A Contribution To Knowledge

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 2, 2010

One of the biggest debates I have regarding my blog content is whether or not to post about

recipe flops.

Tonight, I had such a flop. I walked into the kitchen without a recipe and said I was going to create a recipe out of the blue and it would be magnificent. The most magnificent little recipe I have ever concocted. Yes, I tend to suffer from delusions of grandeur in the kitchen at times…

I debated posting about said flop and then I realized I had nothing else to blog about. :mrgreen:

Dilemma solved!

I also remembered something a crazy wise psychology professor once told me.

[Speaking in my old, wise professor voice]:

‘Miss Angela, everything contributes to knowledge in some way, shape, or form. Even the studies that don’t ‘work’ like you predict contribute to knowledge.’

I came across this and had some horrible memories:

“The distinguishing mark of graduate research is an original contribution to knowledge. The thesis is a formal document whose sole purpose is to prove that you have made an original contribution to knowledge. Failure to prove that you have made such a contribution generally leads to failure.” <—no pressure though! lol


So yes, even though my recipe tonight was a flop, I now know what not to replicate in the future- or better yet- how to tweak this recipe and iron out the kinks!

All seemed to start well. Chia seeds, onion, sweet potato, spinach. A good foundation, no?


I guess I should probably tell you what I was intending to make.

I wanted to make the In A Jiffy Spelt Veggie Burgers. The only catch was I was too lazy to go get the recipe off my computer. [Whoever said it was a good idea to run 5 miles before baking on my feet all day was wrong…wait, that was my idea.]

I decided to save myself the troubling walk and to just ‘wing it’, creating a brand new recipe.

Sounds fun, right?

I used the following:

  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 small sweet potato, processed (or grated)
  • 1 handful organic spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 onion, chopped
  • 3 T Sunflower seeds
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Paprika, salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Whole Grain Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 avocado

Into a big bowl and then mix with your hands.


At this stage, I thought to myself oh this is going to be good. I jinxed myself, clearly.


Oops, I forgot I also added half an avocado! Good thing I took pictures to document.


Despite widespread panic over the weekend, I was able to ripen my rock hard avocados on the windowsill. [In desperate times, I also place bananas on the windowsill too!]

The true test of a homemade veggie burger is usually how well the patties form. These formed fairly well, so I thought I hit the jackpot. My work here is complete.


I made 5 patties and 5 BALLS.


After 20 minutes of cooking at 375F, I flipped them. This is when I realized that something was wrong…very, very wrong.


The patties cracked and split and generally looked like they were going to explode!

These pictures actually don’t do the flop justice. The burgers wouldn’t even hold together and just crumbled in my hand! I should have taken a picture of the crumbles. ;)


With my upper lip quivering, I said, ‘Nothing 20 more minutes in the oven won’t fix.’

But, I knew in my heart they could not be saved.

The middle was mushy. I blame that on too much moisture due to the 1/4 cup of water. The chopped onions also prevented the patty from holding together. Next time I would eliminate the onions and take out the water (anyone want to give it a go? haha)


The upside? They tasted ok. The only thing I didn’t like about them (aside from them falling apart) was the onion. The onion flavour did not pair well with the avocado and sweet potato! Should have thought that one through…

The BALLS held together very well, although they were still mushy on the inside.

I had three patties, one on a piece of toasted Ezekiel bread with hummus and t-paste.

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My second flop contribution of knowledge was what I like to call BLAH, BLAH, BLAH (you know the song by Ke$ha??). That is what I was singing when I tasted this.


I boiled some cabbage, drained it, and then put some EVOO + balsamic vinaigrette on it. It was so utterly blah, I had to laugh. My poor husband. Eric would not touch this with a ten foot pole and I don’t blame him.

I tried to redeem my Goddess of the Kitchen status to Eric by making a spin-off of the delicious Choco-cado Pudding. My goal here was to make a lighter version without chocolate (I know many of you gave up chocolate for lent and were sad when you couldn’t make it.)


Refreshing Peppermint Pudding

[Adapted from Gina’s Choco-cado Pudding]

  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark agave nectar

Directions: Process all ingredients together and serve. This makes about 2 small servings.


It was different, but very creamy and refreshing! Next time I might add a bit more water to thin it out a little. The cashew butter and avocado went surprisingly well together.


Good times! :)


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Naomi (onefitfoodie) March 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm

ahhh the flop of a recipe…I can make a whole post dedicated to my baking flops…when it comes to baking I am just not the best. By this I mean cakes and complicated things…breads and cookies and muffins, Im ok with that but when it gets a bit compluicated and there is sifting involved…I better get out of the way!

those patties look delicious despite they werent the best thing you have made!

I bet you are all GLObar’ed out!!! :)


Sara Mae March 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Yay! you are on Fitsugar.com today!


Allison @ Food For Healing March 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Definitely learn from Trial and Error sometimes! But pretty silly that you just decided to wing it! haha but i guess with how much success you normally had you weren’t worried about it!

**March is Endometriosis Awareness Month (on my blog) Don’t let this disease go unrecognized **


Laura H. March 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I had a similar flop the other night when I improved a veggie/bean burger recipe. I ended up with the same falling apart, mushy mess. :-) You’d have to find a way to “veganize” it, but I’ve crumbled a patty and cooked it in with scrambled eggs and it was tastey and an easy way to add veggies to breakfast. I also put one on bread with cheese and made it grilled cheese style (a good smoosh with the spatula after flipping helped make it a little more solid).


Becky @ flybynyght March 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Peppermint pudding – sounds absolutely yum!

Blogger meetup? I wish I could meet some other (real-life!) bloggers; I’ll actually be oh so close (compared to being in Windsor!), I’ll be in Burlington running the Chilly Half – my very first!


christina cadden March 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Awe, it looks good though!


Lindsay March 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Great idea! I think you’re right about leaving out the water. Next time, I suggest cutting up the onion smaller and using a better binding agent, perhaps pre-cook and mash the sweet potato and add a little olive oil in place of the water.


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