Space worm

Did you know that, using only a few simple ingredients, a basic kitchen, and your native culinary inventiveness, you can bake a Demon Thing that will haunt your nightmares until your dying day?

Thank you to Andrew R. for this. I think. I dunno, I’m going to go have a shot of something strong and ponder whether I’m really grateful or not.

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Pure Maple Syrup

Just in case you think I’m about to make fun of maple syrup: I’m a proud, passport-carrying, apologizing Canadian. Of course I’m not going to make fun of maple syrup. I am going to make fun of the State of Vermont. Now, I have nothing against Vermont, it’s a beautiful state, but it must be hard being so close to Canada. It’s just inviting comparisons, and who can measure up to Canada in the maple syrup game? So I’m not surprised that Vermont is feeling a little, how shall we put it, inadequate on the syrup front. It’s almost like Vermont is trying to tell us something about its ability to produce buckets of syrup. I just — I just can’t put my finger on it though.

 

Thanks to Kate N. for this, whose breakfasts apparently can’t be beat for hilarity.

Hong Kong Bubble Waffle Ice Cream

There are two kinds of people in the world. People who think cooking is about simplicity, about the elegant combination of a few well-chosen ingredients in order to draw out their natural, unadulterated flavour.

And then there are people who say, “Screw it, let’s just throw throw everything tasty in the bowl.”

I am firmly in the latter camp. If cumin makes it better, then cumin, cardamom, and garam masala must make it much better. If sugar is good, then sugar and butter and rum must be heavenly. So I salute you, Kulu Desserts, for pushing the boundaries of human endeavour. I would eat your Bubble Waffle Ice Cream with strawberries and mango and whatever else you thought to put in there in a hot minute.

And thank you to James for the photo!

Nutella Kolaches

Sometimes I ask someone if I can use their photo on Food Gone Wrong, and they say, “No, that was actually good.” But to me, that’s the point. Sometimes food goes wrong and the result is just terrible, something no one would want to eat. Sometimes food looks bad, but tastes fantastic. And sometimes food is “wrong” because it’s not traditional or authentic or sophisticated, but is, in fact, delicious.

So it is with these Nutella kolaches, which my Texas correspondent/spy Kelly found in West, Texas. Are they authentic? Almost certainly not. Would I eat half a dozen of them in one sitting? Probably yes.

And since a good way to bring in the New Year is with abundance, they seem an appropriate way to ring in 2017. Let 2017 be a Nutella kolach for everyone – odd at first sight, unexpectedly sweet and rich once you take a bite.

Baguette Magique

Friends, 2016 has been a miserable year. We need a little magic for 2017. Hannukah and Christmas coinciding is a good start. The bakeries of the Marais have a little extra help planned as well. So, in the twin spirits of food gone wrong and food gone right (sometimes a bit hard to tell apart), I wish you all a magique holiday season!

(And many thanks to my friend who took this photo!)