Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spinach Brownies, Asparagus Lemmongrass Cappuccino...and other things that just shouldnt be

Its sad that a rant had to bring me back to the blog, but it did, so lets not make too much of a fuss about it.

I am currently finding my way through the 1000+ Google Reader entries listed on Tastespotting.com after having neglected my reader last week due to the AAPAs. Most entries look amazing. Some have ingredient lists so long that I will never try them and instead bow down to the masters who have, others have 42 steps or marinading times that exceed 12 minutes. These too I will likely never try because of my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cooking technique that I picked up from my mom, who also makes amazing food but with less ingredients and over a shorter period of time. These recipes are, of course, accompanied by stellar titles and drool-worthy photographs.

728 entries to go.

Then, there are the few that absolutely boggle the mind. I really dont mean to put down the chef, rather their editor. Seriously, spinach brownies, WTF??? Spinach brownies dont exist people! Its not spinach disguised within a chocolaty concoction...not even a pseudo-brownie. Its a damned quiche for the love of christ!

Here is another that chapped my hide: Asparagus Lemmongrass Cappuccino. If your editor thinks they are being funny, they really have missed the mark. Its not a cappuccino. There isnt a hint of coffee in the recipe nor does mere use of a cappuccino frother make said food a cappuccino. Its soup.

My comments have nothing to do with the quality of the recipe, though I have made better quiches in my day, my beef lies with misrepresenting a food. Call it what it really is. If people dont go to your blog its probably because the recipe is uninteresting, the food is bland, or there are already 200 blogs loaded onto their reader. Tastespotting does us all a favor - it hosts a slew of pretty food photos from blogs around the web so that we dont have to do the searching ourselves. If you photo makes it up there, its because the image is gorgeous and the food looks interesting, if not tasty. My point is this: you dont also need a catchy title.

Here are a few other entries that cause me to raise my eyebrow:
Red Pepper Marmelade
Sweet Potato Donuts
Buckwheat Ice Cream
Falafel-burgers Between Tortillas - 'nuf said
Homemade, Low-carb Cadbury Egg

And to think, I still have 577 enteries left for fodder...


Anonymous said...

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sarah j. gim said...

i feel ya, honey. sometimes i'm not sure what i'm supposed to write in the title box when things like this come up on TasteSpotting - call it what it is, or...? but there is always a reason that the blogger chooses the words he or she does :)

Jamie said...

I am sorry my title "chapped your hide" I simply titled my blog entry after the recipe it originated from which was found on allrecipes.com. It was not meant to gain traffic to my blog considering people could clearly see that they were not a traditional brownie.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

But you can always try beetroot brownies... tested myself and they are really delicious :)

Anonymous said...

Hey...glad to see you are back posting...even if it is just to rant!

Miss you!


Lia "Elearning courses" Scott said...

This is so delicious cant help but starve...

theProvidentWoman said...

seriously? That sounds gross. Who comes up with this stuff?

Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.


Anonymous said...

This really solved my problem, thank you!