This is going to be short and brutally honest.
Not everything I make turns out well. Sometimes it takes me many, many, attempts to get it just right.
Last night I tried to make lumpia. These are Filipino spring rolls filled with mostly pork and few vegetables. I used a recipe I got from a graduate student who makes them all the time for pot-lucks.
They were not the same. I don't know what was wrong. Seriously, I even bought everything from the special market on Oddie to make sure I got authentic ingredients.
No, I didn't even bother to take pictures, so there won't even be pictures of how they looked. (They looked normal but didn't taste right.)
Brady said apparently I didn't have my Filipino mojo going on.
OK, maybe sort of. But I did take a few extra lumpia wrappers and made some awesome banana rolls. I have made these before and maybe eventually will post how to make them. Turns out, I have intuitively made something like a Turon, simply because I like my bananas wrapped up and fried.
Dinner wasn't a complete loss, but I will be going back to making average Chinese-like egg rolls for now. I think I can handle my Chinese seasoning better.
The other night I made Pad Thai. Tasty, but too many noodles and not enough sauce. Every time I make it, it turns out different so no recipe coming until I get that straightened out.
Another fine example of something not ending up here, I tried to make some "easy" Tiramisu. It was not right either. Too runny, too bitter, not very appetizing. I have an idea to recreate it using no coffee at all. The mascarpone cheese in the fridge has been calling to me.
But, as a teaser, I will be posting my recipe for Thai-style coconut sticky rice very soon.