Saturday, December 12, 2020

Weekend Cooking: Sticking to the recipe

Do you have weeks when sticking to the recipe is just harder than it should be, even if it is something that you make regulary? We had that this week, not once but twice.

I was lucky enough to meet up with half my team this week, and so I thought I would make a little treat for them. Good plan. I even played it safe and made things that I have made before.

The first thing I made was Rocky Road Clusters which I managed to get right, but to be honest it would be a big problem if I did mess it up because there are only three ingredients!

The second thing that I made was Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies - another recipe I have made multiple times in past and they have been big hits, even being labelled as the favourite thing I had ever taken into work at my last job.

Now admittedly,  I did start making them after a very busy day in a very busy week in a very busy couple of months at work, and we had had people come for dinner, so I was probably a bit too tired to actually bake but bake I did.

And it wasn't until later that night as I was going to bed, I realised that I had forgotten to put the sugar in to the cookies. I remembered to grind the cloves, but no brown sugar at all! Now my husband assured me that it still tasted good but I did feel as though I needed to give the recipients a warning, just in case.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the next day we had a friend coming for dinner.  She is gluten intolerant so we wanted to find something that was easy to do after work that she could eat. In the end we decided that we would make one of favourite recipes - Baked Zucchini, Tomato and Parmesan Risotto.  This recipe is one that we have even used as a basis to make other baked risotto's using the principles of the recipe, such as doing bacon and mushroom baked risotto.

Given how often we make it, you would think that we wouldn't bugger it up, but somehow we used vegetable stock instead  of chicken stock but that wasn't too big a deal. It still tasted delicious, and my friend asked for the recipe. What might have been a problem was something that we only realised when we were laying in bed and my husband said to forgot the tomatoes! I mean, they are even in the title of the recipe!

I am meeting up with the other half of my team this week so I will have another go at making both of these recipes, but maybe we will just keep it a bit simple!

Are you making edible gifts this year? What are some of your favourite things to make?

Weekly dinners:

Sunday: Cheese on toast
Tuesday: Chicken kebabs wth baked potato and coleslaw

Wednesday: Very cheesey mac and cheese
Thursday: Zucchini and parmesan risotto
Friday: Pizza (takeaway)

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  1. Marg,
    The soft chocolate gingerbread cookies soft amazing and perfect for this time of year. I only follow recipes when I bake- for everything else I sort of create as I go.

  2. Ha ha! I made mac and cheese last night and forgot to dot the top of the dish with butter before putting it in the oven. When I was straightening up the kitchen, I found the butter sitting on plate ready to be use. Ooops.

  3. I bet your kitchen has wonderful aromas of baking, makes me hungry! Love a good Mac and cheese and the zucchini risotto sounds like something I’d like to try.

  4. Sticking to an actual recipe the first time I make it is something I have struggled with for, oh say all my life! But I have finally learned that I cannot judge a new recipe fairly the first time, if I don't stick to the recipe. If we like it, there is time enough to "tweek" it from there. This has been my hardest kitchen lesson. I am pretty good "off the cuff" and can whip up a meal with what ever I have on hand, the other though was hard...

  5. You sound very stressed! I hope things ease up soon.

    be safe... mae at

  6. I’m a bit intrigued by Cheese on Toast. I’m guessing it’s a simple, Aussie recipe but I’d love to know what it is.
    I love all your cooking posts and glad to hear you are getting to see work people.

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  8. I did this just the other day! I made a casserole I've made so many times that I never use a recipe and I totally forgot the sour cream. LOL. I think I was just really distracted while I was making it. Glad to know I'm not the only one who forgets ingredients even when making something I've made a million times before. Thanks for helping me feel better about myself!

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