Friday, February 14, 2014

Foodie Friday - Brazilian Rice & Beans

I asked my readers on Facebook for Foodie Friday suggestions and one of them mentioned they would like some more vegetarian recipes, so I got right to it and picked out one that I thought looked nice and tasty.

You see, Dan isn't a huge vegetarian meal fan, since he's a lover of meat, but occasionally he doesn't mind them, especially if they are packed full of flavour and substance. So when I came across this recipe for Brazilian Rice & Beans, I thought it was perfect. It was full of yummy ingredients and had a nice list of spices to give it that extra push it needed to make it past Dan's requirements.

I excitedly got right down to making it last week and was delighted as it came together and the kitchen smelled like a fabulous mix of spices and flavour.

Everything looked so good and I excitedly served up my dish, garnishing it with some avocado and parsley. I just had a feeling that this meal was going to be a winner. It smelled and looked good, it had to taste good right?

Wrong. It did not taste good at all. I mean, it was edible and we both finished our bowls but we really did not enjoy it one bit. It didn't have much flavour and the consistency of it all was kind of a turn off.

I was so disappointed and ready to not even tell you about my flop meal, but once again, my Facebook readers encouraged me to share. I guess people like to hear that I'm not perfect and want to learn from my mistakes.

I basically followed the recipe exactly as it was written out, except I used a red pepper instead of a green pepper and didn't add the fresh cilantro. But that's it. Why did it fail so badly?

Dan did tell me that adding a bunch of hot sauce to the leftovers made it a little more palatable. I have no intention of making this meal again, even just to tweak the spices, but if any of you want to attempt it, let me know how it turns out!

Anyone else make any failed meals recently? Tell me I'm not the only one who screws up in the kitchen regularly.


Foodie Friday Mini Series

Week 1: Roast Chicken
Week 2: Gluten Free Bread
Week 3: Carrot Pineapple Muffins
Week 4: Homemade Larabars
Week 5: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Week 6: Brazilian Rice & Beans 
Week 7: Sweet Potato Quinoa Stir Fry 
Week 8: Chocolate Quinoa Cake  


  1. I will give it a try. likely the lack of cilantro is why it did not have much taste. they use this herb extensively here. in Cananda last summer I saw that one company had made pesto from cilantro rather than basil. this would be interesting to try and for me living here, much easier because not much regular basil.
    thanks Jenn

  2. Bunny - I'm glad that you liked it, since I made it just for you! Let me know how it works for you, especially with the added cilantro.

  3. i figure that was the reason. Will let you know

  4. I could fill an encyclopedia with my culinary failures! It's disappointing though when you try something new and it turns out horribly. But don't worry - I'm sure your successes far outweigh your failures.

  5. Jennie, it's definitely the cilantro. Cilantro makes everything taste like heaven!! :) It could be just a bad recipe too. And although this isn't what you want to hear, I haven't made any culinary flops lately. Most of my meals have been super tasty. Simple, but tasty!! :)

  6. Anne - I'm glad that I'm not the only one who screws up in the kitchen. It's just so sad when it happens. And it's true, I make good things more than bad and rarely anything inedible.

    Cora - I knew you'd think it was the cilantro. :P And of course, rub in the fact you only make good meals!