Since we moved back to Lexington and we’re back to cooking for ourselves 100% of the time, I wanted to get back into doing recipe posts on a biweekly basis. So this week I picked out a new recipe that I’ve been meaning to try and gave it a shot!
Here’s the thing- it kinda fell short. It was totally my fault. I didn’t have leeks or shallots, so I threw in some dehydrated minced onion, and called it a day. The flavor seemed kinda off as a result.
It was pretty funny because I thought about it the whole day the next day, and debated whether or not I should just scrap the post altogether or just kinda fudge it. (I know, right? Isn’t that terrible?) I didn’t hate it; I just didn’t love it. That’s when I realized that there was no way I could do this as a regular recipe post- who wants to make something that’s “just okay?” I felt so ridiculous for being disappointed at how this dish turned out because it was messing up my blog schedule.
It’s hard because on the one hand, as a blogger it’s important to plan ahead. I’ve started using an editorial calendar, and I get really excited for posts when I think something is going to be a really great idea.
The problem is that when something doesn’t go how you wanted it to go, you have to adjust. You either have to come up with something else, or find a way to salvage it.
There’s this fine line in blogging between authenticity and perfection. You are supposed to be honest and yourself, but also not compromise and produce content that is less than perfect. I didn’t want to tell you guys that I really liked this recipe when mine turned out only okay, but it really was only okay.
By now I’m sure you can tell that this post isn’t really about the recipe- it’s about balancing honesty and high standards. This can happen for really any topic, and it certainly has for me (anyone else ever taken pictures of themselves for an outfit post and wound up scrapping them?)
Have you ever planned a post and had it not turn out the way you wanted it to? What did you do? I’d love to hear the details!
P.S. When I ate this leftover, I smothered salsa, sour cream, and a little more cheese. It was WAY better. If you have some quinoa, it’s worth a try.