Writing a blog for me is just a hobby. Something to keep my active mind busy in retirement and to encourage my hobbies of cooking, gardening and photography but … those who know me know that I am a little bit intense and a wee bit obsessive.
I do worry when more than a few days have passed and I have nothing about which to write a post. I regularly check out my cookbooks and magazines for something new to make. I photograph everything I make, just in case it’s a winner.
But some days, I just can’t be bothered. Some days, we have leftovers and some days the meal is not something to write
home a post about.
When a meal tastes great, I just hope there is one photo from those I took that is good enough for a lead photo. Curries are a blogger’s nightmare. They invariably taste great but are bloody hard to photograph. Worse still is a fab photo and an ever-so-disappointing meal. You can always do a post with a not-so-good photo but a great photo and a not-so-good recipe is another thing altogether.
I do not know what I was thinking when I decided to try a recipe for Thai Fish Cakes that had Arborio rice, cheddar and parmesan cheese in them. In my defence, I don’t think I got as far as the parmesan cheese. I saw the Arborio rice and thought, “Why not, rice is rice”, but ⅔ cup of tasty cheddar and freshly grated parmesan is just ridiculous when combined with coconut cream, lemongrass, sweet chilli sauce, etc. I just want to know where the chef went to school?
And then there was the Golden Cheese and Ham Puff. I have guests coming to lunch on Friday and I was trying to decide what to make them. I remembered making this dish years ago and someone, somewhere, being very impressed with my prowess so I went searching through my cookbooks to locate the recipe. Eventually, I found it (with the help of Eat Your Books) but then I had this nagging feeling that I had made it a second time and it wasn’t quite so impressive. I decided against making it for my guests. I thought I would try it out (after so many years) on Maus and me. Let’s just say that I am glad I did. My friends will be getting a tried and true recipe instead.
And then there was Jamie Oliver’s Mighty Meaty Stifado. Nothing wrong with the photo here and it sure tasted good but then I realised I have already posted a Stifado recipe and it is not a particularly popular post. Clearly, my readers are not in need of another stifado recipe.
And then there was my success at tempering milk chocolate. Photo OK, taste good, (bloody good, really) but how many times can I tell you I am a smarty pantz because I can now temper chocolate? Not too often, I think …. that was the end of that prospective post.
So, alas, I have nothing to write about and it is irking me a wee bit. But don’t worry, the tried and true recipe we are making for our friends later in the week may prove a worthwhile subject. I will endeavour to get a good photo. In the mean time, have a good week.