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Not according to plan

It started out on track and then skidded sideways. It made me draw deep a deep breath and realize that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I wasn’t going to blog about it but was encouraged to share the mishap.

I menu plan a week at a time. It takes the stress out of supper for me if I can be organized. I was super pumped about Sunday’s offerings as the entire meal was home grown.

I thought I had it organized. Started before lunch actually as cooking baked beans from scratch takes a while. First you have to grow the bean plants and then you…. see how long it took? But seriously I did my rinse and clean and then 20 mins in the pressure cooker. While it was cooling I sautéed up onions and garlic (pitiful size but home grown) and added a jar of canned tomatoes along with an entire jar of homemade BBQ sauce. I didn’t grow the dry mustard nor the molasses but the 3 jalapeños I did. The drained beans were then added to that and the mixture brought to a boil. So far perfect.

We’ve been having some oven troubles so I triple checked it was actually working (because I’ve come in from working in the garage 3 times lately to discover that supper is still luke warm only) and gave myself a pat on the back for being so organized. Guess what’s coming?

We had, I thought, 2 stops to make on errands so I turned the oven down, again making sure it was adjusting correctly, because hey I’m not that slow of a learner. Off we went to deliver the Littles back to Momma, grab our eggs from her and then a short Costco list. But we needed gas as well and even thoughee did not bad there were a couple of unplanned aisles. Then we had something to pick up at our son’s and so popped home that way. It was definitely the long way but he was home, which is so unusual even on a weekend) that it felt worthwhile. I mean remember when we couldn’t visit inside? It still seems awesome to go and visit.

But it wasn’t quick. A beer was offered and accepted by someone who shall remain nameless and we checked out the progress on finishing their basement. In depth because we had questions and he ran a few things by his dad. And then we chatted about this and that and the other thing. And then finally we picked up the item and drove home.

To the most overcooked meal you could imagine (bet you thought it was undercooked!). I had indeed turned it down but not low enough and my precious home cooked ingredients were reduced to a dried up mess. But we don’t live near take out and apparently grilled cheese sandwiches don’t cut it for supper. So he added water and stirred carefully. Then more water. The sides and the bottom of my most favourite pot looked so baked on I felt dismayed.

The interesting thing is the beans themselves weren’t mush or crazy overcooked. Just the sauce was gone. Perhaps if I’d used the bean pot they would have baked with less moisture loss? Or turned the temperature lower? Or not stopped for a beer at 6:10?

There is no picture of this meal to accompany this #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge post because it looked blah. 

On the other hand for Monday’s meal I created curry chicken.  There were several modifications for the new to me recipe. But over all we felt it was a keeper. So I wrote the changes down in the recipe book. The leftover sauce was a little thin so I added some sweet potatoes and that became soup for lunch one day.

So things didn’t go according to plan but life’s not all blue skies and sunshine. In fact it turns out that this week is not blue skies and sunshine at all. But somewhere in that mess of beans or the cloudy days there are silver linings. It’s all about perspective.

So tell me what’s the worst meal you ever prepared? Have you ever dropped the open salt shaker in the gravy? Or the classic added salt when you thought you were adding sugar!

Bernie

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16 thoughts on “Not according to plan

  1. My sympathies on your cooking woes. The classic mistake that we talk about here is when my husband made banana bread and forgot to add the flour. He put the batter into the pans, attempted to bake the bread, only to end up with a burnt mess on the bottom of the pans and smoke filling the apartment. ‘Twas memorable, we’d only been married a few years.

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    1. Ah the old classic forgot an ingredient baking mishap. I bet we’ve all done that. I often grab all the ingredients and put them on the island. Then once used they hit the cupboard. But when I double the recipe I often forget to double something! Thanks for adding to the list of memorable mishaps. Bernie

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  2. We’ve all been there. I once forgot that I was boiling some eggs and went to bed, only to be woken up a couple hours later to the smell of smoke and burnt eggs. The stench was so bad that I didn’t eat hard boiled eggs for years afterwards.

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    1. Holy smokes– literally! Did the pot wreck? Our then teen age son forgot (playing video games) he had put water on for pasta and the pot literally had no bottom when he came upstairs. I can’t even imagine the egg stench – wow. Hope it wasn’t the dead of window so you could open windows!

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  3. One kitchen blooper I can recall was when I accidentally picked up a paring knife that I had used earlier to chop garlic, and used it again to chop strawberries. My kids and I laughed ourselves silly when we dug into our dessert, lovingly topped with those garlicky strawberries. My husband was not amused, being the humourless bastard that he is – reason #1745 why he became an ex-husband.

    Deb

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  4. I love meals where everything is from the garden or the freezer. I am not a leave-it-in-the-oven person. I learned from overcooked meals in the crockpot while working that I just shouldn’t do that. Glad you ate it anyway!

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    1. I’m a huge fan of the oven in the winter when it’s cold and blustery. I will just keep a better eye on the temp if I plan not to be around for some time while it cooks. Given our oven has become a bit temperamental I would not have been surprised if the beans were not even cooked. The opposite happened. But we ate it. Like you I love garden to table meals and we often add in a home grown protein as well. Glad to hear from you. Bernie

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  5. Hi, Bernie – I am so glad that you blogged about this. We have all been there – and it is wonderful to be reminded that we are not alone. I am super impressed that you simply added water and ate the meal anyway. Waste not, want not! 😀

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    1. It wasn’t like we had a ton of other choices and I was pleasantly surprised that it was edible. Sure didn’t look it. I would probably not have blogged about a failure on purpose but it was good insight into the real world as you say. Bernie

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  6. Sad, but, hey, a beer was involved. Our worst fail was an attempted cheese fondue, where we could not find kirsch. Some idiot suggested Anisette. Just a note…licorice does not go well with gruyere should you ever wish to try it. We threw out $20 worth of gruyere and went for pizza. Cheers. Allan

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    1. That sounds absolutely disgusting Allan as I have a strong dislike for licorice and can’t even begin to imagine it with cheese. Gross. Yeah pizza seems like a much better option. Bernie

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  7. An engaging first sentence, Bernie. Good point on how it wasn’t that long ago we couldn’t visit inside. Darn, I was wanting to see a photo of this meal, now.😊 I will have to think about my worst/failed meal…not surfacing in my mind at the moment…yet, I know I have had them.😊 And, yes, perspective, Bernie. Thank you for my smiles. 💕

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    1. I work hard on first sentences as I want them to draw people into the story. It sets the tone so to speak — this one of a barely edible meal. Definitely no photo – so dried up looking but hey we ate it. Our son dropped the open salt shaker into the turkey gravy one time — no one can ever forget or let him live it down! Definitely perspective. Thanks for reading and engaging. Hope things are well with you. Bernie

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