Curry Dud In A Flurry

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 12, 2010

Thanks for your encouragement about the TRY-A-TRI!

I don’t know what has gotten into my husband, but I agree with you guys- he is on FIYA! Eric says thank you for all of your nice comments about his Coke Kick and decision to do a Triathlon. Next thing you know he’ll be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro blind-folded on a pogo stick! bahaha.

Today was a busy day in the bakery. I cranked out my orders, made some business calls, shipping, and did more Gluten-Free & Raw Glo Bar testing + nutritional calculations. I am zonked. I honestly thought it was Wednesday today and then I realized it was Monday. Not a good sign! ;)

Dinner was to be quite honest…pretty lame. My goal was to make Coconut curry quinoa with my leftover quinoa and I was way too heavy handed on the curry. I tried to make it taste better by adding some hummus (what can’t hummus fix!?), but it still was just blah…

Then I uploaded the pictures and realized it looks about as good as it tasted…


Ick. It almost looks GREEN! And not the good kind of green

I’m not giving the recipe because I don’t want you making this…trust me on this one. ;)

With carrots…


and Mary’s Crackers.


Onward and upward tomorrow!

Because I was in such a flurry today, I don’t have any exercise to report, but I do have a wonderful Health News Round Up to share with you tonight…

Health News Round Up


Tonight’s question- How often do you have cooking/baking duds in the kitchen?

I tend to have usually 1-2 duds per week. This is usually from throwing a bunch of things into a pot and hoping for the best (as I did tonight). I am also notorious for burning my sweet potato fries to a crisp. When I tell Eric I am making sweet potato fries for dinner, he always says ‘uh oh’ and laughs. :( I’m cursed!


I’m off to learn more about Dwight and hopefully hit the hay early as I am zonked. Night!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I usually have one dud every two weeks or so. I’m lucky because my boyfriend is a chef and he’s taught me well about flavor combos, but sometimes I still mess up big time.


Allison @ Food For Healing April 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm

LOL thats funny “uh oh” maybe you just need to relax in from of the oven and watch them so you don’t burn them haha you’ve got too much other things going on.


Danielle (Coffee Run) April 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Ahh do you set the timer for the fries?? haha
I live at a higher elevation so I usually cut 10 minutes off cooking time…maybe that could be it? I usually have 1-2 duds a week as well!

Yes, I expect Eric to be the next Brendan Brazier ;)


Jil April 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I always set a timer for my sweet potato fries – I’ve burned them to a crisp/almost set my house on fire too many times. haha They go from not quite there to burned so quickly!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm

haha yes I have had a few lately :) I made a homemade caesar dressing the other day and the first batch was DISGUSTING! I had to throw it out and run to the shops for more ingredients….so frustrating!


Cynthia (It All Changes) April 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I have about 1 dud a week but I’m not too ambitious with my cooking. I use recipes most times.


Jenny April 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I read your tweet aabout this post- so not true!


Jaclyn April 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I love the idea that you were going for with the quinoa – hopefully it works out better next time! I always have a hard time with sweet potato fries too…I can never get them crispy enough without burning them, so they usually stay soft. Oh well!


[email protected] April 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Oh you just made my day…my sweet potato fries always seem to come out like that and I was feeling like a tater fry failure!!

Glad to see I am in great company and just making an occasional dud. Of course I kind of like them crispy myself. Okay, maybe not that crispy!

Congrats on Eric’s turn towards the light and to you too…it should be so much fun for you guys to do the training and the tri together!


Meg April 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I hate it when my sweeties get burnt :(
I usually have a couple duds a week…tonights dinner was deifnitely a dud – ugh I’m so glad it’s over haha…i mixed so many things into a big salad, and bleh…some of the tastes just weren’t happening together – ie: cabbage and pumpkin puree…awful awful awful!

Thanks for including me in your round up! That dinner was far from being a dud!!!


Jolene April 12, 2010 at 10:51 pm

LOL – nice fries!!

The hubby is in charge of making the sweet potato fries in our house … I would probably burn them like you!


Heather April 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

At least once or twice a week I have a recipe mishap! It is discouraging sometimes, but I also enjoy the challenge of making it better next time :) I climbed part of Mt Kilimanjaro (just an 8 hour day hike) and here is what I learned: I am not a mountain climber!! haha


Heather April 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Although I definitely didn’t climb it blindfolded OR on a pogo-stick ;)


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

i’d say a true dud (as in something completely ruined) probably once a month or so. i get a great idea and then ruin it in my excitement! there are a lot of times though where i just get disappointed because something didn’t turn out exactly how i wanted…c’est la vie, right?!


Kelsey April 12, 2010 at 11:39 pm

omg i made sweet potato wedges last week and burnt them too!!! :(:( it was so sad..


Jennifer April 12, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Hahahaha I couldn’t help but laugh at Eric’s reaction to you cooking sweet potato chips. I always burn toast – don’t ask how I just do :)

I was on fitsugar during my lunch break and noticed that you where mentioned


One Healthy Apple April 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I have a flop about once or twice a week. I decided I wanted to make french toast with tortillas instead of bread. Um- fail!


Diana April 13, 2010 at 2:17 am

I don’t cook or bake very often but I’ve had a few disasters in the kitchen!


Aoife - Adventures in Veg April 13, 2010 at 5:09 am

Hee I can totally relate, I have regular disasters in the kitchen! I made a sesame noodle meal for my mum recently for a column I write, and cos I’d just started writing the food column I was all excited to show her that veggie food can be delicious….and it was probably the worst version of it I’ve ever cooked!! :( The poor thing probably went and had another dinner after! Anytime I try to impress friends or family something goes wrong!

Oh also another time I tried to make gluten-free cookies and they were rock hard balls of flour!

Oh also I set the kitchen on fire once – I left the glass lid of a pot on the hob…and left the hob on!! Bad idea…

Good luck with your Try-A-Tri!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 13, 2010 at 5:36 am

I also usually have 1-2 duds a week. I do take pictures because it is funny! Many times I burn the sweet potato fries, to!


Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 13, 2010 at 5:37 am

I feel bad…I suggested curry on twitter :(



Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

Dont feel bad it wasnt your fault silly…I practically dumped three times the amount of curry I should have ;)


Jackie April 13, 2010 at 5:56 am

LOL… your sweet potatoe fries look like mine.


Therese April 13, 2010 at 6:11 am

Ha! I’m cursed with sweet potato fries as well!!! I think it’s a broiler issue but I’ve never cooked them and NOT burned them!!!

And I remember one morning waking up thinking it was Saturday and it turned out to be just TUESDAY!!! Worst day I tell ya…

Too bad on the curry but at least you know for next time!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 13, 2010 at 6:52 am

Ugh, I have cooking duds all the time. More than I’d like to admit. At least I’m not alone. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only incompetent one in the kitchen. Good to know I’m in good company!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 13, 2010 at 7:11 am

I do have cooking duds- usually more cooking than baking, which I hope is a good sign because I really want to be a baker!! ;) I tend to forget about something on the stove when I am doing something else… and then it burns =( lol



Life Lite April 13, 2010 at 7:20 am

I always seem to have a dud when I have guests over and I get brave and want to fix some exotic something wonderful to impress them. It’s almost a guaranteed fail and I never learn my lesson.


nut April 13, 2010 at 7:21 am

I bet even a poor dish by your standards is still a pretty tasty thing!


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 13, 2010 at 7:22 am

I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro. Maybe not on a pogo stick though.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

Boooooo to kitchen fails. But they definitely happen to all of us :-)


Katie April 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

I’m fortunate that I only experience cooking dudes once every few months. Normally as a result of an untested recipe gotten off the web.

I congratulate Eric. I started by wanting to do something active. Started with aquafit thinking that if I were submersed in water no one would see how large and lumpy I was. It went from there to boot camps to running half marathons.


Daniel April 13, 2010 at 7:51 am

Lots of my meals end up as “duds” because I’m in a hurry to make something and it’s really irritating to have the dorm kitchen on the 3rd floor, live on the 4th floor, and constantly forget things. All in all there’s usually 1-2 per week but they’re not completely inedible – and my hummus can usually fix any meal. :D


Kady April 13, 2010 at 8:25 am


I am so excited you shared the recipe website I found in your Round Up!

I do burn things in the kitchen when I start trying to do too many things at once! But I am not very adventurous as far as creating my own concoctions, but am looking forward to trying some of those recipes in the website!

I wish my fiance would be more interested in running with me, but I am happy for the little steps he has made…I do get him do go to the gym with me once in a while, we might get bikes and start biking together, and I got him drinking GREEN MONSTERS! Ha


Christina April 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

I must have missed the Triathlon post. Go Eric! I’ve always wanted to do a Tri too but the swimming part always freaks me out. I’m gonna attempt to train this summer!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

I’ve definitely made some real duds before! I once accidentally added steak spice to a teriyaki stirfry and it was the worst thing I’ve ever tasted!


Jess @ MTL Veggie April 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

I’ll usually get a dud probably once a week- I like experimenting too much for my own good sometimes. My most recent dud (embarrassingly enough) were oatmeal cookies- pretty sure that one’s never been done before!
I like the concept of the Coconut Curry Quinoa- hope it works out for you next time :)


Julie April 13, 2010 at 8:48 am

I have one dud a months I think, even though I cook every day. I guess I’m just lucky…

Really liked your health roundup today!

Do you oil your sweet potato fries? I do, and then I keep them no higher than in the middle of the oven. That works… And of course I look at them every 5 minutes, trying not to do too many things at once :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

No I hadnt been oiling them…will try that!


Paige @ Running Around Normal April 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

Oh man those sweet potato fries are hilarious! In a cute way:)
Sorry about the dud. I have a couple duds a week, too. But at least you’re trying new things!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 13, 2010 at 9:03 am

Sweet potato fries are soooo easy to burn! I now swear by Kath’s Low and Slow method.. you should try it!

And thank you so so SO MUCH for the links!!!! The one about ways to overcome disappointments really inspired me. I had a stress fracture back in December and it isn’t healing properly. I’ve now been put on crutches, can’t work, can’t go to school, have been from doctor to doctor and so I understand the whole disappointment thing. But that article really helped me and inspired me, so thank you!


Laura Georgina April 13, 2010 at 9:04 am

ALL of my oven fries have a 50/50 chance of looking like yours! I am the Queen of Burn (or rather, of Slightly Golden Food, as we euphemistically call things). I’m also the world’s crankiest baker–I’m not fond of baking stuff (measuring and following directions are not my thing) and my oven is possessed so things come out burnt in patches and underdone in others. Yuck… Good thing I can live without sweets :-)


Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

Everyone has duds, I think that’s just part of being adventurous in the kitchen!


Lauren M. April 13, 2010 at 9:24 am

1. I ALWAYS burn my popcorn

2. The other night I made a nice, romantic italian dinner for my boyfriend. We each took one bite, stared for a moment in silence, started laughing, and then left for the local sushi place.

3. I made vegan overnight oats…but I added in some shredded CARROT. It’s amazing. Tastes like carrot cake with a spoonful of cashew butter on top. Ohhhhhhhhh yeah.


Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

Wow, those fries spent some time in the oven…teehee. I make a good spicy sweet potato fry recipe if you all are ever interested. My hubby loves them. As for duds, yea, I’ve had a few, the most recent being a pumpkin pie last Thanksgiving. I tried to create a really healthy version of it and it was just YUCK! I threw the entire thing away…I was so dissappointed because it was such a waste…guh….My biggest duds that used to happen on a regular basis were brown rice (which I now steam) and believe it or not, those sweet potato fries. I’ve made them so many times that I don’t burn them much anymore.

I have an off the wall question and I’m sure you’ve blogged about this in the past but since I’m new to your world, I hadn’t seen it. What kind of daily supplements do you take?

Have a super day!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010 at 10:08 am


Vit D + Calcium + Magnesium



Mel April 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

I’m not sure if you have time for reading more blogs, but I love reading this one by pro triathlete Bree Wee who lives in Hawaii. I thought it might be good inspiration for your training! She has such enthusiasm for her sport and life in general and sometimes there are some great veggie recipes thrown in (see 11 Jan 2010).


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

Great website thanks!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

ahhhhhhh I’m laughing so hard at the “blindfolded on a pogo stick” comment . . . too funny!

Funny enough I had already convinced my bf to go for a swim workout last night (which we haven’t done in like 3 years) when I was reading your try a tri post. And he was like oh okay if Angela and her husband are doing a tri that we can too. It might possibly be a ploy to get me to buy him a bike.


Erica April 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

Ha, I always burn my sweet potato fries! I just pretend that I like them crispy :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

I feel so much better knowing you have duds too. I have duds about 1-2x a week too, but I thought it was my newbie cooking skills


Erin April 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

Unrelated to this post, but…THANK YOU for introducing me to the Green Monster. I love them, and they make me feel so good!


Ruby April 13, 2010 at 10:55 am

awesome way to make sweet potato “fries”: cut the potato horizontally so that you make sweet potato medallions, coat pat with olive oil, place sweet potatoes on pan so that none over lap, sprinkle with cumin, garlic powder, salt and more olive oil, bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins or until brown.

hope this works out for you!


Lisa April 13, 2010 at 11:10 am

My most recent cooking fail was baked potatoes. Like two weeks ago I was making dinner and didn’t realize they took almost 2 hours to bake! I finally gave up and they weren’t quite done yet. Yuck!


Christine (The Raw Project) April 13, 2010 at 11:17 am

I get lots of duds or less-than-perfect experiments in the kitchen. :-P Sauces that are too runny or salty, dehydrator breads that fall apart and most recently a raw soup experiment that didn’t end well! It’s all part of the fun. :-)


Judy (Cookbook maven) April 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

I don’t have too many duds — but then I’m not working long hours like you — but boy, I have the same darn problem with sweet potato fries! What is it with those? Which reminds me I was actually going to make some for breakfast tomorrow (make them today, that is).

And I totally adore the darn things!


zoe April 13, 2010 at 11:32 am

even though you say it looks bad, the dish STILL looks good to me ;)! i tried your curry oats last night…AMAZING! thanks for turning me onto savory oats, they’re faaaaabulous and i would of never thought of the idea myself! as for the sweet potato fries…well, my roommate and i usually undercook them :)!


Nicole, RD April 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Poor sweet potato fries :( I don’t have duds too often, but that’s because I follow bloggie recipes :) Some are better than others, but not too many flops!


Jenn April 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

poor sweet potatos! I have burnt them myself!


Cara April 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I definitely have some duds, but try to use them as a learning experience. But it definitely bums me out. Plus the food i have to eat after is often, obviously dud tasting. heh.


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