Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It Was All Just A Very Bad Idea...

I'm back with yet another Cooking Catastrophe.  I have many.  It's why people love me.  Er, or not. Perhaps it is the reason why my children cringe when I enter the kitchen.  I jest.  But not really.   I actually overheard Sleeping Beauty asking Cinderella the other night, "I wonder what gross thing Mommy made for dinner tonight?"  It doesn't hurt my feelings and I do laugh about it.  I am learning new things every day and am doing better than anyone thought I would in the kitchen.  But, there are still stories I have to share - just for a laugh and I hope you do enjoy.  We laugh about this particular dish A LOT.   Anyway, this recipe is a what I call a Hall of Famer.  A Hall of Famer Recipe in my kitchen is not a good thing.  It means it went straight from the oven, stove or slow cooker to the trash can.  Do not pass go, do not stop at the kitchen table and serve it to my family.  

Meet what I call "I Would Rather Die Than Eat It Maple Dijon Chicken with Sweet Potatoes."  We didn't eat it.  I couldn't even entertain the idea.  Hindsight is almost always 20/20 and still I cannot believe I did not see the disaster that this would become.

The word "Dijon" made me think of "Pardon me, do you have any Grey 
Poupon?"  It was all very posh.  Very now.

And as my husband says, "Uneatable." 

The food I wasted:
-3/4 pounds chicken breasts
-1 onion chopped
-3 chopped up garlic cloves
-3 Tbs maple syrup
- 2 Tbs dijon mustard
- 1 tsp thyme
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped
-1 c. chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves

The steps I took make it horrid:
I put the chicken, onion, garlic, Dijon mustard and maple syrup in the slower cooker and stirred it all up.  Then I put the sweet potatoes on top and poured on the broth and topped it with the bay leaves. I cooked it for 6 hours on low.

...And then I threw it away.

Again, I should have seen this one coming...It was all too reminiscent of the "Friends" episode where Rachel makes a trifle with meat, jam, custard and lady fingers, etc.  Joey eats it and says, "What's not to like? Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!"

Maple syrup and dijon mustard and an onion?  Bad, bad, bad! 

People, none that live here mind you, seem to like it.  I have seen similar recipes all over the web.  It just all went very wrong.  The onion was overbearing.  The Dijon and the maple syrup were just weird.  BLUH!

For lack of a better word, it was BOOOOOOOO!

When my husband went back to work the next day and told coworkers about it a lady said, "Those ingredients do not go together!!"  I wish I had realized that before I wasted all of that food!  It was NOT something we wanted to eat.  Ever.


  1. Okay, I actually think it sounds good, with a few minor changes. This is how I prepared it...I switched maple and dijon for deli mustard and brown sugar. I also added less than half an onion. Ken just smelled it and said it smells good too. SO, we'll see tonight and I'll let you know.

    If it doesn't, I'll add it to my recipe link as a DO NOT EAT. haha

    I agree with you that the maple/dijon does sound like an odd combo.

  2. I hate cooking mishaps. They really upset me. Laughing.

  3. So glad to know I'm not alone in the kitchen! Only in my house, we refer to it as a "Domestic Pretender" episode!


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