It's all a learning experience...
After my pie success, I got into the mood of inventing and experimenting. Another thing I want to be able to do is just whip up some cookies or cake, changing the ingredients based on my mood. I needed to get the basic idea down and I was inspired by the cereal cookies my mum made recently (I pretty much hogged the whole batch for breakfast for days...)
I sort of go through phases... no, I always go through phases... and I get it from my dad. I discover something new, I love it, and I eat it day in and day out for ages.
I also have a habit of wanting to try everything, but not necessarily becoming obsessed with it. That happened with my Weetabix Crunchy Bran cereal, and then with my Cookie Crisp cereal.
It wasn't bad... it just didn't taste like a chocolate chip cookie. It was just sweet.
I'm not even going to give you the recipe for what I tried out (unless you want it so you know exactly what NOT to do :P)
The batter was gooey and tasted very cocoa-y, but I let it be. They baked for almost an hour because the skewer kept coming out with soft dough on it. But when I took them out, the bottoms and sides were burnt and the middles were raw...
Plus, they lacked any form of flavour (minor detail).
But I wasn't sad about throwing them all away. I mean, it wasn't like I was going to be missing out on some delicious treat. But I usually want to make the most of something and salvage my efforts. But this was a lost cause, and I was OK with that.
I wanted to post about them because this is exactly why I made Chocolate Tulip. To show you my ideas, my successes and my failures. Most of the blogs we follow are by amazing people who just manage to make gorgeous food every single time. Sometimes it's disheartening for me when I follow a recipe exactly and yet my dish is nothing in comparison.
But the point of this blog is to show people that they're not the only ones who mess up, and that it's ok. It's to encourage everyone- whether they're teenagers or parents or experienced bloggers- to try and invent something, try something new, put together new flavours and not be ashamed if it doesn't go to plan. Because, as much as this is clichéd, it's all a learning experience.
Lessons Learnt: Now I know that immense amounts of cocoa need lots of sugar. That mashed bananas do not replace everything. And that eggs don't really go in cookies.
Lessons To Be Learnt: How to make my own cookies. ;)
What mess-ups have you had? Come on, share them :)