Follow my blog with BloglovinThe Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

Wow !!! 2014 is rounding up - so much to reflect on and so much to be thankful for. I am not gonna get philosophical - this is a food blog afterall, just want to say, it's been a great year and I am thankful for all of it - the good, the bad and the horrible. With regards to this blog, I thought I would do something a bit different - With food blogs, you only get to see what turned out great - the recipes that were not just great on paper but great on the plate - you really don't see the recipes that completely sucked - so I thought I will share those with you. Some of these recipes are in the process of reworking, I have some ideas of what went wrong, so don't be suprised if the 2.0 (or 10.0 in some cases) version on the blog in 2015. 

From the steam fried pasta to the donut holes that triggered my smoke detector - here is a photo diary of all the recipes that failed in 2014.

Chipotle Pepper Jam - Oh Gosh, such a genius idea, but my syrup totally crashed on and so instead of jam consistensy, I just had an assortment of peppers in water and sugar, oh, I also went a bit overboard with the chipotle - Not Bueno ! 

Chipotle Pepper Jam - Oh Gosh, such a genius idea, but my syrup totally crashed on and so instead of jam consistensy, I just had an assortment of peppers in water and sugar, oh, I also went a bit overboard with the chipotle - Not Bueno ! 

Spicy Chirizo Pancake. I am so ashamed to have this here, I probably tried it 5 time before throwing in the towel. After raising the white flag on this, I realized that using mexican chirozo, instead of spanish chirozo might have been the downfall of this one (and of course cooking mexican chirizo completely wrong, hmm , that might have been the problem, too). As bad as it was, it led to a pretty awesome recipe of Caramelized apples and bacon pancake - click here for that recipe

Spicy Chirizo Pancake. I am so ashamed to have this here, I probably tried it 5 time before throwing in the towel. After raising the white flag on this, I realized that using mexican chirozo, instead of spanish chirozo might have been the downfall of this one (and of course cooking mexican chirizo completely wrong, hmm , that might have been the problem, too). As bad as it was, it led to a pretty awesome recipe of Caramelized apples and bacon pancake - click here for that recipe

Oh - This started out so good. Then it crashed and burned at the end, not sure if it was the addition of nutmeg or the oil was not hot enough or too hot. Probably too hot, it was cooked on the outside but gooey on the inside. I did pick up a food thermometer a few weeks ago, so fingers crossed that does the job.

Oh - This started out so good. Then it crashed and burned at the end, not sure if it was the addition of nutmeg or the oil was not hot enough or too hot. Probably too hot, it was cooked on the outside but gooey on the inside. I did pick up a food thermometer a few weeks ago, so fingers crossed that does the job.

Chopped Salad with Cranberry Feta Dressing - The dress was seriously good stuff, but it was super thick, so it should be an easy fix. Then the salad, hmm --- instead of bacon, I chose beets and that just did not work and then photography wise, my lights were off, I was off - This is one that is an easy fix, so you will be seeing the 2.0 version in 2015.

Chopped Salad with Cranberry Feta Dressing - The dress was seriously good stuff, but it was super thick, so it should be an easy fix. Then the salad, hmm --- instead of bacon, I chose beets and that just did not work and then photography wise, my lights were off, I was off - This is one that is an easy fix, so you will be seeing the 2.0 version in 2015.

Owww - This one. I was trying for a cooking spaghetti, rissotto style. Idea was great, executions was complete rubbish. This one has been revamped and it turned out to be one of the best things I made this month - So expect to see this early next year, I just need to get the pictures uploaded.

Owww - This one. I was trying for a cooking spaghetti, rissotto style. Idea was great, executions was complete rubbish. This one has been revamped and it turned out to be one of the best things I made this month - So expect to see this early next year, I just need to get the pictures uploaded.

Chorizo and egg Tacos - Another one that fell to the woes of cooking chorizo completely wrong. I can't even - it was a mess.

Chorizo and egg Tacos - Another one that fell to the woes of cooking chorizo completely wrong. I can't even - it was a mess.

Lawd - This was my attempt at making sweet dumplings. After, my donut holes crashed and burned, I thought, why not use the remaining dough to make sweet dumpling, surely that will be a great meal. Uhm, it was not. #epicfail.

Lawd - This was my attempt at making sweet dumplings. After, my donut holes crashed and burned, I thought, why not use the remaining dough to make sweet dumpling, surely that will be a great meal. Uhm, it was not. #epicfail.

This one was good, then bad. I can't even, so we'll just let it go. Notice that its topped with the chipotle pepper jelly.

This one was good, then bad. I can't even, so we'll just let it go. Notice that its topped with the chipotle pepper jelly.

Tuna Niciose Salad. What is it with me and Salads ? Just never turns out as imagined, This was actually a good one, until I decided to pass on using tuna steak and used canned tuna instead. I was trying for a 15 minute meal. In hindsight, I should have just gone for the tuna steak. Next year, I will definitely opt for the tuna steak.

Tuna Niciose Salad. What is it with me and Salads ? Just never turns out as imagined, This was actually a good one, until I decided to pass on using tuna steak and used canned tuna instead. I was trying for a 15 minute meal. In hindsight, I should have just gone for the tuna steak. Next year, I will definitely opt for the tuna steak.

Banana Cream Cheese Baked Oatmeal. This was supposed to really good. I mean Banana Cream Cheese Baked Oatmel. How is that not a good thing. It was not. In theory, it should be, so I will be giving this a go in the new year. Just gotta try it one more time.

Banana Cream Cheese Baked Oatmeal. This was supposed to really good. I mean Banana Cream Cheese Baked Oatmel. How is that not a good thing. It was not. In theory, it should be, so I will be giving this a go in the new year. Just gotta try it one more time.

So a bit different, right ? Some of these recipes have been tweaked (and perfected), so you will be seeing it on the blog in the next year.