Saturday, April 30

{A Sweet Mistake}

Group-on coupons started it all.  A dear friend who knows of my cooking obsession signed my mom, my Love and me up for a cooking class with the wonderful Freddi Parker.  I fell in love with her immediately.  She is a marvelous and creative chef that loves the people she is around just as much as the food she makes for them.  I just received the opportunity to help her prepare food for a few of her classes in June.  I cannot wait!

It was one of her desserts from that class that inspired me.  She creates a fabulous three ingredient, flourless and decadent chocolate cake.  Unfortunately two of the ingredients are eggs and butter, which as we know is not welcomed by my tummy.  I quickly knew I had to attempt to recreate it without these two of the three.  The challenge was on.  I gave it two solid tries in one night and well, it was quite a failure.  Most well trained Chefs would laugh at my notion to even try as eggs are quite difficult to replace in such a recipe.  I can only explain the attempts by my simple desire to create the impossible.  Perhaps someday I will....

So, sadly I do not have a recipe for you today.  You're probably wondering why are you blogging then Silly? Well, the reason I'm sharing this with you is because I want you to know that I fail.  For some reason, you all seem to think I only experience success.  Well I must correct this myth, because honestly, I fail all the time.  Just ask my family, my close friends and most of all my sweet Love.  He, brave man, will even venture to taste test my failures.  His response to the food, my distraught look and sad kitchen moans typically goes something like this..."well, I'm sure it would be great with some ice cream?" To which I either laugh or at times hold back tears.  These are difficult mistakes to swallow, expensive {everything-free} food is not the easiest to throw away.

Cooking is an art, but it is also a science.  A calculated experiment that can really go wrong.  Yet, do not be discouraged.  There is always room for a good solid rescue.  As my man would say, add ice cream or restructure the result and create something entirely new! This second option is exactly what I did with my failed flourless cake.  I scooped it out of the cake pan and pressed it into little cookies.  I froze them, added some leftover, vegan frosting and created little chocolate, cookie sandwiches.  They were DIVINE.  As a past girlscout  cookie lover, these tasted just like my favorite thin mint cookies! I could not believe it.  This kitchen adventure left me with a different, delicious chocolatey goodness and a renewed hope to continue my chemistry experiments.

Take this as a little cheers, do not give up my dear friends, enjoy the learning process and never stop experimenting in the kitchen.

Bon Appetit!
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