Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fails (both epic and otherwise)

Sometimes, nothing wants to go your way. Either you're trying a new recipe or making one up and it just won't work. Hopefully it is confined to just a day. Sometimes though it lasts a week (Please please please let it be just a week).

In the last week I have made at least 3 things that in one way or another didn't work. Only 1 got photographed though so we will discuss that one first.

There is the old adage that "what grows together goes together". I seem to recall reading about a salad (that I can't find anywhere so it would seem I was wrong)of pea shoots, peas, and asparagus all tossed with a buttermilk dressing. Sounded tasty. Unfortunately, it tasted like grass with a really tasty dressing. I did not realize how much I dislike raw asparagus until I ate that salad. It was a stunning salad to look at, not so much on that palate.

In that same meal, I decided to make a citrus grilled chicken cooked under a brick. I should have told my dad to oil the grill (what with all the sugar from the citrus in the marinade) but I plum forgot. The chicken lost all of its skin. It stuck. I don't know if its my fault or my dad's (if he won't let me use the grill then I think it's his fault) but either way, it was a fail.

Then last night, I decided I wanted to make clam pizza. I have never had clam pizza or even been in a restaurant that served it. (I really wanted linguine and clams but that is my dad's specialty that I will not be attempting soon.) So i figured a clam pizza was the same principle but clams on bread. I made pizza dough, I made the wickedly tasty clam topping, and sauce. I didn't however use enough cornmeal on the pizza peel to keep the dough from sticking. I stretched the dough as thin as I could get it, then when I went to put it on the grill, it stuck. Eventually, I got it off, but it looked more like a cell towards the end of mitosis than a pizza. I will make it again, but the execution will be better. (Hopefully)


  1. Aww so sorry to hear that! Don't you hate it when it feels like it's never going to end (but it always does :) )

  2. I loved your story of food gone wrong... it happens to even the most experienced cook. I have had so many disasters (don't even ask about medieval veal pie). Oil is key to so many things. The most important thing is that the grill surface is clean, oiled and very hot... closes the pores of the metal.

    Your salad does look great and the pizza sounds delicious... even if it was an ugly step child! I have a great recipe for a clam pizza from a wonderful Brooklyn restaurant made with cream.. I still haven't made it myself but it tasted great at Frannys... I'll give you the recipe if you'd like(just email me)

    SO, I really enjoyed your post and keep on trying...I bet you have a lot more winners than losers.


  3. Thanks guy! If I somehow manage to find the time to make it into the kitchen this week hopefully the failures will be over.

  4. Bummer! The salad sure LOOKS gorgeous...and the other dishes sound amazing. Sorry they didn't turn out the way you wanted, although I am convinced that cooking failures make the best and most entertaining blog posts! :)