The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

It all began when I replied to Rochele the other day about the photo of her pineapple.
http://365project.org/rophoto/365/2010-04-08 I made a glib remark, and Sarah countered by asking me "What's in your kitchen, Louise". Always on the lookout for a photo op, I thought I'd bake and share my talents... (When I told Ken, he said he was liking 365 more everyday!) I have a favorite recipe for Guava Bread, so I gathered the many ingredients before going out for awhile in the afternoon. Returning, I asked Ken's help to put it together, took pictures of the "proud moments" along the way, turned on the timer and went back to 365 while waiting for my beautiful bread & my photo op.

(Here's where Elizabeth probably steps in and says something like "Pride goeth before the fall...")

"Fall" doesn't even begin to cover what happened next. It didn't take a mental giant to see I had little pancakes when I took the bread from the oven, and it only got worse when I turned it out! *What* had happened?!! I went back to my recipe, and OMG...I'd left out 4 teaspoons of baking soda... Ken went to google to see why the ingredient was so necessary (DUH), and informed me "baking soda is 4x stronger than baking powder and needs to be used with fruits to create bubbles that cause the bread to rise".

I was crestfallen that I'd missed my opportunity to share my "skills" when I realized this is actually the story of what happened to me today! Ken was sure he'd still enjoy a piece when I cut it, but, with the consistency of finger jello, it was thumbs down at first bite. Four loaves...into the garbage...

I'm baring my soul here, gang...

I put up additional pictures I took when I thought I was going to have a wonderful story to share. http://365daysintheyear.shutterfly.com/ ...yes, I hear you, Elizabeth...
LOL oh noooooo. It still makes a wonderful shot and story of your day :) It's a pity it didn't taste any good, sometimes even though it doesn't look the way it should, it still tastes wonderful. (Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything *whistling innocently*) You're going to be paranoid next couple of times you bake, checking the recipe to make sure you've done everything :) I'm glad you shared it with us, despite it's ultimate resting place :)
posted April 12th, 2010  
Oh no, that is frustrating!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Great story. Reminds me of the time I made pumpkin pie and forgot the sugar. I thought, "How bad could it be?" Answer: bad.

Guava bread? Wow, that's great! Guava is really popular in Hawaii, but seems like a rarity around here. Although there is a local bakery that makes great guava cake. It's so light you almost convince yourself that it's not bad for you :). Thanks for the laugh Louise.
posted April 12th, 2010  
No, no, no....you misread me Louise.....!!!! My heart goes out to you for the disaster. Feel so sorry....but you wrote the story so well that I'm afraid my sorrow comes with a grin from ear to ear! Don't you just hate not being able to eat it at all, not even as a pancake! It is a fun picture and you can almost feel the rubbery flatness of what should have been considerably fluffier! Poor, poor you. (And poor Ken who was deprived of that which he anticipated)....but I think the gang here will rally round and wait with anticipation to see what comes next.
posted April 12th, 2010  
Thanks for sharing your story. Not everything goes as planned but you still took a great pic of it and the story made it that much better!
posted April 12th, 2010  
lol, great story Louise, but you are very brave for posting it! I've had that happen a few times to me as well with cakes. It's really yukkie :-) I love how Ken is adding his own subtle comments in the back of the photo ;-)
posted April 12th, 2010  
What a shame Louise, poor Ken!!
Love your pics of the makings, I've never tasted guava is it anything like any other fruit?
Maybe there's a silver lining though, I bet the squirrels wouldn't turn up their noses at it even if Ken did! Think of the extra photo opportunities!
posted April 12th, 2010  
We love you anyway!
posted April 12th, 2010  
haha. Well a good memory was created
posted April 12th, 2010  
Ah what a shame. I hate when that happens and you have to throw it out. I forgot to put salt in my porridge one day last week, added some after it was cooked but added too much and it was awful, so into the bin it went.
posted April 12th, 2010  
welcome to my world....I am the worlds worst baker--at least YOU get it right 99% of the time!! LOL great story and thanks for sharing!! :)
posted April 12th, 2010  
Ira
Oh, Louise...you really made me laugh out loud. =))))) Thanks for sharing. (And, by the way: Those things happen to me all the time. ;-).)
posted April 12th, 2010  
hehe that gave me a good chuckle louise. i'm more of a survival cook myself, but i've been in kens position before...trying to say its ok before deciding its inedible!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Sorry for your loss...but thanks for the laughter. Great shots!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Haha, thats soooooooo funny! Shame about the bread, but great story for this amazing 365 project! Keep up the great work Louise :o)
posted April 12th, 2010  
Hee hee Louise very funny story glad you can laugh about it! : ) I did my "black" profile pic as a bit of a joke, as i'm quite camera shy! Only later did I realise it made me seem like a bit of a criminal!!! : )
posted April 12th, 2010  
Btw not likely to do the self portrait theme but you never know!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Hi Louise! I know how you feel! I have done something similar. Isn't it funny how we try to salvage it somehow to make it edible, and try not to throw it out ! :)
posted April 12th, 2010  
With all do respect Louise, your story reassures me that I am not alone when I do things like this :o) Why just yesterday I went to make a batch of strawberry jam and used the wrong sugar! I'm afraid to taste it because I may throw it out! What was I thinking? Or not thinking :o0
posted April 12th, 2010  
Oh, Louise ... I'm hope I'm laughing *with* you! Love Ken in the background with his crossed fingers! :-)
posted April 12th, 2010  
See....we're all on your side! And we've all been that person in different ways! You draw out the best from us all (or do I mean the worst?). Thanks.
posted April 12th, 2010  
Hahahahaha. Very funny, yet so sad a story, Louise. Poor Ken...."Guava a Nice Day...NOT!"
posted April 12th, 2010  
hahah oooo dear - that's the worst!
well, A for effort my dear ;)
posted April 12th, 2010  
I will spare you my own cooking disasters but let you know that I loved your story and the photo and Ken! He seems like a funny guy!!! =D
posted April 12th, 2010  
I just saw your tags!!! HILARIOUS!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Isn't it good to know that we are not laughing /at/ you but /with/ you! I love your honesty. =D *hugs*
posted April 12th, 2010  
ohhh...now you're letting us into your kitchen =)
don't feel bad...you should see (not even taste) my attempts at "cooking"
posted April 12th, 2010  
Haha, oops! :D Funny photo!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Great story Louise. On the bright side, you did provide everyone with a smile today. That has to balance it out a bit. Maybe you should have went with the "show your face" theme. :-)
posted April 12th, 2010  
hahaha i dont question your cooking abilities at all (no sarcasm here) is that your hubby in the background? if so he totally made this picture by his hand jester. great photo!
posted April 12th, 2010  
what courage to tell this 'fall', this is one story that makes me even prouder of you! while everyone tries to be silent about some funny mistakes they've made, here you are baring your soul. nice photo with ken's expressive gesture, anyway!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Love the story and the "no good nasty" tag. I'll have to remember that one the next time my cooking (or my life) goes wrong in some hilarious way. It happens frequently enough....
posted April 12th, 2010  
Ken and I have just been invited to tea by Mirmax http://365project.org/mirmax/365 !! Which leads me to this observation... At the outset, our photos were about our day. My picture, spurred by my reply to Rochele, prompted a response from Sarah, which set my day's photo in motion and prompted a reply photo from Mirmax (and these intereactions all around 365 are happening more often). See how our days are now beginning to involve one another? Isn't it lovely?
posted April 12th, 2010  
Okay, I have to admit...I did get a chuckle out of that...but whatever you did here...it came out looking SUPER DELICIOUS!!! I really want to try it now! You definitely have a cooking talent :)
posted April 12th, 2010  
You are right Louise, there is more and more "Talk" going on.
I like!
posted April 12th, 2010  
♥ Louise....
You did ask......
in a Word document insert a heart (or whatever) from your "Symbols" menu. Then.....copy and paste!!! Computer trickery comes at no extra cost! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
posted April 12th, 2010  
♥ ♥ ♥ or, as I have just tried, you can just copy these!!!! Isn't technology wonderful! Must go to Facebook and find a comment from my Youth Worker which I'll copy for you....think you'd enjoy it.
posted April 12th, 2010  
this is a posting from my youth worker: Gary ....Has seen the wonders and drawbacks to modern technology today! Youtube helped me get a perfect Windsor knot, Google maps got me to a place I'd never been. And still people can't turn their phones off during a funeral! Oh well!
posted April 12th, 2010  
Too bad about the bread, but cute photo!!! (Always good to have a sense of humor when things go wrong!)
posted April 12th, 2010  
posted April 12th, 2010  
Sorry it didn't work out. But thanks for the story it make me smile. And I had a chance to look at your photos from Descanso Gardens, beautiful! Looks like it was such a fun and inspiring day.
posted April 12th, 2010  
yummmmmmmmmmmm i want a slice with butter please lol

nice shot , love hubby in the back ground doing the evil sign lmao
posted April 12th, 2010  
This is cute.... can I have some :-)
posted April 12th, 2010  
I posted a picture *just* for you!
http://365project.org/ZG/365/2010-04-13
posted April 13th, 2010  
I am putting on my "teacher hat" right now, Louise: If at first you don't succeed...try, try again! (And then share with your friends as it looked like you were making enough for a small army ;-)
posted April 13th, 2010  
LOL @ Karen... There's actually a pretty good story behind those pans!
posted April 13th, 2010  
Hahaha! I am very sorry that your bread did not turn out but it definitely made for an amusing tale! :)))
posted April 13th, 2010  
I bet your "bad and ugly" taste better than my "good" :))
posted April 13th, 2010  
Hey, you got a wonderful story out of it and you will remember and laugh about it long after you forget all the good loaves you've baked.
posted April 13th, 2010  
hahahaha that is the best. i love that it looks like pudding. this is priceless! i love it so much.
posted April 13th, 2010  
Oh Louise! This is so funny!
Reminds me of my cake baking adventure and the soy sauce icing!

I also love that Ken shares your adventures and foibles and supports your highly addictive photography obsession. Like my Brad.
They sound to me like two peas in a pod.
I suspect you and I are, too! XO
posted April 13th, 2010  
Oh, WHAT a story, Louise. I love your interactions with others on this site ... and the way one conversation will lead you to respond with a special deed, like trying to show us your baking skills. Of all the time for you to forget an ingredient? I love that you can laugh about it and aren't afraid to bare your soul.
posted April 13th, 2010  
o bummer!!! funny picture. and funny story !
posted April 13th, 2010  
Now that's turning lemons into lemonade. Thanks for sharing your fabulous flop.
posted April 13th, 2010  
Even though the bread didn't quite work out, it still makes me hungry just looking at it!
posted April 14th, 2010  
Hi Louise, Thanks for commenting on my Martha Stewart cupcake disaster! It's nice to know that these baking tragedies happen to all of us at some point. It does make for a good story though, doesn't it? All we can do is laugh! :)
posted April 26th, 2010  
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