A Squared: Food Blogger Fails

Friday, July 11, 2014

Food Blogger Fails

True confessions Friday: Sometimes I make meals that are not good. In fact, sometimes I make things that are actually really bad.

One of the interesting things about blogging is that-- as a blogger-- I can really 'be' whoever I want to be in the eyes of you readers. I have total control over what I share with you here, so why wouldn't I want to share only the most beautiful Pinterest-perfect recipes and photos with you? As a blog reader, I have totally fallen into that trap of looking at beautifully styled photos for creative recipes with tons of comments on other blogs and then felt deflated by my own blog or my own talents in the kitchen.

Well, here's the big secret: I am human and not every moment of my life is blog-worthy. In fact, most of it isn't and some of it is downright embarrassing-- my cooking included! When you cook several nights a week and are making up recipes (a lot of times on the fly) you are bound to strike out a few times. The great thing about blogging is that I don't have to share them with you. It's just my husband and I that have to choke down that subpar meal or begrudgingly throw it out and order a last minute pizza delivery. 

So for today's post I wanted to keep it real, own up and share some of my embarrassingly bad recipe fails with you. You won't ever find these recipes on A Squared and now you know why:

I thought I was pretty brilliant when I came up with these grilled pork, apple, and onion skewers. I wasn't. I used pork chops, which aren't very fatty and became dry and rubbery on the grill. Oh, and I thought it would be pretty and tasty to add fresh sage leaves to the skewers, but they made everyting taste like spicy perfume. Fail.

Chicken fajita bowls with rice and guacamole. This one was boring. And lame. That's all I remember about it. Fail.

I was pretty excited to try making a carbonara-style pizza. Well, I'm a bit picky about soft eggs whites and didn't consider that when timing the baking process. So I ended up burning the pizza crust to a crisp in order to get the eggs as firm as I like. Oh, and I also discovered that I am not a big fan of guanciale... which I put all over the pizza. Fail.

This slow cooker Asian sesame pork roast was another great idea, in theory. I slow roasted the pork all day with sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, sriracha, garlic, onions, add veggies at the end, and fully expected to end up with a super flavorful dinner. This pork had no flavor. The whole thing was so bland and it made WAY more than Alex and I could eat in one sitting, so I also ended up throwing a ton out. Fail. And a waste.

And there you have it; a little blogging reality. So, get cooking this weekend and don't worry if you mess it up. It happens to the best of us!

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  1. it happens to the best of us! h always cooked dinner for us but now I'm in charge of dinner and it doesn't always work out -- i made eggs the other day and they were terrible! who messes up eggs?! ah well. xo jillian - cornflake dreams 

    1. You are not the first person that I have heard has trouble with eggs! And it's true, it happens to the best of us. PS So jealous that H cooks for you!


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