Monday, February 21, 2011

Failure to Launch: Southern Style Cornish Pasties

It took a conversation with a co-worker, lots of bad music, two cut fingers and an awful rendition of Cornish Pasties for me to finally start a Failure to Launch segment of the blog. Named for the albatross of a movie starring Zooey Deschanel, Mathew McConaughey and ol' whatshername this is to highlight some of the cooking endeavors I've embarked on that have not had pleasant outcomes. It is a necessary part of write.click.cook.listen because often times people read food blogs and think that everything the blogger does tastes great (it can be an intimidating thing). I'm here to tell you that in fact, there are quite a few failures before things work out.

Specimen number one is the Cornish Pasty that was based on a Vegetarian Times recipe. I rolled the dough (even went so far as to use a rolling pin for like the first time ever) and it still came out of the oven too doughy. The innards were too skimpy and the barbeque sauce (that I replaced the mustard with) was hardly recognizable. Even the extra barbeque sauce that I slathered on top couldn't save this sinking ship.

Remember 311? Sure you do, they still tour and allow people to wax nostalgic on what used to be. They had always been one of those borderline fail bands for me (although I did own a t-shirt of theirs once). When they covered the Cure's "Love Song" for the 50 First Dates soundtrack, that pushed them over the edge. The cover was the worst of the worse. It lacked any sort of defining moment and felt like a band running through the motions to cash a check. Yes the cover went to number one on the charts, but that is more of a testament to the original song than it is to 311's input into it. You want someone who can cover the Cure, try Brother Inferior.