Last week’s WIAW was about some unusal breakfast creations and while I tried more interesting savoury dishes since I’m back to the -sweeter- side of
life food again today. Keeping up the confessions or realizations (?) related to recent kitchen shenanigans. Because isn’t learning a little —more– about the food on other people’s plates rather than just wordless pictures what What I ate Wednesday and Vegan Wednesday are all about?
Realisation: Cravings for certain ingredients that you don’t end up finding can lead to really good dishes. Okay, to talk a little more comprehensive: I had my mind set on trying either a savoury rhubarb and lentil dish or something featuring green asparagus. Can you guess what I wasn’t able to find in stores? Right. Neither rhubarb nor asparagus. At least no green one and white… no. The result was a dish far from what I’d had in mind: Pineapple Lentil Curry with a side of fluffy wheatberry cauliflower ‘couscous’. I couldn’t really tell you what I was doing while at it. A pinch of this, sprinkle of that, …
And oh, I still have wheatberries?! Let’s see what I can use them for … Wow, was this ever delicious. Whatever my initial lunch idea[s] might have been: this was a more than just acceptable replacement. Lentils are one of those foods I tend to forget about, then rediscover and be crazy about them for a while. It’s safe to say the latter is the case right now.
If you’re interested in sweet and spicy combinations this is the dish for you. The only downside to my freestyle cooking is that I either forget to take measurements and notes at all or manage to loose them in the process. There’s a reason why I’m no full-time food blogger…
Next up is another recipe trial gone wrong. Or rather semi-fail because differently from last week’s cookies this marbled brownie cake isn’t an all-out fail. It tasted delicious pre-baking but simply turned down the unfortunate route of not entirely meeting my expectations [that you know are high – especially after trying these] after I pulled it out of the oven. Given they still tasted good I could technically post the recipe but I don’t want to unless I’m completely convinced. These are more like your healthy feel-good-about eating snack rather than the hands-and-face-covered-in-chocolate decadent brownies.
With the second recipe fail in a short time span I wondered why they happened. Others would probably shrug their shoulders and go on with life [and okay, yes, I did, too] but that’s not the kind of person I am. Overthinking tendencies, remember? Yes. I always try to figure out the . To let you in on a secret: I expected the granola clusters to fail and the brownies to be great. Looking at the different approaches I had it only seemed logical. The granola? Mixing ingredients without rhyme or reason and hoping for the best – all while being about to dash to an appoinment. The brownies? Planned in advance, wanting to achieve a certain nutritional profile, carved out time for recipe experimentation.
Can you spot the obvious difference? My overplanning habits got the best of me again. No matter how much I’d like it to be the other way around I have to admit recipe creation strives on spontaneity. Plus, as much as I want to create recipes that are suitable for everyone – vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free – sometimes you just can’t do it all. First and foremost, all of us – and yes, I’m just assuming everybody feels this way 😉 – should create recipes we personally enjoy. And when it comes to brownies trying to stick with a certain label [read: no refined sugar meaning no chocolate chips] is just not me. In fact, when brownies are concerned leaving out actual chocolate is – as a blend of mine agreed – a crime. Did I just admit I commited a brownie crime? Well, I’m going to call these brownie cake which totally makes a difference – and me less of a sinner ;).
Because I needed to cheer myself up after the fail… Who am I kidding?! Ice cream doesn’t need an explanation. I finally got to try an ice cream store around the corner of my apartment with a friend on Monday evening – the perfect after work treat. We got scoops of After Eight [Mint Chocolate flavour for any of you who don’t know these popular chocolates], pistachio and dark chocolate. It wasn’t just any ice cream but vegan rice milk-based one. Germany is slowly catching up on that end. Needless to say I already have plans of going back. Because sometimes the best way of avoiding recipe fails is leaving things to the professionals. (:
Happiness inducing today: Finding out I’ll have Friday off this week.
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Are you a planner or spontaneous when it comes to recipe development?
Did you have any recent recipe fails you want to share to make me feel better 😉 ?
What are some of the fanciest or most unique ice cream flavours you’ve had so far?