Pumpkin Soup Fail

>> Monday, October 15, 2012

In my many years cooking, I have made and created some incredible recipes. Many of these foods and entire meals become favorites that I return to time and time again. On the flip side, I have also made some pretty terrible concoctions.

Take this pumpkin soup, for example.

We knew it was bad while it was still simmering on the stove yesterday afternoon. Not only that, it also seemed to be a black hole for all flavors. Each and every thing we added either didn't make a difference or made it worse. (And in the case of curry powder, far, FAR worse.)

Honestly, I don't know what happened. I followed a recipe, which I won't share here for obvious reasons. I hate wasting food, so I bottled it up and put it in the fridge for safekeeping. Stephen would eat it, I thought. Stephen eats pretty much anything.

Well. Stephen just got home a moment ago. Upon entering the house, he said: "That soup? I drank it for lunch because I needed calories. That was all it was good for. It was soooooo gross."

Now we're in a spat because -- though the recipe wasn't mine and I wholeheartedly agree the soup was terrible, possibly the WORST -- my feelings are hurt. I know it's ridiculous to get angry. Still, I am the one who made it, so it's my fault. My failure. And he is completely and passionately disgusted.

Plus, he went on and on and on about it!

I don't have a soup recipe of my own to offer you today, but I am making this Roasted Corn, Pepper, and Tomato Chowder (just use veggie broth in place of chicken AND I added a nice 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne for heat) as I write this post.  It's not done yet, but it already tastes delicious.


Have you made any recipe fails lately? And even if you knew what you made was awful, when others have commented on it -- have you felt upset? It's silly to fight about food. Time to go make up! I'm thinking grilled cheese might do the trick.

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