The Tart That Wouldn't.
I actually had a great time working on this strawberry-rhubarb tart. There was fresh local rhubarb on sale at the store just as it was going out of season, I had a new tart pan to try out, and I was determined to make up a new recipe on the fly that would combine the two. Well, as you can tell from the photo, it never quite set. It was delicious and I've figured out where I went wrong since then, but alas there is no more rhubarb and no more patience in my head for a do-over if there was.
Do you ever have a dish or project that ends up like that? This miraculous vision in your head followed by results that are so far from it and feel like it may have been a complete waste of time and energy and ingredients/materials? In the back of my mind, I know it is never a wasted effort to make mistakes that one can learn from but it can be hard to listen to that voice all of the time. On the up side, at least this mistake was completely edible!
It seems that I've been working on a slew of different things like that lately, rather scatterbrained but with o so much gusto and good intentions. None of the projects seem to be photo-friendly or quite worthy of blogdom just yet but I keep inching towards the vision in my head for each and find that some days I am really hopeful and giddy and excited about my ideas and other days I am completely stalled out and frustrated that they don't come together justthewayiwantthem. I suppose one's success with creativity would be not half as meaningful if every project came out looking just the way you wanted it on the first try though right?