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At least the bear had a good meal.

You are all sworn to secrecy, my reputation depends upon it. According to that sage British author, Samuel Johnson, (1709-1784), the idea that I can share such news and expect silence on your part is doomed from the start. He advises, “To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly. “Then to further clarify he goes on to say, “The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it. ”

I don’t know who said “Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.”, probably Daniel Boone. Yesterday, the bear won. Even though I was crabby and achy,I managed to prepare a memorable meal. Memorable, yup, that is a good description. I don’t know what happened but except for the papaya/banana fruit salad, it was a flop.

First there were the chapatis, normally, I just use whole wheat flour tortillas. Easy-peasy, tasty and cheap. Yesterday, I decided to make cabbage-chili flat breads to accompany the dal. To quote proverbs “Pride goeth before the fall”. From the very beginning,it didn’t go well. The dough was very wet, so wet, that I ended up adding twice as much flour as the recipe called for. Being a glass half full sort of gal, I divided the dough in half to freeze some for later. I felt good about that idea, instant chapatis! Brilliant! Using a tortilla keeper for the hot off the griddle flat breads was also a good idea. Unfortunately, the breads did not merit either. They were fairly tasteless except for little bursts of sharp pungent cabbage or chile shreds.

Incredibly, the dal was even worse. It smelled so good, red beans and urad dal combined in a sauce enriched with cream and yogurt. I should have stopped there. I could have made Dal Makhani. Instead, eggplant and tomatoes were simmered in the dal until soft. Finally, onions caramelized in oil fragrant with mustard seed and cumin topped the completed stew. Where did the flavor go? Combined with the chewy chapatis, this was one of my more memorable meals. Husband suggested that we eat the left over saag panir but after I handed him back his head, he meekly ate his dinner. He didn’t deserve my outburst, I think he was in so much shock that he couldn’t taste the food, not that there was much there to taste.

I think I have a head cold, so I can’t taste anything. If you can’t smell, you can’t taste. Speaking of taste, neither the tomatoes nor the eggplants had any.

Looking on the bright side, none of you will tell anyone about this fiasco, right? My reputation as a good cook is safe? Right?

The yogurt turned out just fine by the way, but probably because it wasn’t part of the meal.

About Theresa

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Thank you Billie, I’m running out of quotes though. Here is an appropriate one,”To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.”
    Sallust (86 BC – 34 BC), The War with Catiline

    To everyone,
    I will take some advice from Abraham Lincoln, for myself ” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I thought Mark Twain said this, so good thing I double checked. Comments from readers are always welcome, but I am done with quotes for now.


  2. The comments are as good as the blog entry. LOL
    Theresa, I’ve been there, done that. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

  3. Judy, thanks. I am much better now. The wine would only help if it’s white. I seem to be allergic to the red. I am running out of appropriate quotes! “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used”,William Shakespeare, will almost work here.


  4. My, my, I believe you are upset! Would a hug and a glass of wine help?

  5. Jonna, I wish I had invented it. It would be preferable to having eaten it.You get a quote by one of my favorites, Mark Twain “ I am an old man and I have seen many troubles, fortunately not many of them came true.”

    Nancy, we do all have our days don’t we? I am continuing in my Sancho Panza mode and quoting him “Whether the stone hits the pitcher…”or the pitcher hits the stone… “it’s going to be bad for the pitcher.” mostly because I like that quote not because it really has anything to do with the topic…


  6. Me too! Love the husband’s head line! We all have our days, forget about it!

  7. I don’t believe it! You are making this disaster up because you want all of us mortal cooks to feel better. Right?

    I did laugh a lot about Husband’s head though. Still giggling.

  8. Jennifer Rose, since I seem to be in a quoting mood. It’s the same principle as “An adventure is someone else having a terrible time a thousand miles away.” it’s attributed to Elidor, but I don’t really know who that is.

    Gemma, LOL….your quote is”Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Benjamin Franklin. That one is a little too harsh for me, so let’s change it to another Ben Franklin “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” which it seems I have followed. Thank you.


  9. I won’t tell. Well I actually told my husband and he thought it was funny.

  10. Sure, it’s Schadenfreude, cooking disasters are infinitely more interesting than posts about cooking successes.

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