Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first!

Empty plate

“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!

Burned pastry
Burned pastry

To redeem myself, I made these perfectly poached eggs the next day. But that’s another story to post.

Perfectly poached eggs
Perfectly poached eggs
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