Daily Prompt – Shaken and Stirred

What’s the most elaborate, complicated meal you’ve ever cooked? Was it a triumph for the ages, or a colossal fiasco? Give us the behind-the-scenes story (pictures are welcome, of course).

Hmm, thus is kinda tough, because I’ve challenged myself to a few different cooking challenges.

I think the most challenging, recently was actually something as simple as making waffle batter. We’d made multiple batches of waffles previously, since we bought our amazing waffle maker, but on this one particular night, we just couldn’t seem to get anything to work.

Every single batch ended up completely scrambled and ruined add soon as we added the cold and hot liquids together. In the end we almost ran out of all the ingredients we needed, and the rest ended up in the bin.

Hulk vowed to never make waffles ever again – despite him being the one who wanted the waffle maker in the first place.

Personally, my cooking challenges have all been baking related. To this day I’ve still never made a sponge cake, or gingerbread. Sponges are almost impossible to make, and I find it quite intimidating.

I’ve made numerous multiple-layer cakes with all different kinds of fillings and frosting- all quite complicated and time consuming,. And even then, there’s been some pretty spectacular #fails along the way.

The ultimate challenge was making choux pastry. It seems so simple, but it’s quite complex and a reminder of how baking truly is all about science and exact measurements. I remember one day I was determined to make myself some chocolate eclairs, from scratch…

Seven hours, three bitch-fits and tantrums and god knows how many dishes and Ingredients later, I FINALLY managed to get a batch of eight eclairs out. I prepared the cream and the chocolate and made them all look yummy. I then went and had a lovely long bath, and when I had finished, I made myself a pot of tea, and I layed down on the bed with a movie, and ate every single eclair with about 4 or 5 cups of tea.

Savoring every single bite, I was very content by the end.

… And I haven’t made choux pastry since.

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