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:
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. 🙁
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.
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…
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?