Its my second post in my blogging bloopers series!! Luckily I had been having relatively good luck in the kitchen and hadn’t had too many big blunders…or at least nothing that was funny, bad, or embarrassing enough to share. Then two things happened. Before you read ahead, you have to promise that you’re laughing WITH me and not at me. Promise?? Okay, here it goes. I do this series to humble myself and to show everyone, although I love to post beautiful photos of delicious looking food, I’m still human and I do dumb things, and make ugly food too. It wouldn’t be fair to show one without the other. 😉
So a few months ago Ryan and I were talking about food, as we often do. He said something in passing about egg rolls being really good and how I should try making them. We both probably forgot about this until I was meal planning last Friday, and I remembered and thought I’d try to make them to surprise Ryan. Something to know about me, I grew up eating traditional southern/American type food and not much of anything ethnic at all. I’ve just recently (like in the past 2-3 years) started eating and cooking more asian/ethnic type meals and so I’m pretty uneducated when it comes to terms of this type of cuisine..Haha
So when I went to the store I had the hardest time finding the wrappers for the egg rolls. I was looking for something that said “egg roll wrappers” or “wonton wrappers” or something that looked similar to those but had zero luck. Do normal stores even carry these?? I’m convinced that they don’t. I passed the filo dough and puff pastry and thought it should be around there, but nope. So I went all the way to the other side of the store where they sell the ethnic food and finally found this little package that said “Spring Rolls Skin”. Spring rolls are the same as egg rolls, just with different filling, right? Apparently not..I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a spring roll. Anyways, the little picture on the front had this clear looking thing with shrimp, and then a picture of what looked like an egg roll. Perfect! I bought it.
I got around to making the egg rolls on Saturday night. I had the filling all done and it was time to wrap them up and bake them. When I took them out I initially thought I was holding a piece of plastic used to keep the pastry sheets in or something. Nope.. That piece of plastic was the actual wrapper. Except that it obviously wasn’t plastic, its made of rice and some other things. I showed Ryan and he thought it was the funniest thing that I thought I had bought egg roll wrappers when I had in fact bought spring roll skins.. Well I proceeded to wrap them with this stuff anyway which turned out really interesting. I will say that they still tasted okay…the filling was delicious! Shredded cabbage, carrots, and onion, sautéed with soy sauce, ginger, garlic and ground pork. They definitely needed that crispy coating though instead of rubbery tasteless “skin”. It actually looked like skin. Gross. I was so bummed. Once I wrapped them I told Ryan they looked like an animal stomach with food in it. (Haha super appetizing.) So from this I learned what spring rolls are, how to wrap things with spring rolls, and how to make egg roll filling. I still need to find out where to buy those dumb wrappers though! Someone please tell me where I can buy those! 🙂
I’m sorry you had to see that. So hideous.
Okay second thing- I unfortunately don’t have photos of this one. I got a mandoline slicer for Christmas and was SO excited to make waffle fries. If you read my first blogging bloopers, you’ll hear all about my struggles trying to cook things properly in our camper oven. (We live in our fifth wheel camper while we save our money to buy our first house!) Baking fries in the camper oven is especially tough and takes a super long time, so to save time and make them crispier, it often helps to boil the cut potatoes a little to get rid of a lot of the starch, and get the potatoes partially cooked, so their time in the oven is faster. They seem crispier this way too. As long as you don’t overcook them in the water..So I cut my waffle fries and they looked so cute. I also managed to cut a hunk of my thumb off… (Use the guard no matter how careful you think you are!) Cutting myself made me loose a lot of time and made me super distracted running around trying to clean it and find bandaids. I boiled the waffle fries a little too long in the process.. I didn’t think it was too bad until after I put them in the oven to finish cooking and realized they were in a million pieces..So after baking them and getting half of them crispy, I decided they were way too broken up and made them into mashed potatoes. They definitely needed to be smashed up with butter and cream. They were actually super good this way with the little golden brown bits that had crisped up mashed in there. It added a whole new flavor. When you have a kitchen mishap, just turn it into something else! I’m still going to attempt waffle fries again soon. Hopefully they go over better next time!
Have you had any hilarious or embarrassing mishaps in blogging, cooking, or general life? Let me know in the comments so I’ll know I’m not alone. 😉