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)