any big disasters lately, but forgetfulness is definitely creeping in. Last week, we had spaghetti and I put bread in the oven to warm it up and get it all nice and crispy. Had dinner. Day ended. The next day I was at my parents’ house eating bread and suddenly remembered the bread in the oven at home. Luckily I had turned the oven off, but completely forgot about the bread. Turned it into croutons for a salad that night though so all was not lost. ;)

  3. Viktoria says:

    Hm… latest one must be the home-made french fries from Thursday night… totally cooked them too long and they came out as little charcoal pieces. They were just in the oven for two or three minutes too long, too! Such a pity. They could have been really good.

  4. I spent two days in the care and feeding of fresh fava beans, soaking them, cooking them, peeling them. Then I turned them into a dip… which ended up looking like something you wouldn’t want to step on on the sidewalk. And the taste was only so-so, too. Whole thing went right into the trash.

  5. I got the cutest little animal cracker cookie cutters, these ones that not only cut out the shape but also imprint little details on the cookie (stripes on the tiger, for instance), just like real animal crackers. My kids and I had such a good time cutting them out (though, truthfully, I hate making rolled cookies, but that’s another story). They looked adorable. And then I baked them two minutes too long and the little detail lines melted away, and the cookies were no longer animal-shaped, but vaguely animalesque blobs. Not an enormous disaster, since they still tasted ok, but disappointing to the children, which is a disaster in another sense.

  6. maris says:

    I burned caramelized onions on Sunday which was fairly traumatizing.

    Also a few months ago, after blabbing on and on aboiut my blog and how much I like cooking, I made bread for a guy I was dating and it didn’t rise. It gave him something to tease me about for weeks!

  7. Sarah Caron says:

    Kara, LOL. Some weeks seem like endless failures to me. That usually leads to a non-cooking night (as in, “let’s order a pizza!”)to get my balance back.

    Cate, way to turn a disaster into a treat. I LOVE homemade croutons. And good thing you turned that oven off.

    Viktoria, Ouch. I hate when that happens. I do that to bread more often than I care to admit. It’s amazing how just a few minutes can make such a huge difference.

    Oh Lydia, all the effort that went into that! That stinks.

    Julie, those cookie cutters sound adorable. I hope you give them another try and that it works! I have the worst luck with cutting cookies.

    Maris, mmm, caramelized onions. It is a fine line with them, isn’t it?

    Thanks for all the stories, everyone! Keep them coming!

  8. Emily says:

    Good to know I’m not the only one with kitchen disasters!

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