Fifty Dangerous Things 9

Breaking the Cookbook

Breaking the Cookbook

Breaking the Cookbook

Breaking the Cookbook

Basically putting your cookbook away and just making a recipe to see how it turns out.  The goal in the book is to make simple changes to a recipe that you’ve made before, but we went overboard with recipes for muffins and cookies.  They aren’t at all similar to the real recipes we use. There’s a movie in the full post that may not show up in your RSS reader in which Wyatt reveals his secret ingredient.

Breaking the Cookbook

First we talked about how simple some recipes can be.  I told Wyatt and Sid what kind of stuff  I put in some of the bread recipes I made, then gave them each a bowl.   They started calling out ingredients I should bring them, I’ll list it all below.  Not that you’ll want to cook anything they made.

Sidney decided to make cookies, Wyatt loves muffins and decided that’s what he was going to shoot for.

We talked about why cooks try their food as it’s cooking so they’ll know what needs to be changed.  Wyatt was game, Sidney said no way.  She realized early on that her food probably wasn’t going to taste very good (right around the time she was adding basil to her chocolate peanut butter cookies).

Breaking the Cookbook

About five minutes into baking time we had a pretty good idea of how things were going to turn out, it smelled awful.   It didn’t help that Sidney’s cookies went from baking to burning in about 30 seconds, we didn’t catch them in time.

Breaking the Cookbook

I was the guinea pig, neither of them were willing to try after watching me eat a sample.  Wyatt ate one of my blueberry muffins instead, Sidney said she lost her appetite and had to wait until we got the smell out of the house before she would eat anything.

Breaking the Cookbook

Sid’s recipe (I have no idea how much of each thing she used, I couldn’t write it all down fast enough).

  • flour
  • sugar
  • peanut butter
  • milk
  • water
  • egg
  • basil
  • cheese
  • Hersheys baking chocolate
  • pink lemonade mix
  • Breaking the Cookbook

Wyatt’s was pretty similar, when he heard his sister call out for something, he’d want the same thing. He made muffins

  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • strawberry Quick mix
  • lime juice
  • Hershey’s baking chocolate
  • Rice Krispies
  • cheese
  • peanut butter
  • egg
  • Breaking the Cookbook

I gagged when I ate Sidney’s, Wyatt’s was just really bad, like the driest thing I’ve ever eaten.

Breaking the Cookbook

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  1. #1 by Jessica on May 17, 2010 - 11:18 am

    That is awesome. I love Wyatt’s special ingredient. This is a good first step to your kids becoming more inventive cooks.

  2. #2 by Josh on May 17, 2010 - 4:49 pm

    so funny, he’s so proud of himself. What a fun idea.

  3. #3 by Mom on May 17, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    These children are so lucky to have such wonderful parents. I love it!

  4. #4 by jennifer on May 18, 2010 - 9:13 am

    I remember doing that a few times as a kid, just adding anything I could think of. It was always completely inedible.

  5. #5 by Josh on May 18, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    Yeah, but I bet if you tried it now, Jenn, it’d turn out amazing.

  6. #6 by Kami on May 22, 2010 - 9:44 pm

    What a bold soul you are! Awesome.

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