I’m proud to say I am a person with a great sense of humour and consequently I’m a firm believer that it is great to be able to laugh at our own mistakes. :)
It's never been a secret that I HATED cooking with a sincere passion prior to owning a Thermomix. I was a packet and jar cook! My family were lucky to get dinner made from a jar of “Chicken Tonight” – I always said it was a good thing that those jars came in various flavours so I could at least give the family some variety! I’ve had many cooking mistakes over the years… so to share a couple with you:
I made quiche once forgetting to put the eggs in! Needless to say it got thrown out! :)
I made pizza and after I’d had a few bites I said; ‘there's something not quite right with this, it's really boring!’ My son (22yrs) said ever so diplomatically "um mum I think you forgot to put the cheese on top!" oops! Dare I say this only happened at the beginning of this year!
And to see my little stuff up on Easter Sunday night just this year click here!
So this led me to asking the question on my ThermoFun Facebook page of “What is your biggest cooking mistake?” I received many replies and it was fabulous to see people happy to share their comedy of errors!
Mentioning first names only, I have collated the responses for when you feel like you need some light and funny reading and for you to know that when you make an error you are not alone! :)
I also did an eggless quiche and kept calling mum for advice on why it was runny! She has never let me live it down!
Made curried eggs, but forgot the curry, used mustard instead LOL
I made a pea and ham soup and used stock and salt as well as bacon bones, so it turned out the saltiest thing you’ve ever tasted. It was not even edible. We had mice at the time and when I woke up in the morning one was actually dead next to the bowl- my soup literally killed something. It really was bad!
Forgot the eggs in my daughters birthday cake, supermarket cake saved the day lol
I made salmon & rice last week. First I forgot to put the rice inside the TM basket & it turned to glue. Quick change of plans & made sweet potato mash...then the dog jumped up & ate the salmon off the bench. How to impress your in laws!!
I made a tuna bake and forgot to put tuna in it! NB: I didn't even realise until we ate it lol then I tried telling my husband I meant to leave it out haha!
I do that EVERY time I make my tuna strudel! I find it still draining in the sink. At least twice it has already been in the oven by the time I find the missing tuna!
I accidentally used custard powder instead of corn flour once for a white sauce... Was cooking chicken mornay...lol
When I was learning to bake I put ¼ cup bicarbonate soda in the chocolate cake instead of ¼ tsp. It rose really well! Our chooks wouldn't even eat it, too fizzy on the beak.
I made a cake, which was rock hard and inedible, threw it to the chook pen and they wouldn't eat it either. I have come a long way since then. Haha!
Carrot cake forgetting the carrot!
I made custard once and used salt instead of sugar lol!
I made a cake and forgot the flour!
When I was just married made a chickpea salad. Never knew you had to soak them (or use tinned ones!)
Not food related but need to share .. Was doing "colourful heart crayons" .. I shaved old crayons for hours and placed them in molds .. After 10 mins - realised I hadn't used the silicon trays I thought .. They were rubber IKEA ice trays that melted in the oven!
I forget to set the temperature on thermie all the time. Put thermie on, kids have bath, table ready- go to dish up ... food not ready!
I once made Anzac biscuits but left out the sugar! Horrible result, which went into the bin.
When I first made Anzac biscuits I didn't realise that they are still soft when you remove them from the oven. So I kept cooking them longer. Result: Anzac biscuits you could use as a door stop!
I was making ravioli. Well the bought packet one with stir through sauce. Same day as dyeing a pair of shorts. Drained ravioli pour back in pot... except wrong pot. It was the one with dye water in it! I cried but I was also 8½ months pregnant... and hungry! Lol.
Putting salt in a cheesecake instead of sugar...
My beautiful daughter brought me home some delicious oysters so I could make myself some oysters Kilpatrick as a treat! I accidentally used soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce and had to sit there and eat them (as gross as they were), as I didn't want her to know I had ruined her treat!
I burnt pasta by cooking it in the microwave with no water in the bowl. Lucky I only burnt the pasta and not the house down... Also, from experience, rice cakes and toasters are a bit of a fire hazard!
Using icing sugar to "thicken" gravy!
I made an apricot slice but put chilli in it instead of cinnamon. Didn't have my glasses on!!!!!! Cooked it and went to eat it, it was so damn hot!!!!!!
I made a tomato sauce and put in 1lb of salt instead of 1Tbsp.
I once made a mud cake and added self-raising flour by accident. It was a very high cake!
I made custard once and instead of putting 2 tablespoon of powdered milk in.. I put 2 tablespoon of fresh milk.
Hot cross buns with no sugar. They looked beautiful but tasted horrible.
I made a nice thick custard and put salt in instead of coconut. Still makes me quiver!
When I was 11, I made my first family dinner, a casserole! The recipe asked for ¼ cup of black coffee and after looking for ages I couldn't find black coffee and thought brown would do! Not realising that it basically meant ¼ teaspoon coffee and water, I used ¼ cup of instant coffee! Hence it became a pizza night!
I forgot to take the blue plastic off the bottom of ready made puff pastry once… I layered it with fruit and popped it in the oven until the kitchen started smelling of burning plastic! That'll encourage anyone to make pastry from scratch! J
Hubby NEVER cooks so when he made beef strog for my birthday it was a big deal. Unfortunately he thought ½ cup beef stock was ½ cup stock powder. It was very salty!!!!
My family has never let me forget cooking Frankfurt’s under the grill. In my defense I was 12!
Spag bol throwing in what I thought was a small handful of dried parsley only to find out when served up it was dried mint!
I have forgotten the water in a risotto once, but I did remember the wine!
My mum once put salt instead of sugar in her lemon meringue pie!
Butter cake and forgot the butter ... ... pre thermie days. Found it in the microwave after cake was in the oven and I was cleaning up - oopsy!
Banana cake without eggs. Oops!!
I made custard but put salt in instead of sugar lol
I put salt in a cheesecake mix instead of sugar.
Zucchini slice minus the eggs!!
I made icing with corn flour instead of icing sugar. Yuck!
Chocolate mousse without the sugar!
Made a batch of biscuits and grabbed the jar of salt instead of sugar YUCK lol. Jars are clearly labelled now ha ha!
I made risotto but forgot to put the water in, chooks enjoyed it.
I've left the yeast out of bread a couple of times.
Google translate on a Chinese recipe when I was a young cook. Here's a trick for young players...don't add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of bicarb to your Chinese beef and garlic stir fry. Our mouths tried to turn inside out!!!
My mum and aunt left the eggs out of my cousin's traditional three tiered wedding cake they realised a half an hour after it went into the oven! They whipped it out, added the eggs, whizzed it back into the oven. It was a lovely cake, none of the guests guessed!
I forgot to put eggs in my pancakes...twice!! Lol
I made bread with plain flour-epic fail!
My Mum made the EDC tiramisu. When it said 200g coffee she misunderstood and put in that much instant coffee powder (as opposed to 200g liquid)!
Making pizza dough and forgetting the water. Wondered why it looked so different during kneading. Lol.
Forgot to add flour to a sponge. FAIL!
As a kid, I used tartare sauce as I thought it was the same as cream of tartar! Worst meringue ever!
I forgot to put on reverse and made a honey mustard chicken puree. Woops!
Brown sugar instead of bread crumbs - oops!
Served a lovely roast lamb with cocoa gravy... the palate of all guests rejected this accidental combo!
I very proudly baked whole fish in white wine and herbs... without buying it gutted. Yuk!
I made chocolate cake with gravox wondering why it didn't taste chocolately despite adding double the amount!
I made 2 minute noodles but forgot to add the water in.... ha ha!
I managed to blow up the oven... Faulty gas switch! cracked windows, ringing ears, glasses off shelves and broken - poor dog shat himself - neighbour's dog hid under the bed. Neighbours ran around screaming to help... Husband nearly slipped over naked from bath - I was very lucky... Just a small bruise on my foot and a bruised ego. I walked out the door. Flagged down a car and had a stiff drink at the local! Living on a small island has advantages... But I copped it over the next week.. Everyone wanted to check out my burnt eyebrows.
As you can see from the above, no one is perfect, not even Food Bloggers!!! So let's try and be light on ourselves, learn from our mistakes, and most importantly have a laugh and then move on! :)
If you have a cooking error you've made and would like to share with us and give us a smile, please comment below. We'd love to laugh WITH you! :)