by Nicole on March 4, 2010

Like I always say I have been so inspired by the blog world and I have learned about SO many new foods and products because of all the knowledge out there. 

for example: now I <3 these guys. Sauteed in a little EVOO, YUM!

There are certain things I want to try to make/eat so I figured I would make a list so I can have it written down.

I have had 2 fails in the past 4 days, that I thought I would share. When I was at my mom’s Sunday I made sweet potatoes, which came out amazing, but I wanted something else since I haven’t been eating meat and the rest of my family was having chicken. I decided to make a bean burgers. I was at my mom’s so I didn’t have everything that I usually would at my house. Christie was kind enough to tweet me a recipe from her blog, but since my mom didn’t have half the ingredients I just threw beans and some other things in a bowl. They basically came out like mashed beans in burger form. My mom didn’t have any whole wheat bread or bread crumbs so I have to leave them totally out since I gave up white flour for Lent. It was pretty funny because it is by far the worst thing I have made possibly in YEARS.  

My second fail was my attempt at sprouting wheat berries. I thought I followed the instructions but 3 days later I ended up with no sprout and LOTS of disgusting smell. I rinsed them every couple of hours but something just didn’t work. So if there are any sprouting veterans out there, I will take some advice. The smell was SO disgusting…I felt like it was stuck in my nose all day.

So on my list I would like to try the following things/succeed in what I’ve failed at:
  • sprouting something
  • bean and/or vege burgers
  • a bread with a starter (this has scared me)
  • a green monster (I’ve read way to much about these to not try it)
  • interesting oats (mine have been so below par)
I am so hesitant to post this..but I will…another one of my goals is to run a half marathon. I don’t know where or when, but I know I want to do one. I have to try to get Danny (hint, hint, I know you’re reading) and maybe some friends on bored (you know who you are…) to do it with me.

Is there anything that you have had a recipe flop with? My two this week were so bad it was laughable. It’s almost liberating to post things I’m not so good at instead of just posting “fantastic” recipes. There have been a couple of posts in the blog world around recipe flops and blog confessions. It is hard to always come up with that perfect post and it is easy to feel pressure to post everyday if you let it. I try to just post when I want to, which is usually everyday, but if I miss one or two and only post 4 times a week instead of 5 or 6, it is OK! Do you ever feel that pressure?

On another note…
Two nights ago to go with dinner I made whole wheat naan. (He had the first 1 with balsamic chicken and I had it with veges and chickpeas.) I thought I would share this picture of my husband’s 4th piece:

Sorry for the bad picture…”mmm” butter, as he said.

I am dying to try Jillian Michael’s new yoga meltdown, so I am going to do that now. I’ll letcha know how it is! 

Have a great day! It’s ALMOST Friday! :)

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healthyexposures March 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

Oh, I've had plenty of flops! I'd rather just laugh at myself than worry about it, though. So of course I'll post about it. You're right – makes you feel like a real person, you know?!
I've yet to have a "green monster" too. Part of it is that smoothies just don't seem to satisfy me. I'd rather eat something! But I also have aterrible blender. I should realy try one soon, though.
Hopefully your next black bean burger recipe goes well – I love a good homemade bean burger! And I'll have to take a peek at the WW Naan recipe :) I made some with half WW and half bread flour a couple weeks ago. It was so good!


Erica Sara March 4, 2010 at 7:54 am

I always have flops… part of the fun!
So excited for you to train for a half marathon. I ran my first in Phili in November and it was one of the best experiences ever. I'm hoping to run NYC in 2.5 weeks, if my hip isnt kiling me, and just signed up for the NYC Marathon lottery. Keep us posted on which race you decide on.
Do you belong to NYRR and are you running any of the shorter races? They are so fun & great practice!
Ok.. so what is a green monster?
You also got me back in the mood to sprout. I was going to start again this weekend but remembered I'm heading to Vegas on Thursday and the sprouts will go bad if I start now. So will make them when I get back & will def write a post for you!


Divina Pe March 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

I do have flops these past few days. I was making Gnocchi alla Romana but the result became too soft. I used a round cutters and place them on a baking pan but after baking them, the mixture blended together instead of having few round gnoochis. I still have my starter in the fridge and not sure if they're still alive. And I sprouted quinoa before and I overdid it and it also has an unpleasant smell. :)


Christine March 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

My flops always come with baking. Twice in the past year I have had cookies melt into one giant one in the oven. My 5 yr old commented 'mommy those don't look right do they?' Mind you, crumbled up on ice cream they weren't the worst thing in the world!

Interested to hear what you think of the vid – I have JM's 30 day shred and wonder if the format is along the same lines.


pegasuslegend March 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

oh the flops I have had, but luckilly they have been few, but expensive I must say! I hate throwing things out, hence I learned to love burnt foods, especially cookies…sick huh? lol


Allison (Eat Clean LIve Green) March 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

I had a recipe flop last night… and it was just a simple pasta! I have no idea what went wrong ;-)


Jaime March 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

I think we all have flops. Those are the funnest bits to read on the blogs! :) Generally if my meals aren't what I consider awesome then I just post the pics but skip mentioning the recipe or method. So far, nothing has been inedible (knock wood!!).

Totally join us with the green smoothies!!! Best to start with the basic version…this is my fave!

4 ice cubes
1/2 really ripe banana
2 tsp flax meal
1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
2 huge handfuls baby spinach

If you want to kick up the protein, you can add protein powder or Amazing Meal or even 1/4 cup of whole oats.

Yummmmmmy in the tummy! :)


Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite March 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

I was posting every day in 2009 and it just about killed me. I have cut back to 3-4 times a week now and am happy to see my blog traffic has not dropped (I was worried that if I didn't post every day people would stop visiting). I have had a few things that haven't worked out (ahem – macarons) that I have posted because I try to think about my readers and appearing "real" to them. I am not perfect in the kitchen – far from it – and I think only posting pretty perfect stuff isn't a reflection of who I am. Just my 0.2c!


Travel Eat Love March 4, 2010 at 10:45 am

Almost everything I bake is a flop!I do try to post every day because I struggle with traffic so much and am afraid of losing any, to be honest!


Retta March 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

I've also been inspired by the blog world and will be trying yucca tonight! It's awesome trying new and different things I've never thought to try or even heard of. I'm also doing a half-marathon (in 2 months!). Good luck!


Sanura March 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

Kudos to you for posting them. It's a relief I'm not the only one with flops. My flop was a West African Peanut stew a few weeks ago. The only excuse for the mishap was not being familiar with West African cuisine. As for green (or any vegetable) drink, those make me feel nauseous and unbalance the whole day. I'll stick to my mango smoothie. I haven't ran a marathon, but running is a passion. Working out in the cold is exhilarating, but I'm still looking forward to the weather warming up and longer days.


Estela @ Weekly Bite March 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

My flops normally involve over seasoning. I have a pretty heavy hand when it comes to salting and seasoning food. I need to work on that ;)


Christie @ Honoring Health March 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Sorry the bean burgers didn't turn out. A binder is really important. Trust me. I learned my lesson. The ones i made this weekend, I accidently forgot to add in a binder and they turned out exactly how you said. Like bean mush.


Kitchen Butterfly March 4, 2010 at 2:09 pm

You can say its almost friday again……..so looking forward to the weekend! Recipe flops….yes. Many – Cakes that are heavy (a result of being frosted overnight and refrigerated!). Candied peel that was too thin – tasted horrible but food is ever forgiving so….we forge ahead!


Emily March 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Oh gosh, I've got a list of baking flops!!! Everyone does, even if they don't admit it!
I didn't know that Jillian had a new yoga dvd….keep us posted!


Andrea@CeleryITCity March 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I need to try some brussel sprouts…I've seen so many great recipes! I have had a ton of cooking flops..ugh, the worst had to be a stir fry!


Angie March 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

if I posted all my flops, my blog would be mostly flops. Just last night I almost got the new recipe I was working on, but I didn't make nearly enough sauce and I let the pasta set too long and it stuck together. But it tasted good! That's the only way we learn.


Trix March 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

So many! My favorite was the time I was making a layered polenta casserole and I must have added too much moisture or something because it wouldn't set and it came like a gross mushy disgusting porridge or glop. Inedible!!


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