I was a regular contributor to Tyler Florence Fridays. Loved cooking with Tyler, loved the interaction of TFF and the ladies hosting. And I was unhappy that TFF was going to be ending, sad that I would not have the extra incentive to find the time to cook outside my list of regular dishes and get back to my blog.
When the "I Hearts (I can't find the symbol for a heart) Cooking Clubs" came up, this should have been my cue to jump right in with a new chef and have some fun. I wanted to, I really, really wanted to.
But the chef of choice was Nigella Lawson, and I have problems with that.
Nothing personal against Nigella. She is a beautiful woman who is entertaining to watch. Some of her recipes look stunning, some scream out to me to be tried.
But I have never had any luck whatsoever with her recipes. None at all.
Take this one, my choice for this week's theme of "Potluck":
This is supposed to be Easy Sticky-Toffee Dessert, found on page 216 of Nigella Bites.
Looks disgusting, doesn't it?
And it is the best of the two I made.
This was my second try at this recipe, in 12 hours. I made it last night, after dinner, and realized I'd made two mistakes with it almost immediately. First, I miss-measured my flour slightly, but not by a huge amount, and second, my pan, which had the right capacity, was not a good shape for this.
Still, I persevered and put it in the oven. Forty five minutes later, I had slightly bubbling water in a baking dish with something sludgy underneath, but no "springy and spongy" dessert. Thirty minutes later, the same.
I tried again this morning, more careful with my flour, different pan to give it more surface area for the boiling water to seep through the batter and make a sauce.
After more than 1 hour in the oven, I took it out and used a spoon to try and let some of the water get under the "cake", and then let it sit on the counter to meld together some.
Spooning it up looked like this:
Not very appetizing looking, and frankly, boring to eat. No toffee flavor at all, despite all the
I may try something else from Nigella again, something savory where if the conversions are off, it won't destroy the recipe and create something awful.
For now, this is my contribution for the potluck party at I Hearts Cooking Club.