I like to consider myself a fairly good cook. I have a few dishes that I make really well. I can generally follow a recipe and I haven't had too many cooking mishaps. Well there was this time I tried to make lamb chops but that's a different story for a different post.
Tonight my plan was to make "Quick Chicken Cacciatore" with broccolini and creamy polenta.
First problem - I went to the store in an attempt to purchase some instant polenta only to find that they don't sell that at Harris Teeter (WTF!). So instead I decide that I will make some cornbread. Not even close to the same thing but it provides the carbs.
Second problem - I don't think I like broccolini. I thought I would, it is supposedly just baby broccoli and broccoli is my favorite vegetable. Why don't I like it then??? Maybe I cooked it the wrong way. UGH! This did not taste how I planned and I can't stand when something doesn't taste like I expected it to.
Third problem - The chicken cacciatore didn't look at all like the picture. Now I know the food pictures are usually staged and the "perfect" form but I like the meals I make from a recipe to at least look close to the picture. The sauce was too runny even though I attempted to let it boil down over twice as long as the recipe indicated. And it didn't taste like I thought it would! Did I mention how I hate when that happens??
All in all the meal was EDIBLE but definitely not enjoyable. Better luck next time.