1. I didn't use my sourdough starter for a week or so because I made a batch of oatmeal bread with regular ol' yeast for my mother who was convalescing from a terrible bout of flu. The bread was like manna from heaven for her, so that warmed my heart. But. But. But. I mixed up a batch of sourdough bread. I left the sourdough loaves to rise overnight and in 12 hours, they had hardly risen. I, the old kitchen genius, baked them anyway and handily underbaked them while I was at it. So they came out like bricks with doughy centers. I'm pretending nothing is wrong and I just toast it before it gets eaten, but it's embarrassing. I will not neglect my starter again!
2. Around the time of the pink living room, I made a batch of Jeni's black coffee ice cream that was truly the most divine thing I put in my mouth this year. Then last week I made a second batch, dreaming of that flavor, and lo, I messed it up. It acquired too much liquid (milk? water? did I just totally space out and add water???) and it's so hard and ice-crystally and the intoxicating flavor is totally diluted. Very sad. Tonight I pried a few icy scoops out and added them to vanilla seltzer to make floats, but still sad.
3. I was charging through my excellent recipe for hot-and-sour soup when I reached in the back of the fridge to get my staple box of tofu and it was a frozen-solid brick. Apparently the cold spot had gotten really cold. Bless my husband for grabbing up a whiny kid and whipping out the car and returning with tofu in hand. It wasn't exactly my fault, but on the heels of these other flops, I was not cheered.
4. Yesterday I was making a lemon sponge pie when I realized I had poured in 2 1/2 cups of milk instead of 1 1/2 cups. I was horrified. All that butter, eggs, sugar, wasted? I had nothing to lose, so I poured off a cup of the filling and baked it beside the pie like a custard. I actually put it in the fridge and did not look at it yet - maybe it's a sauce? The pie itself was oozy and watery around the edges, so I put it in the freezer for an hour before I served it today and guess what?! It was fine! The flavor was not diluted too much and the custard was just set from the freezer.
Want to share any of your recent kitchen woes? I could use another laugh.