A Flop and A Challenge
October 8, 2010 in Uncategorized
I’ve had a bad week, haven’t been feeling so well, and work has been hectic with deadlines all over the place, and so my darling daughter NJ stepped up and took over my kitchen. She made us some gorgeous meals, like a creamy chicken stew, chips with pork rashers and a salad to die for, oh, and she catered a friend’s kitchen tea last Saturday (I forgot to take photos of the kitchen tea, sorry!)
For the kitchen tea, NJ made a banana bread, using the ‘1 bowl, 1 fork, 1 banana’ recipe (it’s the only one she uses), to which she added a whole bar of chopped milk chocolate – it was so delicious, full of chunks of chocolate. She also made her famous flapjacks, spread liberally with strawberry jam and dollops of vanilla cream. The other bridesmaids made chilli-bites – I really enjoyed those, haven’t had any for ages – and chocolate crunchies topped with chocolate icing (by the way, Firefly, I need that recipe, please??). We had a good time, the guys went 4×4-ing in the mud, the bride-to-be got some lovely pressies, and then we all had a braai in the evening. Good times with friends.
The only thing I did cook this week was a disaster (how does one make a mess of cous cous? well, I managed it, ha-ha). That got me thinking about flops, after all, I am sure we all make them occasionally, you know, on those evenings when you just feel off-colour, or not hungry, or just plain blah?
I made a flop of epic proportions a few weeks ago when I tried a recipe for energy bars which I got from Inspiration’s blog. The recipe really appealed to me, but of course I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I did some tweaking, and that, people, is where things went pear-shaped. The recipe came out so wrong, but the goodies tasted so jolly more-ish I actually took photos.
Energy Bars a la Zabwan (make at your own risk)
250 grs butter
5 Tbsp golden syrup
150 grs treacle sugar
250 grs oats
100 grs chopped dates
50 grs mixed seeds (I used a mix of mostly sunflower with some sesame, poppy and linseeds)
4 Tbsp desiccated coconut
6 Tbsp raisins
4 Tbsp chopped nuts
Melt the butter, syrup and sugar, then mix in the remaining ingredients, blending very well. Spoon into a greased and lined baking tray, level the surface. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes, until golden brown and done.
Well, my first indication that something was wrong was the smoke coming from the oven. When I opened it I discovered a lava flow of butter and syrup oozing over the sides of the baking tray – horrors!!!! I quickly pulled the tray into a larger tray, but the damage was done. Smoke continued to billow.
The energy bars cooked well, and I cut them up as instructed. They were incredibly oily, so I had the brilliant idea of laying them on kitchen tissue to absorb some of the fat, whereupon they bonded with the tissue paper on a molecular level (truly, see my photo). Once they were cold, I had to peel unco-operative kitchen tissue off each one, but at least half the batch was irredeemable.
The taste test showed that they were absolutely DELICIOUS, so satisfyingly chewy, sweet, rich and nutty in flavour, that the slight inconvenience of peeling kitchen tissue was worth it, and it seems that kitchen tissue is quite digestible, if not all that palatable.
So, people, there you have it – monumental FAIL! Now, here’s the challenge – do a post about a flop you’ve made!! I would love to hear your stories.
It’s Friday people, and that means braai night. Have a awesome weekend!!!!!
PS I told Tandy about my flop – she made her energy bars again and they came out perfect – so it must have been my tweaking suggest you make her recipe instead!