Items I Want to Cook During My Lifetime

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Oftentimes, when we hear the word, “bucket-list,” we think of traveling. But who says that you can’t have a bucket list for cooking?

Yes, you read that right. There are so many items I want to learn how to cook, but are either too time-consuming or are too difficult.

Most of these foods I’ve tried to make, but failed. One of them, I have never bothered to find a recipe for.

So, without further ado, let my bucket-list for cooking begin!

First, with the failed attempts:

Potato-filled ravioli

I first had this on a trip to Ireland in 2018. In fact, I consumed this on my family’s first night there. It was filled with purple potatoes and in either a butter, oil, or cream sauce. I don’t remember.

But what I do recall is how much I enjoyed it. I wanted to try making it from scratch at my home in New York State. Despite how many Italian restaurants are in my area, not one has had potato-filled ravioli on their menus.

I’ve attempted to make this twice. Sadly, both results failed. The raviolis were hard and under-cooked.

I made the dough from scratch, so you think they would have turned out better. Nope. 

What also stank was how I could not buy ravioli dough anywhere – not even online! Crazy, huh?

However, I did come up with a hack… that was to use potato-filled pierogies and put the sauce on them. I actually used to think they were a type of pasta and would treat them that way… until my mother told me that they were not pasta and suggested that I didn’t put sauce on it.

But thanks to failing to find potato-filled ravioli or making it, I will treat the pierogies like pasta again. Hey – it’s similar enough.

Copycat Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Cake

Despite the long, overwhelming process, I was tired of just reading the recipe and just wanted to make the darn thing.

But the author of the recipe was not kidding about the process. It does take a while –  at least a couple of days. You have to do a lot of freezing of the ingredients.

Nevertheless, I wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately, some family conflict erupted out of nowhere, so I couldn’t resume the ice cream cake-making. 

I still have the cake in my freezer, which has the vanilla ice cream coating around it (yes, that is necessary for the process). But I fear it might be past its prime and I have to toss it. 🙁

Rice Noodles

Okay, you may be looking at me like I have 6 eyes. Rice noodles should be super-easy to cook. It’s kind of like boiling pasta.

The problem is making it taste good. No, it should be delicious! There is a Vietnamese restaurant near me that makes some of the best local Vietnamese food, especially their rice noodles. I tried to make mine like theirs.

Once again, it failed. I don’t know if I will ever be able to do it as well as they do, minus the possible mysterious ingredients they put in theirs. Hopefully, I will, though.

Chocolate truffles

Just like with the ice cream cake, the chocolate truffles also take up a lot of time. However, I have never made them before. 

I prepared them with a friend of mine a while ago. I also had bought various flavored extracts to add to the truffles. Unfortunately, they also did not turn out the way I had wanted.

But I won’t give up hope. I will try them again soon.

Soft-serve ice cream

Mmmm… delicious. It is such a summer or hot weather-classic. From the softness, to the sweetness, to the creaminess, to the rich flavors… yum!

That it… unless you make it yourself. A lot of recipes require dry ice. And there is no place near me that sells dry ice that is safe to ingest.

So, I tried a hack – soften the ice cream outside of the freezer, put it in a pastry bag with a large tip, and swirl it. It came out as a failure –  hands down.

Maybe someday, there will be a recipe without dry ice and comes out as good as the kinds ice cream trucks sell.

Now the one item that didn’t fail, because I never tried to make it…

S’mores Bar

Remember when Starbucks used to sell these in the summer? I loved them a lot. So, I see no reason why I can’t find a copycat recipe for this treat.

What is on your cooking bucket-list?

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

2 thoughts on “Items I Want to Cook During My Lifetime

  1. First off…That is a beautiful photo of you. Let me know when you start your journey to make Chocolate truffles. That is my favorite choclate of all time. I get them as a gift from my sister every Christmas.

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