Over at the What’s for Dinner discussions, there are some truly wonderful cooks with meals that look gorgeous. Alas, there are also aspiring cooks like me with limited skills and repertoire. Often times my meals don’t turn out the way I envision them, sometimes even turn into abject failure. Here’s a discussion for all food that turns out, ahem, subpar. Post your fails here and mention what went wrong! And help your fellow hapless cooks!
Roasted squab. What I had in mind:
What came from my kitchen. I think my oven temperature was probably too high. Everything was somewhat dry. Does anyone know if squab is leaner/ fattier than chicken? And does anyone know what body parts that ‘ball’ at the bottom was? Its an internal organ, but I wasn’t sure if its edible. It seemed bitter in the middle.
Noodle with shrimp roe. What I had in mind (without the mushrooms):
I got some fresh noodles so I figured I should put them to good use. First, I couldn’t find any shrimp roes in local markets. So I decided to improvise (not a good idea, for me) and used XO sauce instead. You won’t see any XO sauce on this plate because its not on there. I boiled the noodles, sauteed some shallots and dried baby shrimps, then tried to stir them together in the pan. The result was a soggy mess with the noodles all broken. It actually looked better than it tasted. The taste was, regrettable.