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Recipe Risk

November 3, 2009

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Jane Manaster shares her take on  . . .

risky recipes

Selecting a recipe online is such a temptation and such a gamble.   Even experienced cooks eager to try something new can be lured into making bad mistakes. My latest failure was bran and raisin muffins.  I trawled one site after another, rejecting the recipe ones that could live in the refrigerator for six weeks (perish the thought!) and the ones that demanded a whole packet of bran cereal. I didn’t want ingredients that stipulated fat-free, sugar-free, and egg-free as I always reckon too much ‘free’ ends up being taste-free as well.

At last I found the seemingly perfect one. Yes, I had raisins and molasses and all the basics. The recipe omitted to mention allowing the cereal to soften for a few minutes in the milk. I knew I should have trusted myself rather than the printed word. But I didn’t. The poor little muffins didn’t proudly rise in their paper cups.  They just sat there looking singularly unappealing, like poorly mixed cornflakes-and-chocolate-crisps; They tasted just as I imagine sweetened doggie treats would taste. Woof!

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Comments (2)

  • December 7, 2009 by Kim


    I remember some of jane’s other failures too…I think there was an avacado pudding in there somewhere, as well as a disgusting meatloaf with a mustard and mayo topping, and I never did like that chocolate cake that was supposed to be extra moist due to the Miracle Whip in it (Miracle Whip is evil, evil stuff…)

  • December 8, 2009 by cookerycontent


    That reminds me of the time I worked foolishly to prepare an asparagus tempura served with a mayo sauce. My kids wouldn’t touch it.

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