“Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first, and it is often worth doing poorly several times until you master it.” ~ Brian Tracy
DISASTER in the kitchen! No, I’m not talking about the time I almost burned the house while frying tofu. This is about two failed attempts at cooking experiments involving flour and pastry (again). First I tried to make vegetable tempura from supermarket bought tempura mix and dark beer. I sought advice from my Japanese friend who at one time brought a platter of vegetable tempura to a party. It was a hit and I wanted to recreate it. A tablespoon of batter for each tempura and a pair of chopsticks are the secret weapon, she said. I missed to ask her about the rest. I ended up with tempura that were soggy outside and half-cooked inside. The plate for the photo shoot remained empty. Next I baked/burned a simple chicken and leek pie while preparing to go to work. I had prepared the ingredients the night before and thought it would just be a breeze to bake it the next day. I was too optimistic. I was running out of time and thought I could cheat by increasing the oven temperature to shorten cooking time. As you can see, the pastry got burned to a crisp. But the filling was not! My friend can attest to its yumminess. I give credit to Amelia at Simple Provisions for the wonderful chicken and leek pie recipe. That said, the burned pie is all mine, totally!
To redeem myself, I made these perfectly poached eggs the next day. But that’s another story to post.