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kitchen blunders

August 25, 2009


lest you think that the time i spend in my kitchen is always wonderful, inspiring and delicious, you should’ve been in my apartment last night.  i won’t dwell on the small mishaps that combined to make it one of the more unsatisfying dinners i’ve had in a long while.  but i will say that it involved leaving the office late, running up to the grocery store just as they locked the doors, a large rotten tomato that exploded all over my kitchen when i picked it up, realizing i was out of eggs, finding that the cheese was already moldy, and finally, washing down my defeat with multiple glasses of wine.

but, i did manage to cobble together something sweet before bed.  passionfruit ice cream, with some blueberries and crumbled ginger thins on top.  it almost made me forget about my disaster of a dinner.  lesson learned: never underestimate the power of ice cream.

  1. August 25, 2009 7:52 am

    Ha! Sounds like my dinner last night. Except that I had Edy’s slow-churned Caramel Delight or whateverthehell it’s called. Oh, and I overcooked the pasta.

  2. marthasnail permalink
    August 25, 2009 7:53 am

    the parfait sounds so nice. we’ve had our fair share of blunders lately too. at least you had some wine in the house.

  3. August 25, 2009 7:54 am

    Those kitchen disasters just make us appreciate it more when everything goes right.

  4. August 25, 2009 8:00 am

    I like the part where you washed down your defeat with multiple glasses of wine. Yes, ice cream always saves a day.

  5. August 25, 2009 8:04 am

    you mean you aren’t superhuman?

  6. August 25, 2009 8:31 am

    That is awesome. I am sorry for your disaster, but that is half of good cooking. Makes the next time even better. And yay for ice cream. Is there anything it won’t fix?

    I have a secret for you: coffee ice cream with crumbled gingersnaps. Sounds terrible but you will be hooked. Smash up the cookies real good so they are crunchy tiny little bits.

  7. haeshu permalink
    August 25, 2009 8:35 am

    i know those blunders. i spilled half a bag of steel cut oats last night. it was not awesome. half of it landed in my tableware drawer. suck. ice cream does have intense power. i should have invoked it last night.

  8. August 25, 2009 8:43 am

    i think that ice cream definitely makes up for it. and the way you served it in that sweet little glass helped too. i was just reading a recipe for making key lime pie ice cream with crushed graham crackers that reminds me of this. yum!

  9. Laura. permalink
    August 25, 2009 8:46 am

    wow, that ice cream treat sounds perfect. the wine, too. that was a really good description of your evening, which played out in my head in a sort of amelie-ish/narrated with sound effects way.

  10. August 25, 2009 9:19 am

    this ice cream looks so really tasty in this jar.
    i’d like to try ‘key lime pie’ (even after watching dexter) as it’s an american thing not found in europe..
    it’s along the same lines as cheesecake, isn’t it?

  11. August 25, 2009 9:43 am

    oh no! there is nothing worse is there? i was going to make a margherita pizza last night with my garden basil, but i waited and waited until i finally realized the pizza dough wasn’t rising and it was so late that i wasn’t even hungry anymore….i should have had some ice cream laying around!

  12. dianna permalink
    August 25, 2009 10:11 am

    Yup, it’s nights in the kitchen like that that always make me wish someone would invent wine ice cream.

  13. August 25, 2009 10:19 am

    the other night i made egg fried rice. except it was more like egg fried porridge. and that’s being kind to it. m couldn’t stomach it and had cheese on toast. i battled through out of sheer determination and now just the thought of it makes me feel queasy.

  14. August 25, 2009 10:28 am

    Ah, if only all kitchen disasters ended as sweetly.

  15. August 25, 2009 10:42 am

    ice-cream cures all evils. it does, i swear.

  16. August 25, 2009 10:51 am

    Sorry for the disaster. But even the best cooks have their off days. I had a similar combo last night for dessert (fruit + ginger thins + homemade yogurt). Not quite as magical as ice cream but a little easier on the stomach.

  17. August 25, 2009 11:08 am

    Oh, those mediocres and disasters. I know them too. Seriously: thank god for ice cream.

    Wanna know another good thing to do with that passionfruit ice cream? The next time you are at Trader Joe’s, get the Meyer lemon thins (crisps? whatever). Make sandwiches. Cram into face. Grin like crazy.

  18. Marshanna permalink
    August 25, 2009 11:27 am

    I like that you ate your ice cream out of the Ball jar and layered :)

  19. August 25, 2009 11:38 am

    friends, it’s good to hear about your recent blunders, too! it happens to the best of us, for sure.

    (also, i had to use the jar because all of my bowls were dirty in the dishwasher… those bell jars come in handy all the time)

  20. August 25, 2009 12:50 pm

    Just wait until you have children, and you accidentally put salt where sugar belongs, and other mishaps every single day because of the non-stop activity and multitasking…. I think mishaps build character. xo

  21. August 25, 2009 1:01 pm

    would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in your apt! I had the most delicious blueberry sorbet last night at 1770 in Easthampton. It’s amazing how much happiness cold treats can bring!

  22. August 25, 2009 2:24 pm

    Last night I had homemade blackberry ice cream, courtesy of my friend Miriam, and you are correct–cold, freshly churned dairy in August is not to be underestimated.

  23. August 25, 2009 5:56 pm

    ice cream can certainly soothe the soul. glad to hear you were triumphant with wrangling together dessert after such a trying dinner.

  24. August 25, 2009 6:37 pm

    Wow…Wine and ice cream. I don’t know, but this sounds like a pretty satisfactory dinner for summer! :)

  25. August 26, 2009 2:43 am

    ice cream rules ^^!

  26. August 26, 2009 10:31 am

    thanks for your humble story. it makes me feel much better after my own kitchen blunder last night involving too much apple cider vinegar in my pie dough and a blistered thumb from clumsily grabbing a hot plate from the oven.

    here’s to being human!

  27. August 26, 2009 3:57 pm

    You are so not alone!

  28. August 27, 2009 5:15 pm

    ah, the kitchen disaster. i had one recently where i basically expolded an entire bag of demura sugar over the entire kitchen. it took 4 hours to clean up.
    and then i ordered a pizza to go with my multiple glasses of wine.

    yay for icecream!

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