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    Fri Apr 19, 2002 8:42 am Groupie
    I probably should have posted this topic in the "Everything Else" forum - sorry!

    Anyway, my BIGGEST failure would have to have been sifting salt over my Hazelnut Torte instead of icing sugar (confectioners' sugar)!!! AARRGGGGHH!! DISGUSTING!!! I remember trying to scrape it off but it was hopeless - AND, I had made it tons of times before - and THIS time I'd made it for a dinner party!! OH DEAR!! I have made it since, though, and thankfully, it was just perrrrr-fect!!

    One other time I took a Topside Roast (beef) out of the freezer, thinking it was Corned Silverside (beef)! and after it had thawed out proceeded to cook it as you would - Corned Beef!! SOOOOO stupid of me!! We ate it though (ofcourse!), but it was sooooo disappointing - especially as Topside Roast is NOT cheap!!

    Amazing though! never seem to make the same mistake again!!

    Cheers, Karin.
    Titanium Chef
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 9:34 am Groupie
    Ugh. I attempted (a?) Pavlova (the recipe I was using was layered rather than pie-like) years ago and after completing about 3 of the layers, I determined it a total failure. The whole thing got pitched into the trash. *sniff* I don't think I'm over it yet... *sniff*
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 9:38 am Groupie
    Was working on a recipe for a competition. I'd made the sauce many times, using cottage cheese. Seemed like a good idea to 'lighten' the calories a bit, so I specified lowfat, but didn't have time to do a run-through with it. The recipe was chosen as a finalist, I had to go and prepare it, and when I was practicing ahead of time, discovered that lowfat wouldn't work. I was even considering buying a container of each and switching the contents (I didn't, of course)--but I figured out a way to work with the lowfat. And won 3rd place--a weekend at a Lancaster County PA country inn--in spite of the problem!
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 10:31 am Groupie
    Definitely the time I tried to make sourdough bread, and killed the yeast by heating the water too much. It took me all day to make this bread, and when I took it out of the oven they were like two big, round hockey pucks. Hard as rocks, and totally flat. I was sooo hungry for sourdough bread, too:( Usually, I am a bit snotty about admitting that something I made was REALLY bad, but I couldn't even convince myself that it tasted good (let alone the rest of the family)! Oh, well...chalk it up to a learning experience:)
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 11:13 am Groupie
    Mine would have to be the first time that I tried to make a coconut cake from scratch. I substituted sweetner for the sugar - I do that all the time in other recipes. In this one, it didn't work. The cake didn't raise at all. The texture was more like a scone than a cake. The flavor was okay, but I ended up pitching it anyway.
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 12:23 pm
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    Not my goof but my sister's. She forgot to put sugar in her pumpkin pie filling. Didn't realize it until we were all eating our first bite of pie after thanksgiving dinner!
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 2:27 pm Groupie
    Oh, well, if we can tattle on our sisters....

    Mine isn't known for her cooking ability (well, she's better now, but still not a gourmet chef). When she first started working, they assigned her to bring a jello mold to the office party, figuring even she couldn't ruin that. Well, she made it the night before and it turned out beautifully. She unmolded it--perfectly--onto a serving plate. Except that it was a little off center and she tried to straighten it. Oops! It landed on the floor. Well, okay, she thought, no one would know if she picked it up, washed it off and took it anyway. So, wanting to do a really thorough job, she turned on the hot water full blast, put the jello under it and watcher her creation melt down the drain!

    And then there was a caramel accident she had a few years back. That actually was serious--she couldn't put a shoe on for over a month and still has scars. (but don't worry--even she laughs over that one, so I'm not being too cruel by mentioning it).
    Fri Apr 19, 2002 2:40 pm Groupie
    My dad died when we were very young. When Mom remarried, my sister was just 12 years old. The wedding was simple, my stepbrother and I stood up with them, we bought ready made dresses, the guys wore their good suits. For the reception, my sister & I each baked a cake. I don't remember what mine was but she made a strawberry cake mix. When she was scrapping down the sides of the bowl, she got the rubber spatula (scrapper) caught in the beaters and it shredded part of it. She didn't know what to do, so she baked it and told me after the reception. No one noticed, but to this day we laugh about it. As a matter of fact, we told Mom at her 25th anniversary party last summer. icon_smile.gif
    Terri F.
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 12:08 am Groupie
    I never "fail" in the kitchen, but I sometimes create "digestively challenging masterpieces". Fortunately, these don't happen often anymore. icon_surprised.gif)
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 7:17 am Groupie
    My mum once made a tuna casserole with a substantual amount of cornflour in the recipe (no, I don't know why it was there)and accidentally used icing sugar instead.
    She didn't taste it until it was all dished up on the table. Dad and I were the first ones to take a bite and the look we exchanged at that first moment was classic. So very funny.
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 7:33 am Groupie
    This isn't so much a failure as a disaster!
    We use commercial size plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and we USED to keep them on the top shelf of the pantry along with the food processor.
    Russell was putting the food processor away, and sort of jiggling it around to make it fit, and the plastic wrap fell, and SLICED three of his fingers open.
    He needed 4 stiches in one, 3 in the next, and 2 in the next.
    And we had a big wedding to cater for 5 days later and he had all those fingers with stiches in them!
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 7:37 am Groupie
    Oh, I do have a disaster (or maybe this one is a confession).
    Years ago (I was 22) I minded my bosses kids, and dog, for 3 weeks whilst she went on holidays.
    I made the kids Spaghetti Bolognaise for dinner, and stirred it, and then realised it was the spoon I used for the tinned dog food!
    Served them up dinner, but "couldn't eat a thing" myself!
    Nancy Sneed
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 11:57 am Groupie
    Mine was the first time I tried to make angel food cake from scratch. I was 11 years old and my grandmother was helping me. I didn't beat the eggs enough and when I was done it was like this rubber disk. The texture of a flip flop would be an apt description. Needless to say even the beagles wouldn't eat it. Now that's bad!

    Then there's the time we were having company for breakfast and I had just learned to make biscuits. I stirred them up, cut them, baked and serverd them. While we were eating, my brother bit into one and said, "hmmm, chain link biscuits". My roommate's 2 year old had put peices of a link bracelet into the flour and I had baked one of them right into the biscuits. How I measured, stirred and cut them without seeing this I'll never know but we all got a good laugh out of it!
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 12:17 pm Groupie
    LOL, dale! your post makes me think of my aunt who made tuna casserole, and forgot to put the tuna in it!! Her kids kept telling her that it "just didn't taste right", and she could not figure out what she had done wrong until she tasted it...YEP!! Something was definitely missing!! We all have our moments, I suppose:)
    Sat Apr 20, 2002 6:08 pm Groupie
    Some of these replies have had me in stitches!! SOOOOOOOO funny!! ROFLOL!!!
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