The Sweet taste of failure


When I was reading Attempts in Domesticity’s, “Kitchen comebacks are almost as easy as renaming cheese” I received much-needed encouragement.

This has been a bad cooking week. I consider myself to be more of a baker, so I’m no great cook anyway. I don’t have culinary prowess, but I realize this and stick to some basics that work and try new things as well but this week nothing turned out right. Not even my cake…from a mix.

I know logically that no can make the perfect dish every single time and to get to that perfect dish, well, there was perhaps at least one mishap. It is my own insecurity in cooking. It stopped being a fun experiment and lapsed into anxiety and a simple vegetable puree soup had to be poured-out. Two hours gone with nothing really to show. I was bitter and defeated.

To quote From Kitchen Comebacks: “But this is where a little ingenuity — and flexibility — comes into play. The little booklet that comes with the cheese making kit is practically oozing “lemons to lemonade” encouragement. My favorite line goes something like this, ‘if you’re making a soft cheese and it comes out firm, or if your firm cheese is soft, simply rename them.’! It should be the motto for all of us who have ever faced a (potential) failure in the kitchen. (I’m hoping there’s more of you out there than just me, right? Feel free to share one of your own flops in the comment section to make me feel better!)”

Have I been brainwashed to think that if I just follow the directions like all the folks on cooking shows that it will and SHOULD come out right? There really should be a drinking game for every time a cooking show host says, “perfect” because it is a lot. Kitchens aren’t perfect. We can’t always plate our dinner. And something may taste great, but look awful OR it looks awful and tastes awful. Fail.

I will leave you with the advice that Kitchen Comebacks says, “So keep persevering in your projects — in and out of the kitchen — regardless of the obstacles in your way. And remember, if all else fails, just rename your cheese.”

So, happy renaming.


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  1. Thanks for the link! I’m glad my words (and those of the cheesemaking kit!) gave you some encouragement. Kitchens — as well as recipes — are far from perfect and everyone experiences failures sooner or later. I’m married to a chef and I can tell you even he has flops sometimes. Just keep on keeping on and don’t get discouraged, sometimes trying to fix a bad recipe will result in something even tastier than the original! =)


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