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Semi-failed Attempts

March 20, 2011

Some days, you stumble across a recipe, try to add your own touch and end up with a semi-failure.  Or as I like to call it a “semi-success,” because alliterations sound better and because I try hard to be a “glass half full” kinda gal.

When I came across Angela’s recipe for vegan shepherd’s pie and coincidentally had all the ingredients for it (ingredients I needed to use up before leaving for vacation because lord knows Joey wasn’t going to be finishing off any carrots or celery) I scrapped my quinoa plans and decided to go for the pie.

I love when recipes sound time consuming but turn out to be relatively quick, minus that whole cooking in the oven part, but that’s when you do things like read up on blogs and avoid any homework or packing you still have to do.

Sometimes you need a wine buzz to get through the day.  Kidding, this wine definitely went into the meal.

I used zucchini instead of parsnips because I’m cool like that.

Is it just me or does this piece of carrot look like a pacman?

I opted to make this meal into two smaller portions with the help of some ramekins.  Again, I’m cool like that.

I’m also cool/creative/a total weirdo because I used sweet potato instead of regular potatoes because:


The veggies and gravy are peeking out.  See?

Don’t worry, I used regular potatoes for Joey’s portion as he’s slightly less adventurous odd and might think sweet potatoes don’t belong in shepherd’s pie.

His and hers.  Or hers and his if you read pictures like a book from left to right.

And this is what happens when you assume a mini ramekin portion has to cook for the same amount of time as a regular sized casserole portion.

Whoops!  Oh well, I’m okay with weird looking food.  Obviously…

How about you, “semi-failure” or “semi-success” and/or how do you feel about shepherd’s pie?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2011 6:33 AM

    I have SO done that. I halve recipes alllll the time (I mean, I’m cooking for myself…why do I want 6+ servings?!) but never remember to halve the cooking time. Sometimes it turns out fine, but usually I remember during the final minutes “OH! crap! I bet I shouldn’t have cooked it that long!” lol. Maybe that’s why I don’t mind slightly burnt food…I’ve just gotten myself used to it? 😛
    I love the sweet potato topping you did! I agree; sweet potatoes rule, white potatoes drool.

  2. March 20, 2011 6:53 AM

    I love that wine! I have a bottle of it sitting on my counter right now! 🙂

    • March 20, 2011 9:35 AM

      My roommate discovered it and we love it plus it’s cheap!

  3. March 20, 2011 7:24 AM

    First off, I love the Pacman carrot, and second, great idea using sweet potatoes! That definitely would have been the Shepard’s pie for me!

  4. March 20, 2011 9:02 AM

    I hear ya girl! 😀 Sweet Potatoes — SO much better than regular ones. 😀


  5. March 20, 2011 11:47 AM

    TOO FUNNY!! I made this same recipe with no wine, sweet potato for me and regular potato for Andrew! His was made in a cake pan and mine in a smaller dish 😀

  6. March 20, 2011 1:06 PM

    This looks successful to me (or maybe I’m weird too ;)) Love the two different combos haha I’d make the sweet tatter too 😀

  7. March 20, 2011 2:49 PM

    Sweet potatoes beat regular potato every time! Love the pacman carrot!

  8. March 21, 2011 7:49 AM

    Does semi-failed mean it may not look perfect but it still tasted delicious?? It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one that has to make separate meals for my not so culinary adventurous man! It’s been a struggle trying to compromise. There’s only so much steak and potatoes I can handle!

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