Thursday, January 13, 2011
Day 4 And A Saved Baking Disaster!
We are now in day 4 of captivity. The sun is supposed to shine today, so most of this should melt off. I am officially out of oatmeal, apples and dishwashing detergent. Jay asked what are we going to do if we run out of food...I had to explain to him that his father is one that is prepared for the zombie apocalypse...this well never happen. Don't worry about my lack of oats, there are tons of gluten free that I plan to eat. We tend to stock up on those when they are on sale. I also have a supply of frozen fruits in the deep freeze so I have backup!

The boys did not even attempt to go outside yesterday. It was just gross out. Everything is half slush and half ice. We watched a lot of people try to leave the neighborhood yesterday. This is kind of sad since I am sure a lot of them just needed to get to work. I am so thankful that we have our power and that we work from home. Otherwise, we probably would have been in the same situation. I still question if school will be in tomorrow since it will be so cold tonight and refreeze anything that melts. We may venture to the store (which is 3 miles away) just to see how roads are in case I have to be making school runs tomorrow.

So, what to do when you are in the house and have new gluten free ingredients hanging out in the pantry?

Well you experiment of course. This started out innocently enough. I really wanted to make gluten free cinnamon rolls.

I had a good plan and while things looked like they were coming together...

disaster struck!

While I have a silpat (and I will use it next time), I used wax paper as my safety net for rolling this up...

don't use wax breaks when it gets damp! This was a mess and the dough stuck to it. I was not quiet about it either. Yes, I was a sailor in a former life. Tony came running downstairs to see what had happened. When he saw the mess, he told me to just throw it away.

Um, no way was I throwing it away! I was on a mission! I "fixed" it enough to make sweet rolls!

I'm not going to lie, I was still worried. I had no idea what they would taste like.

Everything is saved when you put a sugary glaze on it...right?

I love that my boys are adventurous and trust me enough to try things! Even I was scared of these!

I would say these are similar to a hot cross bun. They have a nice chew to them and if you know gluten free stuff, you know that is important. They had a sweet crust on the bottom and were slightly pillowy soft in the center. They were really good!

Now, I have to make them again. I will share the recipe when I make them from start to finish with one preparation which is not the way this happened. I ended up calling these a tasty accident. 

It feels strange to me lately because I am a pretty seasoned baker, but I am really working on some new gluten free recipes that have been a challenge. I didn't let this go because I really want to learn how this stuff works. I actually like learning about different ingredients that other cultures use in their baking. It's funny because here in the United States, think of wheat as the go to baked good source, while other cultures use different products like chickpea flour, rice flour and tapioca. While I hate the disasters, I really like finding new products that taste so good.

Do you throw away disasters or do you try to make them work?

Do you have a potty mouth or no?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 10:26 AM  
  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM, Anonymous Meesh said…

    I don't really have a potty mouth, but I do curse a lot in my head! Good save on the buns, they look delicious!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM, OpenID healthyexposures said…

    Sorry I've been so quiet lately - I've been reading, just not commenting! For some reason my mom's laptop didn't like blogger comment forms so it'd always take me 10+ tries before I was successful :P
    I don't blame you guys for not wanting to go out in the ice. Snow doesn't scare me so much anymore, so long as it's daylight. But ice? Verrrry scary...4wd can only do so much!
    Your "tasty mistake" certainly does look tasty - I definitely try to salvage anything that ends up not as good as I'd hoped, too. Smear some peanut butter on anything and it's good as new! :P
    One time I completely left the sugar out of a cake, though - it was all mixed but I hadn't yet baked it when I tasted the batter and realized it was NASTY. That I figured there was no hope for, so it got chucked :P
    I love experimenting with new flours, too. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Haha...I have a major potty mouth too. I think it freaks my students out a little. :-)

    Glad you were able to turn a mess into a success! These look delicious!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:38 AM, Blogger SLColman said…

    Those buns look good! I really need to get back to baking. I am missing it!!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:43 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    LOL - I'm a sailor too my friend ;-) Sometimes I think I even offend my husband!! My first inclination is to toss goofs. My husband, however, is far more rational and tries to save the day. Thankfully. I hope it all thaws today so you can get out finally.

  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:47 AM, OpenID thisitalianfamily said…

    I usually try to make things work when disaster strikes. Only once was it so bad that we just had to toss it all (pumpkin soup, Fall '08... it was tragic).

  • At January 13, 2011 at 10:56 AM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 11:57 AM, Blogger Nobel4Lit said…

    Only when alone (driving)!! Otherwise, you won't hear a peep of that out of me. I think it's having little siblings that makes it become a habit not to drop those word-bombs.

  • At January 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM, OpenID purplebirdblog said…

    Looks like a VERY tasty accident! And I have a HUGE potty mouth! Cuss words are fun to say! ;)

  • At January 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    You are superwoman!! I would have totally trashed them and just been angry the rest of the day for my failure. Way to bring that back to life - and make it tasty to boot!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Good job saving the dough! I definitely have a hard time throwing away food and would probably try to make it work, too! And I most definitely would have let out some unmentionable words in the process. :)

  • At January 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Nice save on the rolls! When it comes to such instances, it really depends on my mood. Somedays I'm a little more patient than others when it comes to kitchen issues.

    Day 4... I feel as if someone needs to come rescue you!

    And I have a potty mouth. I blame working in an office that is pretty much all guys. At least I am somewhat good about not letting it slip when the situation calls for it. :)

  • At January 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    I tried making brownies using silken tofu as an egg replace and they totally failed. I broke up the brownies, mixed them with water and two eggs, and rebaked them and now they're great.

  • At January 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Anonymous Alexis @There She Goes said…

    i generally eat everything...except one time i made soup out of tofu noodles and the noodles smelled so bad i was gagging as i was stirring. that one went down the sink

  • At January 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    Gluten free baking seems very challenging but quite rewarding! I have been flooding my mom with gluten free cook books and baking books so that she can cook for my autistic brother.

    I love looking at the recipes you come up with b/c most of them are bookmarked and later printed to send her way =)

    I can't bake to save my life, btw - have I mentioned that? haha! go you!

    as for the fridge/freezer, with two boys it does seem like quite a task to keep up with! Maybe take baby steps here and there? I'm sure you already do! But just in case, maybe one day check all expiration dates and make a list of what needs to be used up within the next few days, and then another day group like items and put fruit and veggie snacks in plastic bags for the boys to grab and munch at will, and so on.

    wow I talk a lot -- sorry about that! =) If you every need tips i'm here for ya! <3

    Have a great day Sarena!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • At January 13, 2011 at 3:20 PM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    ha. when things like this happen in my kitchen, YES to the potty mouth.

    I still have some interesting outcomes with gf baking... which is VERY frustrating because I have been a baker for YEARS. crazy. it is VERY different, though.

    these rolls look FABULOUS!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 4:12 PM, Blogger slow panic said…

    I have a HORRIBLE potty mouth. Pretty sure I was a sailor in my last five or six lives.

  • At January 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    im a sailor, in this life time :)

    throwing away food, never! glad you saved them..and yes sugarey glazes help :)

    and also props to you for sticking with recipe development on GF stuff. NOT an easy task!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM, Blogger Tip Top Shape said…

    I swear so much when I bake. My roommates make fun of me because in general I don't swear, but put me in a kitchen and things change! lol

  • At January 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM, Blogger Amy said…

    I too was a former sailor, especially in the kitchen! The Mr always knows when things aren't going right in the kitchen by the stream of curses flying out of it!!!

    I sometimes try to save my disasters. It depends on what happened and how bad it is. Sometimes they're beyond repair before you even try to make them into something else though!

  • At January 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM, OpenID iheartvegetables said…

    I'm glad you were able to save it!!!

    I hate icy snowy weather :( I moved to VA from Ohio but its still snowing sometimes here!!! haha

  • At January 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I'm glad you could save it.
    You know I have a potty mouth, I'm not as bad in person though :)

  • At January 13, 2011 at 5:19 PM, OpenID cleaneatsinthedirtysouth said…

    Unforunately, I have an awful potty mouth. I say it's because I'm in college and I'll grow out of it one day... ;)

  • At January 13, 2011 at 7:13 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    phew! glad you were able to save it! That has happened to us many times...and sometimes still does :)

  • At January 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM, Blogger GF Gidget said…

    OOooohhhh!!!! Every once in a while I turn into a little sailor. (This coming from the girl who yells at rude drivers that they are "not nice people!"
    Normally, I try to save my disasters. Sometimes though, it's best just to walk away!

  • At January 14, 2011 at 7:59 AM, Anonymous lee said…

    I almost got stuck driving home from work yesterday. It was scary!

    I don't know if I'd say I had a potty mouth, but I do interject the F word into a lot of sentences.

  • At January 14, 2011 at 8:11 AM, Blogger LifeasKristina said…

    I don't mind being stuck at home....but I think with kids I may go a little squirly! What a solution-yummmmmy!!!!

    i def have a potty mouth (grew up around a construction company-I have a potty mouth by default!)-i'm trying to work on it though, esp with all my friends having kids!

  • At January 14, 2011 at 8:34 AM, Anonymous Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said…

    That box of tapioca flour kinda looks like it's from the 70s, no?

  • At January 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM, Anonymous Alisa Fleming said…

    Good save and yum, yum, yum! Yeah, I was a sailor in my former life too. Not pretty out of little girls like us, but necessary sometimes!

    That sounds like crazy weather, I didn't even think you would get snow in that part of the country?

  • At January 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM, Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said…

    way to save that recipe, and it turned out fantastic!
    Hope your birthday is filled with lots of love.

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