Following GlutenFreeGirl's brave lead, I want to share with you that I do make dishes that end up in the trash. Dishes that are too ugly and embarassing to photograph. Dishes that are so inedible there is no creative way to salvage them. I've made two such "losers" in the past week, in fact... Which is an all-time record.
First, we have a failure to follow directions. Folks, when the recipe says "proof the yeast," it really means "proof the yeast." If it doesn't bubble, don't use it. If you do use it anyway, you may end up with some bum yeast and have a "jelly donut" (a traditional Chanukah delicacy called sufganiyot) on your hands that looks like this:
NASTY! Not just ugly, but so awful that they ended up in the garbage (and you all know GF flours aren't cheap! What a waste.) Just be glad I didn't post a picture of the incinerated "donut holes" which were a dense, inedible ball of uncooked, unrisen dough with a fully incinerated black crust. It might have made you cry.
Oh, but that wasn't enough of a cooking disaster for the week. No, we also had the "Gluten-Free Chapati" experiment.
GROSS! This was a chickpea flour-based recipe. Now, I'm no fan of chickpea flour generally speaking, but it's hard to imagine how an ingredient that makes something as thoroughly tasty as the socca could also make something as utterly disgusting and inedible as this horrible attempt at the Indian flatbread I used to cook frequently when I could eat wheat. Don't be deceived by the picture - These babies were horrendous and I threw them straight in the garbage. I'll try a slightly more hopeful-looking gluten-free naan recipe soon and we'll see how it turns out.
I comforted myself after my latest culinary failture by cooking up a tried and true curry for dinner (recipe forthcoming), and settling in with a CSI rerun.