Thursday, February 16, 2012

Step Away From the Garlic! #cookingfail

Well, I had a couple of really good ideas for supper the last few nights...

But alas, my luck in the kitchen has temporarily ran out!

I wanted to make blue-cheese-stuffed beef burgers, which I got the idea for from Pinterest. (http://www.simplyscratch.com/2011/08/black-and-bleu-burger.html)


I even made the little dips in the meat for the cheese.


Mmm. Blue cheese.


And then, I fried it in bacon grease.

It should have been amazing. Could have been amazing.

Unfortunately, the cheese started running out. I got scared all my precious blue cheese was disappearing before my eyes. And I was hungry. I don't like waiting for food! So I took the burgers out while they were still rare. Quite rare. Eek.

I served 'em up with bacon, and we ate them. Next time, I think I'll just make a blue cheese sauce to put on the burgers and bacon. Lesson learned.

By the way, is it blue cheese? Or bleu cheese? I think the second sounds a bit pretentious. Or like I'm trying to sound cultured.




Next up: *GARLIC* Cilantro-Lime Pesto Tacos

Heh. Garlic.

I found this one through Pinterest again, so here's the original link: http://joelens.blogspot.com/2010/05/cilantro-lime-chicken-tacos.html

I kind of winged it, because I didn't have asiago and had used up nearly all my Parmesan a few nights ago. Sigh. I'm just a once-a-week grocery shopper, so don't judge.

Plus, I found out my "organic" chicken broth that I had in the cupboard contained MSG. Oh, sorry. Autolyzed yeast extract. Same thing. Annoying.

So, this is how the recipe looked after a few of my changes:

1 cup fresh cilantro leaves (no stems)
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped almonds
3 tablespoons chopped, fresh garlic (or was that 6-8 cloves?)
Lime juice
Parmesan.. what little I had left, plus
Feta
Salt
Chicken broth powder
"Some" flax meal, because that makes anything better
Water as needed, to thin out the sauce



Holy heartburn. Do not use this much garlic.


Mmm. Feta. I'm convinced this is much like bacon. It makes everything better. And then you can mix bacon and feta. And turkey. And that's another post for another day. ;)


A "dump" of olive oil. I think that should be a technical measuring term. Along with "some."


You have no idea how worried I was that this was going to splatter on my camera. Ps. this is your brain on Hulu Plus!


I didn't have anything fancy for meat, so this is just turkey burger, prepared with lime juice (definitely WILL do that again! Wow.), and a bit of cumin and chilli powder.


Just enough to heat the sauce.


And it's go time.


And you  are definitely right if you think I added more cheese and cottage cheese to that bowl after I snapped that.



So.... lessons learned this week.

Stuffed burgers? Cook longer. Or don't stuff them.

More isn't always better. Step away from the garlic, sister!

I might add, both meals were very tasty, despite my slight mishaps. :) And my hubby is quite the trooper!

Now, hopefully this heartburn is gone by morning... urp! Ugh. :P

2 comments:

Deirdre Remmers said...

My, my!!!! You HAVE turned in to quite the cook. And of course the more mistakes you make the better cook you become. Can't wait to try the turkey recipe.

Joelen Tan said...

Wow - that is a lot of garlic you added! The recipe I made used 3 tablespoons of minced garlic, which was about 3-5 cloves!

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