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Dinner II: The Gallery of Regrettable Foods (Part 1)


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I usually delete and try to forget awful photo but sometimes one survive:

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the photo is orrible but the "filetto in crosta" was delicious: a pork filet filled with dried tomatoes (preserved in olive oil) and cocked inside a puff pastry crust.

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the photo is orrible but it was delicious: a pork filet filled with dried tomatoes (preserved in olive oil) and cocked inside a puff pastry crust.

:smile:

As they say, "you can not always tell a book by its cover". :wink:

:biggrin: Thank you for waking me up this morning. The coffee was not really doing the trick. :smile:

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This is a very funny tread :smile: I have been chortling and gfawing all morning whilst sitting at my office desk. I even managed a snigger which turned to some very loud snorts. Made my day.

Smell and taste are in fact but a single composite sense, whose laboratory is the mouth and its chimney the nose. - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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mizducky~

When making glass beads and not knowing when to say"enuf!', we call that 'gilding the turd' !!

:biggrin:

:laugh:

Well, y'all will be happy to know that, with all the support and encouragement you have given me here, my culinary "gilded turd" has succeeded in finding its way into the trash. Ahhhh, the feeling of liberation!

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mizducky~

When making glass beads and not knowing when to say"enuf!', we call that 'gilding the turd' !!

:biggrin:

:laugh:

Well, y'all will be happy to know that, with all the support and encouragement you have given me here, my culinary "gilded turd" has succeeded in finding its way into the trash. Ahhhh, the feeling of liberation!

HOORAY !!!!

:biggrin:

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Steak au poivre

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(Someone please tell me why it got tagged with this peculiar English-French label. Why not just Steak with Pepper, or peppersteak -- or (pardon my lack of French) Fillet Au Poivre, or Buef Au Poivre?) But uh, at any rate, I screwed this one up...

It's the simplest way you can make a good steak -- you don't need any uber super duper 50,000 BTU burning stoves to make a good steak.

1) Just crack some pepper corns, and pad them into the steaks, and pan-fry them in butter in a regular pan (NOT a non-stick) over medium/med-high heat, and let it rest in the oven on "warm" while you prep the sauce. With a regular pan (as opposed to nonstick), you'll get a few browned bits left that will provide great flavor for your sauce.

2) Put the steaks on a plate, covered with tinfoil, and leave them in the oven on "warm."

3) Whisk up the sticky bits in the pan with some beef stock, heavy cream (double cream) and some decent mustard, and let it reduce.

It makes for a fantastic steak. The sauce is amazing. You can use half beef stock and half cognac if you feel inclined and want to be really fancy -- and hey, this can be a fantastically fancy dish. I've done it several times before, and it was always great.

This time (when I finally got around to taking a picture of it), it looked bloody awful. I made two steaks, and ended up taking a picture of the plate with the least "steak-like shape" on it. Also, the asparagus look completely limp -- they weren't (I just left them on "warm" in the oven, and I guess the way I arranged them on the steak doesn't help much). But most of all, the sauce looks like it has the consistency of skimmed milk.

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I reported on my really yummy Bisteces Rancheros (from Braising with Molly) Here.

But, here is the photo:

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OK. so the quality of the photo, and the sheen doesn't help. But, this looked like one mighty unappealing dish. Peter and a couple of this buddies (they are all 9) took one look at it and tried to decide whether it looked like worms on top, dead fish that had gone bad.

Most braised meat dishes just don't photo well. At least at my house.

Susan Fahning aka "snowangel"
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I reported on my really yummy Bisteces Rancheros (from Braising with Molly) Here.

But, here is the photo:

gallery_6263_35_7618.jpg

OK.  so the quality of the photo, and the sheen doesn't help.  But, this looked like one mighty unappealing dish.  Peter and a couple of this buddies (they are all 9) took one look at it and tried to decide whether it looked like worms on top, dead fish that had gone bad.

Most braised meat dishes just don't photo well.  At least at my house.

Thank you, Susan. I am sure it was delicious.......

(ACK :wacko: ) (DEAD FISH)

I can't wait until my birhtday when I get my new digital camera ! Y'all are in for some eye-poppin' goodies ! :wink:

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For some reason I never looked into this thread before, and when I did, yegads. Dog barf everywhere! And then I thought "wait, don't I myself have a couple of pictures that are even more disgusting- looking?" And the answer is:

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That was an attempt to have very little pasta with lots of greens. Would it surprise you to know that I actually ate that stuff? And then there was the maitake frittata:

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The veggies look ok, but if mushrooms had brains, those maitakes would be them. Double Dog Barf. But delicious.

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here's one from last night,

I call this 'Blackened Turds on a Plate'

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it really was deep fried lotus root topped with seasoned fish paste and a sheet of nori (laver seaweed) and it was really good. :biggrin:

Kristin Wagner, aka "torakris"

 

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here's one from last night,

I call this 'Blackened Turds on a Plate'

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it really was deep fried lotus root topped with seasoned fish paste and a sheet of nori (laver seaweed) and it was really good. :biggrin:

I imagine knowing you are about to start a week long blog the next day must have been the reason. Get the train wrecks out of the way before it counts!

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Ah, it's been way too long since I did a butt. - Susan Fahning aka "snowangel"

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One summers evening drunk to hell, I sat there nearly lifeless…Warren

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I imagine knowing you are about to start a week long blog the next day must have been the reason. Get the train wrecks out of the way before it counts!

:raz:

let's hope none of these show up in my blog....

Kristin Wagner, aka "torakris"

 

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Dear god, you guys are making me laugh until I cry here in my cubicle.

Yow, those are some bad looking meals. I've got to remember to do this when I end up making something that looks awful.

Years ago before there were digital cameras, I made something called lentil stew. It looked like the product of something with very poor digestion, and I made my ex-husband go out under cover of darkness and bury it in the garden. There were no fences yet because we lived in a new subdivision, and I didn't want any of my neighbours to know what we were doing.

Too bad I don't have a pic of it, or maybe that's a good thing.

:raz:

I don't mind the rat race, but I'd like more cheese.

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you will never see a picture like this in the dinner thread...

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only in Kristin's blog :raz:

Tonight's menu..............Chick from a snuff film. :shock:

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Ah, it's been way too long since I did a butt. - Susan Fahning aka "snowangel"

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One summers evening drunk to hell, I sat there nearly lifeless…Warren

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Dear god, you guys are making me laugh until I cry here in my cubicle.

Yow, those are some bad looking meals.  I've got to remember to do this when I end up making something that looks awful.

Years ago before there were digital cameras, I made something called lentil stew.  It looked like the product of something with very poor digestion, and I made my ex-husband go out under cover of darkness and bury it in the garden.  There were no fences yet because we lived in a new subdivision, and I didn't want any of my neighbours to know what we were doing. 

Too bad I don't have a pic of it, or maybe that's a good thing. 

:raz:

Something I wish I had a photo of is a friend's mother's first attempt at bread. This was waaay back in the early years of her marriage, when the couple had little money. I don't know what went wrong with the bread dough, but it squatted sullenly in the bowl and refused to rise. The Mrs. finally despaired and, since they had little money and she didn't want to show the wasted food to her new husband, buried the evidence in the backyard.

Later that afternoon, hubby came home from work and walked in with a puzzled expression. "Honey," he said, "there's the biggest mushroom I've ever seen coming up in our yard. I swear it wasn't there this morning." They went to look together, and there was the blob of dough, finally rising from under the earth.

Nancy Smith, aka "Smithy"
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"There comes a time in every project when you have to shoot the engineer and start production." -- author unknown

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I can't believe I'm doing this...

This is actually a very tasty oxtail stew. My hand slipped when I was adding the red wine... hence the pinkish sheen.

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These are steamed wontons stuffed with oxtail, leeks, shrooms, and bleu cheese. They looked alright until I added the balsamic vinegar/stock reduction. It resulted in food porn, and not the good kind :raz:

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I'm ashamed... so ashamed...

Anna

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"I brought you a tuna sandwich. They say it's brain food. I guess because there's so much dolphin in it, and you know how smart they are." -- Marge Simpson

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