Why You Should Taste Test Your Recipes

Do you always taste your cooking? Of course you do, and you should! Especially, if you are sharing said recipes for the public to try! Always taste test your recipes!!

This morning I tried a recipe for “Best Low Carb Chocolate Cookies” that were anything but! Now, in all fairness, we could have used different products, I slightly altered the recipe, and maybe she didn’t taste the end product to make sure they were palatable.

My results-looked better than they tasted

I did taste them however, and they were horrible! Even frosted, or iced, I don’t think these cookies were salvageable. I felt like it was an expensive waste of precious ingredients and I have to wonder if she even bothered to taste them herself.

Another admission is that this was my first time to try Swerve sweetener, I always use Pyure brand stevia for my baking. The internet is full of great recipes using Swerve, so I thought it must be all the rage. Maybe the amount called for just was too little.

The result was like eating chocolate flavored sand.

I found the recipe on Pinterest by Ditch the Carbs and from the get go, I thought 2 cups of almond flour would be excessive, so I only used one cup. I had read the reviews and many people were complaining they were too dry.

The results were skewed because the recommended time for cooking was too long, and the first 7 cookies burned, I tasted them anyway and they tasted like a dry popcorn fart.

The dough was plentiful, so I added 1/2 cup of coconut flour, mixed it in very well and cooked 7 more. (I also added a few Lilies chocolate chips to add some sweetness because they were so bitter.) The result? Like eating chocolate flavored sand!

So, at this point, I had dough with 1C almond flour and 1/2C coconut flour, still not the recommended 2C almond flour!

To the last bit of dough left I added 1 T more butter and there was no improvement at all. Dry, bitter, tasteless. I was so bummed. I kept them thinking that maybe I could use them as a crumbly topping for Keto pudding or ice cream. Ten it wouldn’t be a total loss.

Please, people, taste your recipes!! All I’m saying is, had I made them with the originally called for 2 Cups of almond flour, they would have been even drier!! I will go back to the drawing board with these, once I get over wasting so many expensive ingredients.

Check out the recipe for yourself, and let me know how they worked out for you. One other note here: I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa, Kerrygold butter, and Swerve granulated sweetener.

Next time I might try with the 2 cups of almond flour but add an extra egg, or some nut butter (or both), and definitely more sweetener! I’ll keep you posted! For the original recipe, click on the link here.

Day 83-Free Days-Walk, Bake and Showtime

Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square
Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square

This morning was finally the day for the PKD Walk, put on by the good folks in Southlake and was relatively well attended.  Nothing compared to the walks to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, and not as organized, but I was glad to be a part of it. My hubby walked with me, after the balloon release, which was emotional for me. It makes me feel bad that I could have and should have been doing more to raise awareness and money since my mom was first diagnosed. So, I was thinking of her as we released our balloon and her name was on my back as we walked. Not that many were there to see it-my hubby and I were way out in front of the pack the whole way, our pace being much quicker than most. Thanks again to everyone who donated to my “team”, even if that team turned out to be my hubby and me. I also put in my own private donations, although I would have done that online as well, I would have been able to designate part for myself and part as a pledge in my Mom’s name. She passed away two years ago from the disease. As far as I know, I’m the only one of her five children to be diagnosed as well. Anyway, I hope next years Walk is bigger and better, and that the contributions for research keep pouring in.

Later in the day, he took our son Chris to play golf as part of his birthday present. While they were gone, Becky and I secretly baked him a kickass Banana Pudding birthday cake and, just in case he smelled something cooking when he arrived back home, I made some Paleo chocolate chip cookies so he wouldn’t get suspicious. I got the recipe from http://Www.ambitiouskitchen.com and they are delicious.

My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies
My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies

After all the activity in the kitchen, I subjected Becky to my taped recording of the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake-she wasn’t impressed. Then again, she is so young, she barely remembers the original. We had fun laughing at it anyway. See, I DO remember the original and I appreciated the music of both versions. The soundtrack and of course Tim Curry (the original Frank-n-Furter) made the whole movie. So I was happy to hear all the songs again, even if they weren’t exactly the same renditions as the first. I though the remade Riff Raff was awesome and Victoria Justice was very good as Janet.

Credit:Fox
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: L-R: Reeve Carne, Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Christina Milian in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW coming this Fall to FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX

 

Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon

The new Dr Frank-n-Furter
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter

It was kinda like the creators of this one forgot the whole point, originally, it was so outrageous for a man to be playing a transvestite with over the top makeup-just not the same with a female playing a transgender role.  Although I must say, the acting and singing would have been fine had you never seen the original and had it to compare to.

All in all it was a very good day, and the night is yet young! I can’t wait to see if Becky chickens out on performing her birthday “rap” for Chris’s birthday! Stay tuned, results will be in tomorrow, on the patio 😉

 

 

 

Day 2-Lets Talk Food Week

So, for the rest of this week, I thought I’d post a few of my go-to recipes from my Pinterest page, Everything Paleo at Kim Smyth.

I love chocolate chip cookies, so when I get a craving, I turn to this version from Texanerin Baking which are gluten free,grain free, dairy free and vegan. Don’t let all that fool you though, these cookies are seriously delicious!

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Here is the recipe and thank you to Erin for providing it!

1 Cup blanched almond flour

1/4 Cup coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

6 Tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter, room temp (firm though not melted)

3/4 Cup coconut sugar

6 Tbsp natural almond butter (no sugar added)

1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract

1 Lg egg

1 1/4 Cups paleo friendly chocolate chips (I prefer dark) EnjoyLife makes the best!

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the fat and sugar at medium speed until well combined, about one minute.
  3. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla on medium speed and mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low until well incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in one cup of the chocolate chips. If you used coconut sugar, place bowl in the fridge for about one hour til firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat (my preference)
  5. Roll dough into balls and place 3″ apart the mash slightly with the palm of your hand (or the back of a spoon)
  6. Bake for 11-14 min. or until the surface of the center no longer appears wet.
  7. Let cool on the baking sheet. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for a week.

Go to my Pinterest page for complete recipe and all of her notes, I simplified things here.

Do note that this recipe will NOT work with peanut butter.

That’s it for today, come back tomorrow for another delicious recipe and maybe a story to go with! Join in the fun by suggesting and/or providing your own recipes. Comment below or shoot me an email, see you tomorrow on the patio!