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06 May 2009 @ 09:14 am
episode 1404: in which I fall from grace with the kitchen gods...  
Some weird cooking experiences lately:

On Monday, I was making my favorite oatmeal cookies which are usually so good that we immediately want another batch the second we eat the last cookie. Now the last time I made them, a couple months ago, K. was worrying about her sugar intake, and after some calculations to figure out just how much sugar was in each individual cookie, we decided to experiment with the next batch by reducing the amount of sugar by 25%. Ugh. They're still good and all, but let me tell you, we're really missing that absent half cup of brown sugar.

Then last night, I was making a tamale pie, which is basically just chili with black beans and corn, poured into a casserole dish and topped with corn bread. All was going well until I opened the can of Contadina diced tomatoes and was dismayed to find it was a mislabeled can of tomatoe-y liquid, probably pureed tomatoes or tomato sauce. That threw the moisture level of the chili so far off that the corn bread topping, covered as it was in bubbling up juice, refused to bake properly. Even after I'd cooked it nearly three times longer than I was supposed to, it was still almost mushy. The whole mess tasted sort of ok, if you ignored the consistency of the corn bread, but made for a very late, very disappointing dinner.

Listening to: Mates of State - "The Kiss Away"
theballadofyoko on May 6th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I've made that same mistake with canned tomatoes, too. ugh.
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on May 6th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)

I love how cheery today's model is. I really needed that. Thanks!

Too bad about the chili. I hate it when you're looking forward to a really reliably good recipe and something goes wrong like that. I once left the sugar out of my then-famous rum cake and sadness ensued.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafskaffsassmonkeydiary on May 6th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that pic had some competition from sexier photos, but that smile just won me over.
eeeoeeeo on May 7th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Bah. Cooking is one of my (and my wife's) favorite things to do. It's disappointing when things don't work out as you planned.

The other day, I was planning on making a new Indian dish. The one ingredient it called for that we didn't already have was coconut powder. I figured I could find it at a nearby Asian grocery, but to no avail. When I discovered that (after stopping at a 2nd store too), I decided to switch gears and buy some shrimp and tomatoes for a different Indian dish. By the time I got through messing around trying to find the ingredients for the first dish, and subsequently altering my plans, dinner was started waaay later than I had planned. At about 9:00, I went to peal the 1.5 lbs of shrimp that I bought, only to find that I had mistakenly bought shrimp that had not been de-veined. I was so frustrated by this point I was ready to throw the whole thing out and go get carry-out, but my awesome wife arrived and helped me de-vein the mound of shrimp. Luckily, the dish turned out great, but it was a lot of pain getting there that particular night.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Nice... I love it when a meal finally comes together. I've never used coconut powder before. What was the dish you were trying to make?
eeeoeeeo on May 7th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
It was simply shrimp fried with coconut powder and a few other spices. It's not terribly complicated and the whole reason I wanted to make it that particular night was that I didn't have a ton of time to cook. The other dish requires way more prep and cooking time--probably about 2.5 times more. Of course, that's a guess, because I haven't made the original dish I was going to make, but I have a pretty good idea of how long it would have taken me.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Aw, man, now I want some coconut-fried shrimp...