Write Stuff : Epic Fail


Have you ever had an epic fail?  This week’s Write Stuff topic is E P I C   F A I L.  I’d love for you to link up a blog post about a situation that did not turn out quite as planned.  Maybe it was a situation that was very nearly an epic fail but you managed to turn it around and save the day!

If you’re not a blogger, please tell me your tale in the comments here or on Facebook.  I need to know I’m not the only one who specialises in the fine art of the epic fail!




In the middle weekend of the recent school holidays, the element of our oven blew up.  This was not a good thing.  Epic fail, Smeg.  Luckily, we still managed to cook pizzas for dinner, as planned, as the grill still worked.  (On a side note, the Welshman gently reminded me in the weekend that I had forgotten to schedule an appointment with the service department.  Some weeks later.  Oops. Fail.  Luckily, we have a microwave, barbecue and gas hob.  And a very patient Welshman who is an excellent cook.)

The next day, I decided to do some baking with Boyo.  I turned the oven on, got out the ingredients, chopped the butter and, more importantly, got a little boy very excited about doing some baking.  OK, who am I kidding?  Excited about eating some baking.

Realisation dawned.  The oven was broken.  There would be no baking.  Fail.  Epic fail.




So I whipped out my trusty Kiwi classic Edmonds Cookery Book and looked up things that could be made with the limited ingredients from our pantry, and did not require an oven.  All was saved as I decided to make good old fashioned chocolate truffles.  How hard could it be?




Chocolate Truffles

50g butter
100g cooking chocolate
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon of rum
1 teaspoon cocoa

Put butter and chocolate into a saucepan.  Heat gently, stirring until butter and chocolate have melted.  Add half a cup of the icing sugar.  Stir until mixture is thick enough to handle.  Stir in rum and cocoa.  Add enough of the remaining icing sugar to make a stiff mixture.  Measure tablespoonful of the mixture and shape into balls.  Roll in coconut.  Chill until firm.  Makes about 15.



The recipe was somewhat abbreviated, due to there being five recipes on one page.  You will note the recipe instructs the mixture to be heated in a saucepan.  However, you will also note that the recipe does not say REMOVE FROM HEAT, which, as it turns out, is a fail.  An epic fail.  Happily, not mine this time.  Whew!  Saved that one.

Unfortunately, we had not a tot of rum in the house, so I substituted brandy.  OK for sweetie making, not so good if you’re making rum punch.  Fail.  But not an epic one.




Still in Domestic Goddess mode, I call Boyo in to help with the rolling into balls.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  The next step is to roll the balls in coconut to coat them.  (Just quietly, you have to be very careful typing words like coconut or unctuous.  Many typos just begging to say See You Next Tuesday.  And that would be a fail.  An epic fail.)

Ready for my next fail?  Here it is.  Turns out that desiccated coconut is infinitely preferable to shredded coconut.  Preferable?  Try essential.  Completely impossible to make coconut covered chocolate truffles without desiccated coconut.  Fail.  Epic fail.



However, being the absolute Domestic Goddess I am, I mixed in some coconut, spread the mixture into a buttered glass dish and named it Chocolate Coconut Brandy Fudge.  Win!  Epic win!



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