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Have You Ever Regretted Making a Recipe?

Last Wednesday, when I was making the food for an Apples to Apples theme party, I couldn't help but ask myself, "Whose stupid idea was it to plan an entire menu of apple dishes?" The idea was mine, of course. It was a great idea in theory, but I didn't realize that I would have to peel, slice, core, and chop 18 apples. It took me an hour and it was the first time I seriously regretted making a certain recipe. Has this ever happened to you?

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GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
When I made kale soup cooked with wine. Unspeakably awful.
rainydaybleus rainydaybleus 6 years
Just the other day I made Pad Thai for the first time using a recipe I found off of the net. It was terrible. My BF and I just ate a couple of bites each and decided it was time for dessert.
danaruth danaruth 6 years
I think regret is a strong word to use, especially for cooking. I guess the only time I'd regret making a recipe would be if it made someone sick! Thankfully that's never happened. :) There are plenty of things I've made that I won't make again, because either they turned out poorly or were way too much trouble. (Falafel comes to mind - that was a horrible culinary event!) But you won't know until you attempt it, so you either make something you like and will make again, or you make something you don't like or decide not to make again. Regret doesn't enter into the equation for me - it's all about trial and error (and success!)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
Oh, yes. This happens to me all the time! There are so many bad, bad, bad recipes out there.
Joan-Teitelman Joan-Teitelman 6 years
You're kidding, of course. I just love when you follow directions and ingredients - exactly - as these "superchefs" have laid out...and then it's mediocre. Time....money....and disappointed tastebuds = regret. Seriously! When the food network chefs (as an example) finish their dishes, taste them - and comment on how wonderful they are - they should really have an audience member doing the tasting and commenting. Guaranteed - there would be some adjustments made to recipes. The comments alone tell you how to tweek recipes. But - my gripe is...why aren't the chefs doing that before they post their recipes?
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I have never regretted spending a lot of time preparing anything, but I can't stand it when I make a recipe and it turns out to be so awful that no one wants to eat it.. it's ALWAYS a lot, and I hate throwing food out; so I usually add more stuff to make it better, which makes it end up with an even more awful taste, and even more awful food.
flavacrisp flavacrisp 6 years
onion rings. From now on, I leave the deep fried foods for only when I go out.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I decided to make General Tso's chicken for my husband because he thought it'd be better than takeout, but it wound up being a giant pain. I had to buy a bunch of random ingredients and spent about 2 hours prepping it and stuff. It turned out OK, but it was a LOT easier to just order it from the Chinese restaurant!
betty-kraker betty-kraker 6 years
yes lemon meringue pie from scratch that is the hardest pie ever to make but it sure pays off to see the the smile on his face and say awww for me i love you
pennylela pennylela 6 years
there was a recipe on yumsugar for smores in biscuits.... that went so completely wrong my friends and I couldn't even do proper damage control. it was an awful experience, and no food to show for it!
nylorac nylorac 6 years
yes, apple pie 2 thanksgivings ago. my bf and i included too many apples! and we realized we didn't have time to make the crust so we sprinkled shortening on it... so gross. this past thanksgiving we made everything by scratch except the pie, which we store-bought. cheating, i know, but hey, we didn't want to take any chances this time.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
Yum!! You need either 1) http://seattlebonvivant.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/apple_corer_slicer_1.JPG or 2) http://upload.ecvv.com/upload/Product/20088/China_apple_peeler_corer_slicer200881919582.jpg Anyway, the one recipe that I regret making had to do with apples as well. I made my own apple sauce. It wasn't good and 5 apples only made one serving of applesauce. It was such a waste of apples.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I once broiled a hotdog, as I had done many times before. (I like how this method makes the outside of the dog crisp.) Anywho, apparently a bit of grease splattered on to the heating element. In short, I started the hotdog, and the oven, on fire. I extinquished the mess myself, but called the fire department as a precaution, and ended up impressing a couple of local hosers with my amazing culinary skills.
syako syako 6 years
Totally. When I tried to make homemade pretzels it was my first time using yeast and it apparently didn't activate. We ended up feeding the "pretzels" to the birds. :( Also, anytime I cook with fish sauce (which is very very seldom) it stinks up the entire house for so long it's not even really worth it...
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
i often find myself agreeing to make elaborate cakes and other desserts, which i really do *love*, but something always goes awry and i wonder if it's really worth the time, effort and pricey ingredients...i'm just still bitter at the last request for a friend of a friend's party...no, i'm just not nice enough to volunteer 8 hours of my free time and $50 worth of fancy ingredients...obviously they didn't agree because there was no offer of reimbursement :P ...lesson learned
Food Food 6 years
Yes, whenever I find myself eating the leftovers of something more than twice.
Pepperfool Pepperfool 6 years
Salt Crusted Pork Roast with Juniper Berries and Black Pepper. The meat was incredibly moist, but you lose those beautiful pan drippings because of the salt crust, and the juniper flavor was overpowering, even after. Everyone else loved it, I could not stomach the smell let alone eat it. Here it is: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2009/12/roasted_salt_and_spice_packed_pork_loin
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I made pepper-salted squid at home and although it tasted awesome the smell of squid lingered for a couple DAYS. So no more frying squid in the house...unless I get an industrial kitchen fan.
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I made a Duck Soup with Soba Noodles once, which took around 5 - 6 hours to make (roasting the duck, making the stock, made the noodles fresh). After all was said and done, it was a tasty meal, but definitely not worth the time put into it. I'm not sure I regret it, but it's something I won't be jumping at again unless I alter the recipe to get more flavor in there.
starangel82 starangel82 6 years
Candied orange peels. I will never make those again.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
the first time i made risotto i thought i was reading the recipe wrong. That said, i didn't really regret it once it was ready!
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