Friday, January 8, 2010

almost funny...

My latest kitchen fiasco was almost funny...I said almost! It was rather like a scene from the movie I was about to watch later in the day. But I too can move on...and learn from my mistakes.

Early that particular morning I tried out a new recipe...which happened to look quite nice in the picture...and sounded like it would hit the spot.

Many hours later a tray of lovely looking white chocolate cappuccino mousse parfaits sat in refrigeration...still waiting to set up.

Here's what I learned...

  • Never try a recipe for the first time...when you are planning to serve the dish to your guests that evening.

  • When your invited guests are all accomplished cooks...and collaborators in an on-line recipe blog...stick to dishes that are tried and true.

  • At the last minute...switch to 'Plan B' and quickly whip up a batch of sweet rolls which have been tested in most of our kitchens...just to have something to serve with coffee.

  • Never let the flop go to waste!

Throw in a straw or it 'white chocolate cappuccino frappuccino'...and serve it to hubby. He has a whole week's worth of dessert drinks in stock.

I also learned that I only like cooking when things turn out! Actually...I already knew that.'s Friday.


  1. It LOOKS really pretty. I'll have to take your word for it. It looks like your loss is hubby's gain:+)
    Your advice is very sound.

  2. Oh girl...I feel your pain.
    I'm glad you could work out plan B! :0)

  3. I'm sure hubby loved 'plan B'. This is something to which we can all relate - I always just say that it's because I'm still a new bride!

  4. Girl that ain't nothing but a chocolate milkshake! White people always adding some fancy words to they dishes.

  5. Aw, Judy. I would have enjoyed your cappuccino frappuccino too!

  6. Lucky husband! The parfait does look gorgeous, though.

    I guess it's always good to have plan B.

  7. It appears to have been a welcome "flop"...unlike the kind that fills ones house with smoke! Have a wonderful weekend! Are you sure you won't be sneaking some of those cafelatte drinks when you're all alone in the house?

  8. It looks right delicious to me! I bet that you could have served it to your guests and they'd have been none the wiser. (We must be thinking a bit alike today.)

  9. Way to go!!!How many times have we had to check out Plan B....

  10. Ohhh that sounds like the makings of a delicious frozen pudding pop to me come summer...

  11. Judy, I would have served it "as is" and pretended it was supposed to look like! It does sound and look delicious, even though it didn't thicken into mousse as you hoped. I wonder how it would taste frozen?

    I remember the actual episode when Julia Child dropped the omelet she was flipping on the floor..she just cheerfully scooped it up and placed it back in her skillet and laughingly said "don't worry, no one will know the difference," and went right on cooking. She was wonderful!

    Happy weekend!

  12. LOL! We were just talking about that last night as I tried a new recipe (which didn't turn out to bad just needs some tweeking). Good for you that you had a Plan B!
    I agree with the pudding pop idea

  13. Oh can we not all relate to that. At least you had something else yummy in your back up plan. I wouldn't have minding sipping on that cappucino. .I'd have been happy as a clam.

  14. So funny....maybe I should have taken you up one one of those...but the cholate mouse you gave to me was wonderful...and the maple twist looked yummy...but no nuts for this girl. I'm sure you have no complaints from hubby. Kathy

  15. I can't imagine having the group of great cooks over to my home. I do think it would create a bit more stress on my part. I smiled at the part that you only like to cook when the food turns out. I agree, although I must admit I was surprised that you had something that did not turn out as planned knowing what a wonderful cook you are. I am sure your husband was thrilled.

  16. Ah, True Confessions Eh?
    I love hearing that others end up with a few flops too.
    I guess you could have served it up as if it was meant to be that way. A liquid dessert would have been a nice treat and no one would have been the wiser.


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