I often improvise while I'm cooking. Usually it works. I feel proud of my cooking skills when I can substitute an ingredient or find a method of cooking something differently. A real cook!!
But sometimes it goes pear shaped!
The above picture is my attempt at Christine's custard tart before it went in the oven! Doesn't look quite the same as hers. What went wrong? Well! Rosie decided to make an apple crumble to take to her boyfriends about three weeks ago. My dish has not yet returned. Oh well, I can improvise! I used a springform tin and cooked my wholemeal pastry ready to receive the custard. Whoops! Forgot the lentils to hold the pastry while I blind baked. Collapsed walls. Next I poured in the beautiful custard mix. Whoops! Springform tins have a gap at the bottom!!! Custard came pouring out everywhere! Hubby grabbed a pyrex dish to put under it and we saved some of the custard.
Do you know what? It looked terrible but it was still delicious. When I get my dish back, I'll be making this again.
Then there was another disaster. Choc chip cookies. The mix looked too dry. I was a bit cocky! (I'm a good, experienced cook you know) So again I improvised and added more liquid. Is it possible that the person who wrote the recipe knew more than I did?!
Then there was the time I was cooking a cake. One of those ones where you throw all the ingredients in the mixer together. I turned it on to a full beat setting and........... yep! Flour all over me and the kitchen. I wish I had taken a photo. The kids loved it! They giggled their heads off!
Or straining fizzy rhubarb into a container that's too small, or placing cakes in the oven and heading into the garden (for just five minutes).........
A lot of extra cleaning up goes on at my house!
Wishing you all successful, organised cooking!!!