I work in an office at a desk and have for years. I think that’s why I enjoy cooking and gardening. I get to use my hands to make something. With cooking I enjoy taking different ingredients and making something else completely different when they are put together. With gardening I love the feel of being outside in the sun with my hands in the dirt, especially after being inside all day. I think it’s crazy that a little tiny speck of a seed can grow into something so many times its size to produce food or flowers. When we are growing something I look forward to checking on the plants and their progress every single day. I’m a novice cook and a novice gardener. When I post about my food or garden it’s not to brag. It’s because I get sincerely excited. I guess the same could be said for anything I post about my family.
Most of what I do is an experiment. Sometimes it turns out. Sometimes it doesn’t. I thought instead of just sharing the stuff that worked out, I’d share some of the stuff that hasn’t.
I’ve grown tomatoes from seeds at my previous house. Where we live now I can’t grow them for anything. I’ve tried potted, in the ground, that tipsy turvey thing, in the front yard, in the back yard, in the shade, in the sun. Me trying to grow tomatoes has turned into a Dr. Suess book. I’m think we will always just buy our tomatoes.
I once saw a veggie bean burger recipe with black beans as the base ingredient. I tried it with pinto beans because that’s what I had. It turned out inedible. Gravy couldn’t even save those sad patties. I tried to make a summer squash and herb soup. Ummmmm lets just say dill and corriander was a disgusting combination choice. The last few times I’ve made pesto it’s bitter. I’ve tried using younger basil and garlic and better olive oil and Parmesan. It’s still bitter. This weekend when I attempted to poach eggs, I accidentally hard boiled the first batch.
Do you have any kitchen or garden fails worth sharing?