2018 Recipe Fails

It’s that time of year! There’s only a few days left of 2018, which means it’s time to wrap a few things up. Let’s start with my 2018 recipe fails.

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Obviously, when it comes to recipes, I only share the best photos and the best version of my recipes. Except if you follow me on Instagram. Lol. Then you get to see my mistakes as I make them in the kitchen. You may have seen that earlier this year I melted a spatula trying to make green onion pancakes. And that, just a few weeks ago, I forgot the bacon in the oven, baked them to crispy chips, and set off the smoke detector. The day before Thanksgiving.

Yeah…. It doesn’t always work out as planned in the kitchen. Lol.

And that’s okay because it happens all the time. It’s not always perfect. And you just have to try again. Except the green onion pancakes. I haven’t touched that since….

I’ve documented a good number of recipe fails and disasters to share with you. I hope you’ll enjoy it. And I’ve linked to all of the previous years’ recipe fails and disasters too for your enjoyment. <3

2014 Recipe Fails

2015 Recipe Fails

2016 Recipe Fails

2017 Recipe Fails

Earlier this year, I made homemade bagels. And for some reason, I thought I could the dough for the bagel could be perfect as pizza crust. It was NOT. Way too tangy. Texture was off. Don’t do it.

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Then came the infamous green onion pancake. First, the batter got stuck to everything. And I mean everything. It was a pain to remove from the counter. It got stuck to my rolling pin. It would not cooperate. Worse of all? It ruined one of my favorite spatulas. Like my spatula melted. Those black spots on the green onion pancakes? It’s not burnt. It’s the spatula. Not edible.

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Next came the matcha Dutch baby pancakes. They’re supposed to be light and airy. These were definitely not. It was so dense that it fell with a thump when I dropped it back into the cast iron skillet.

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I tried to make peanut butter and jelly loaf bread with blackberry jam. While the result was delicious. It didn’t look appetizing. In photos and in real life, the blackberry jam looked burnt and black.

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

Then came the spam musubi. I had amazing spam musubi when I was at the night market over the summer. So I wanted to make some on my own. By the end, I gave up. The rice did not stick together. But stuck all over my fingers….

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I tried to make bacon cheddar biscuits in a cast iron skillet and something went wrong….

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I burnt bacon to a crisp and set off the smoke detector the day before Thanksgiving….

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

I made pear ginger loaf bread and even though it tastes amazing…. The pear looked a little weird in photos. It’s soo white.

2018 Recipe Fails | Cooking with a Wallflower

There were plenty of other mistakes in the kitchen. But I don’t always remember to take photos. Hope you enjoyed these behind the scene stories!

9 comments

  1. Cameron Farmer says:

    I do follow you on IG and I try to post snack deals that are healthy and delicious, along with reviews of places I go to for meals. Then I also add my acting/film work, too. A lot of people like my food deals posts and are patient for the next item. My latest snack acquisition was a red pepper hummus in a 2 pound container for 47 cents at Grocery Outlet.

  2. c_in_b says:

    Where did the year go? It seems like just a month or two since I read the wallflower fails post from 2017. I like the pear ginger loaf: Delicious but looks weird just like about everything I cook. Thanks for the delightful reminder that I have to get ready for 2019. Cheers and many adventures in the coming year.

  3. Vanessa says:

    I love recipe fails! I sometimes think those are more fun and entertaining than successful recipes. And I have to say that yours actually do not look bad, other than the spatula sticking to the green onion pancakes. 😁

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