Recipe Disaster

June 4, 2018

Dear Diary,

I tried a new recipe today and somehow managed to fudge it up. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a recipe for fudge or I’d be okay. I don’t know how I keep doing this!

I’m trying to get healthy, and if that weren’t a battle in itself I have to add cooking. I’m not a bad cook. No, I swear! If I’m truly being honest, my impatience has dishonored many recipes, though.

For some reason, when I try a new recipe and follow it exactly I seem to mess up. Today’s menu was mac and cheese. I know, I know. How does anyone mess up mac and cheese? Well, I’ll tell you…

It started when I decided I didn’t want to put it in the oven with bread crumbs on it. I’m not, nor have I ever been a fan of bread–I might have mentioned this in a previous entry.

So, that left a lot of mac and cheese recipes out in the cold. I typed in ‘stove-top mac & cheese’ into the search bar and lo-and-behold, a recipe showed up! I got all my ingredients together: milk, flour, butter, noodles, salt & pepper, and the coveted cheese.

Fun Diary Fact: they make noodles out of quinoa! There’s also rice, and lentil noodles. Even edamame.

The recipe called to melt the butter in a pot, and so I did. Then I added the flour and forgot the milk! So, when I added the milk the flour was lumpy. Oy!

Two cups of cheese and two cups of milk. If I hadn’t screwed up with the flour portion, I screwed up here because it wasn’t very cheesy. I say add a little more cheese or a little less milk, not that I’m ever trying this again.

I’m not a lover of cheese, but even I could say there was definitely not enough cheese flavor. It tasted like powdered milk. ICK!

I won’t be doing that again.

It’s not the only recipe I’ve screwed up, either. (There are many) When I cut out sugar and was craving cookies so bad I thought my jaw would fall off, I decided to search for a recipe with no added sugar.

If diaries could roll their eyes, I’m certain you’d be doing so now. Look, sometimes you just need a peanut butter cookie, or a piece of soothing chocolate.

What some websites say is to add honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, stevia, or agave syrup and they don’t count this as added sugar in their cookies. To me, this is a cop-out but hey, if it’s healthier for you then I’m all for it. (Except for honey because bees get harmed while farmers take their ‘food’ and that ain’t right!)

I tried the recipe with coconut palm sugar and some agave syrup. Those cookies turned out really good, until I got sick because they were too sweet. Agave syrup is powerful stuff, more sweet than maple syrup, I’d say. So good, though.

Then I found out that agave syrup may not be good for you, either. No matter where I go, someone is telling me this is bad for me, and that’s bad for me. It’s 2018! There’s no excuse for these super intelligent scientists to not know what is actually healthy and what is not. Am I right? Getting and maintaining health is a roller coaster of ‘he said, she said’.

Good luck with your health journey, and good luck with your cooking.

Note to self: maybe it’s time to put down the spatula and get back to work on my novel. Ain’t that a novel idea! Yes, I went there.

yours truly, 

A Clumsy Writer 

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