Skip to main content

Cooking Disasters & 10 Miles

Well, you can't win them all. But two cooking fails in one day? Not cool.
I saw this gluten-free "Asian Helper" in the grocery store the other day and I thought I'd try it out. You mix it with pre-cooked chicken, let it simmer, and then scramble a couple of eggs in the pan.


Um, yeah. That didn't work out. It turned out like a mushy risotto--not fried rice. I promise, for once, I actually followed the directions perfectly so I'm giving this one a thumbs down. Luckily I did make some roasted broccoli on the side so that made the meal tolerable. 


How do you redeem a so-so dinner? By making a yummy dessert, of course! I looked up a new recipe for nutella cookies---if there's nutella as an ingredient it can't be all that bad, right? I won't bother with the recipe (they really weren't great) but here were the ingredients:


I make two kinds of cookies: some chewy and gooey (for hubs) and some crispy and flat (for me)--that's why some of them are different sizes! 

We started eating them and I asked hubs what he thought. He NEVER complains about food. He knows better than to criticize anything if he wants me to keep making him yummy stuff! But in this case, apparently, "they don't really taste like anything." Yeah, not a good description of a cookie. They were very plain tasting, and not sweet at all somehow. I decided to toss them back into the oven at a low temperature for 30 minutes--and they turned into biscotti! I had another one today, and it was perfect with a cup of tea. So lesson of the day: when life gives you lemons (or bad cookies)---turn them into biscotti!

I guess all that sub-par food still did it's job to fuel me today for the long run. I hit up the treadmill and it felt so nice on my legs after a past week of trails! I did 10.5 miles in 98 minutes (9:20 pace) and felt great afterwards. Success!

If you have a food disaster, will you try to salvage it, eat it anyway, or toss it out?
I really hate tossing anything out, but every once in a while you have to. I tried a rice pasta about a year ago that literally fell apart while cooking---terrible. I had to throw it away and make sandwiches!

What are your favorite kind of cookies?
Shortbread cookies are AMAZING. I really don't like chewy cookies. Anything crispy/crunchy is a real winner for me--I'm the girl who will eat all the burned ones!

Comments

  1. Sometimes I try to salvage the food, but sometimes that is just not possible!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just had a food disaster yesterday. I was doing an Iron Chef cook off at work, and the secret ingredient was lemon, so I made a lemon scented quinoa with Tahini sauce. It was AWFUL!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I have had the same experience with rice pasta ((

    I usually just toss a fail because I know if I try to fix it I will end up using up half the contents fof my fridge and it will STILL be inedible.

    ReplyDelete
  4. My fambam makes rice pasta all the time. You just have to be careful with how long you have it in there because it'll break apart.

    I usually just toss out failed foods.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I usually toss failed foods too. I like chewy oatmeal raisin cookies, and oatmeal scotchies, mmm

    ReplyDelete
  6. haha, yea the box picture looks much better of the rice! i'm a horrible cook, so if you couldn't make it look yummy, i know to never try! :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I found a new chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses instant pudding (the powder)- the BEST cookies I've made. They stay moist for forever!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I will pretty much love anything you can call a cookie. But lately biscotti are my fave.

    I like to dunk things!

    ReplyDelete
  9. That's too bad about the recipe disasters... at least they were somewhat salvage-able!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I made blue cheese chicken burgers the other night, and they were just so-so. We ate them, but I won't make them again. If they had turned out really bad, KFC is right down the road from us!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I never try to salvage failed foods! I get so disappointed, especially when I follow the recipe exactly the way it is.

    My favourite cookies would have to be chocolate chip. I'm more of a chewy cookie girl, but if there's chocolate in it, it doesn't really matter! I'll eat it no matter what type of cookie it is (well, as long as it's vegan!).

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh bummer! That Helper looks pretty good, too! Glad to have a review.

    If things burn or taste off when I'm cooking, I am NOT one to try to salvage them. I don't have the patience.

    I'm not a cookie gal, which I've just realized in the past few weeks. As much as I like the idea of a cookie...they're just not satisfying. WEIRD.

    ReplyDelete
  13. That's the worst. That's when you just pull out the bag of chocolate chips and just go to town :)

    My favorite cookies are regular old chocolate chip. You can't go wrong and the dough is sooooo good!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh man I made this recipe for chicken stir fry once, it was supposed to be kinda like chinese food, it smelled great, it had all ingrediants that I liked, but it tasted awful! I couldn't even try to eat it, it was like vomit lol
    So I definitely tossed it out and ended up eating a sandwich lol

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Are You a Salty Sweater? The Truth About Sodium and Running

Before I started running regularly, I did my best to avoid salt. After all, if you want to lose weight you're supposed to reduce sodium, right? Here's what the American Federal Government's recommendations for sodium intake (as of January 2011)

-if you're 51+ years old, black, have hypertension, kidney disease or diabetes, you get 1,500 mg. each day
-if you're a healthy adult, you get 2,300 mg. per day. A teaspoon. 




Now most of the time, I don't have an issue with this. Salt isn't used too much in my cooking, and I avoid a lot of common processed foods filled with sodium. When I do indulge in a salty meal, usually from a restaurant, I get the associated water weight gain and bloating. So I'm happy to stick to my meeting my 2,300 mg. requirements each day.

And then...summer arrives. If you're running in high humidity, you sweat. A lot. It's not pretty, and you're draining your body of electrolytes like sodium. On my long runs, I take precauti…

DIY Treadmill Desk

Working from home has its perks. Sure, my social interaction skills are deteriorating rapidly and casual dress Fridays now include those old ratty boxers and that one race shirt with the hole, but I also get to enjoy things like eating lunch at 10:30 because I feel like it and deciding where I want to work. Like on the treadmill.



Between working at my desk all day, using my computer for fun and then sitting on the couch watching television most nights for an hour or two, it's safe to say I sit on my ass a lot. And yep, that's not so great for you. Even though I work out 6 days a week, I hate that I spend easily 75% of my waking hours sitting.

On a whim, I asked Tim if he could build me a treadmill desk. I've seen these massive contraptions to make treadmill desks, but they basically transform it into a full-time desk, and I still want to use my treadmill for running (sans desk) as well. Magic carpenter man took a few measurements and brought me in a prototype by lunchtime.…

I Wanna Play! My 7 Links

I've been loving the "7 Links" Posts circulating the blogging world lately, so when I was tagged by Holly at Rust Belt Runner I couldn't wait to participate. Without further ado, here are my Seven Links...



Most Popular Post: Aside from giveaways (and we know why those are popular), one of my most read and commented on post was about my Weight Loss Journey. It got so much attention, it deserved it's own little tab at the top of my page!

Most Controversial Post: My post Good Person > Good Racer was possibly the most controversial. I talked about my own experience racing with my husband, and whether or not it is racer etiquette (or just plain rude) to pass someone when you planned on running together. Lots of differing options in this area!



Most Helpful Post: One of my earlier posts was titled What's Worth It, and recapped some running extras and whether or not they're beneficial. I go so much great feedback on products like foam rollers, compression sock…