To be honest I am pretty confident that I am going to be receiving 10/10 on all accounts. I would go so far as to say that if Gordan Ramsay was going to be judging my cooking, I think I would receive about 5 f-bombs instead of my usual 500.
Ok, maybe this confidence is a little uncalled for, but I have literally made the dishes about 3 times each, changing things here and there to get it as amazeballs as possible.
Heres a little recap of what I am creating.
Choc Chip Cookies
Coconut Ice and Fudge
Chicken Tomato, Basil and Bacon Pasta
I asked my friends to give me the recipes that they would normally use and I cooked their recipe and then made my own adapted version from the one they gave me.
The recipes that gave me the most grief were the custard and the cupcakes.
I had to buy the custard from the shops as apparently my friend doesn't actually ever make it, because nothing she makes tastes like it. Well that sounds like an easy recipe to conquer.. let me use my taste testing skills to guess the ingredients... chicken? vanilla?? All it comes down to is ME versus the multi million dollar company and their best selling product... This is the only recipe that I think will get the thumbs dow,n but in saying that my kids have declared it as being the best custard they have ever tasted (and I didn't even have to pay them to say that)
I also couldn't get the sweetness of the chocolate used in the cup cakes BUT i did make some kicka$$ icing that shat all over her recipe.
I can honestly say that I never ever want to eat nor cook another cupcake again, after the batches and batches I made and failed at trying to recreate hers. The kids literally had a choice of 59 cupcakes at one stage to choose from for their school lunches.... Lets just say my freezer now looks like it has been invaded by cupcakes who just didn't make the cut.
I also nearly had an epic meltdown over the fact that my oven is a complete an utter a$$hole and would not do what it was asked. It literally has one job to do and that was to cook my bloody food . Evenly would be nice but I would have settled for not burnt. Apparently that is too much to ask for. I ended up having to go to my parents house to cook in the end because when you find yourself standing in front of your oven calling it every swear word under the sun, you know that you have problems. It is even worse when you find yourself begging your oven to not burn your cookies and that it will be rewarded by being cleaned until it shines like the wings of an angel. Unfortunately my oven only speaks a-hole and couldn't process my requests.
So in a couple more days I will find out whether I can do the "in your face" happy dance or the "I am never going out in public again" slow dance. Either way, I have got some great recipes to share with you and I feel like I've achieved some personal goals for myself.
In other news my favourite and only son turns 8 next week! I seriously can not believe that I have managed to keep him alive for 8 years. That is a record for me really. I once kept a plant alive for one whole year but then it got all needy and required me to water it more then just the times that I remembered (so demanding).
The 8 year old will also be celebrating another birthday fructose free. When asked how he feels about having another birthday sugar free he replied " good because I don't really like sweets anymore, but I do like presents, so maybe just get me presents instead of junk food". He is definitely my son. He also told me that sugar gives him belly aches and the last thing he would want is a belly ache on his birthday. I wanted to tell him that in 10 years time, he will have more then a belly ache on his birthday. Most likely a hangover that will last for days... but I will let him find that out for himself.
The 8 year old has also been sick lately and today instead of being at work, I am at home taking care of my little chicken. Even when he is on his deathbed, he wants to be having all types of adventures, but not this time and that worries me. Today he is laying in bed sleeping and not doing his usual panadol miracle recovery. This is where he has panadol and then forgets his is sick and starts doing things that makes me question taking the day off. Then he has his come-down, when the panadol starts wearing off and the process is repeated upon his next dose.
I am pretty sure he is going to have Abs of steal after coughing non stop for the last 4 days. The Dr has prescribed him some antibiotics and hopefully today we see him starting to be his old self.
The 2 year old is at daycare as per her normal routine because the last thing I need is her either catching what her brother has or her trying to take advantage of him being at his weakest and trying to initiate some baby fight club, where she beats the living sh*t out of him as he lays on his deathbed. I saw her strapping her knuckles this morning, so it was a good thing I got her out of the house.
On that note, I have to finish up here. His highness is requiring some type of beverage that will make his throat feel better. I do have a recipe for a good alcoholic beverage that would numb his throat for days but I don't like sharing my alcohol with anyone, so he will just have to make do with a warm hot chocolate (fructose free of course!)
Happy Thursday...1 step closer to the weekend