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Feb 13, 2012 08:43 PM

When you fail at what you make

My soup didn't work out tonight and to make matters worse I burnt it. It wasn't expensive to make, but money is tight this month. I am actually a little down in the mouth and I am in no mood to go back into the kitchen to get rid of the soup or make tomorrow's lunch for work. I am just being overly sensitive over mucking up or do other people have these same feelings? I even lost my appetite.

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  1. Savor your failures. Because they will only make your success that much sweeter.

    1. I know how you feel. When I mess up a dish in some way, I often throw a fit. I swear at the food, at myself, at the ingredients, and generally lose it. After five or ten minutes, I come back to reality and try to complete the task at hand.

      1. Many years ago, my boyfriend and I had his parents for dinner; I made my version of beef stroganoff. While I was transferring it to the platter, the whole think dipped onto the floor, which was covered in straw matting. I very gently lifted the stroganoff back onto the platter, being careful not to scrape up the straw. They ate it and years later I look back on that with delight, since the two of us broke up because his parents treated me badly.

        1. Nah I understand the frustration. A few weeks ago I got up at 5 am to peel pearl onions, sear chicken, brown mushrooms, deglaze with red wine etc - all for crockpot coq au vin. Meant to wow my husband and convince him crockpot food CAN be good (he grew up on cream of mushroom soup-style cooking).
          Then I forgot to push the START button on the crockpot.

          4 Replies
              1. re: julesrules

                That is soooo funny! Just think: You'll remember this long after you would have forgotten the coq if it had turned out perfect.

                1. re: julesrules

                  Ooooh, that is sad. (Recipe? I am also skeptical of slow cooker recipes, though I've found a handful that work well enough...)

                2. Life's too short to get worked up over such trivial matters