This post is not what it started out to be. This was going to be a recipe for Lemon Icebox pie. I spent the better part of two hours on Saturday working on this pie. I roped my husband into squeezing lemons. I made a huge mess in my kitchen, which I don’t like. In fact, that’s what I don’t like about cooking is having to clean up a big mess. But, I was committed to baking this pie and was excited to share it with you.
As it turned out, this post is the definition and purpose of my blog. Be Not Perfect. Well, no worries there, this pie was far from perfect! In fact, I removed the recipe I had here because I don’t want to subject anyone else to the grossness that that was this pie.
As it was baking off in the oven, I was looking forward to the sweet lemony smell filling the house. I find that right about the time you can start smelling something baking, that it’s close to the time it needs to come out of the oven. This pie did not smell sweet and lemony. It didn’t really smell like anything. Hmmmm. I should have known something was up.
I cooled it at room temperature for one hour, and then put it in the fridge for 5 hours. Finally, it was time to slice and enjoy. I made my husband take out the garbage while I cut us each a slice of pie, complete with a dollop of cool whip. Before he came back in, I took a bite. Immediately, I knew that something had gone horribly wrong. It tasted rotten. I spit it out. I actually spit it out. I don’t think I have ever hated a food so much that I would SPIT it out. My husband came in and I said “This is so gross. Something is way off. Try it”. I guess I wanted him to share the spitting, I don’t know. Of course he said “No”, and I don’t blame him.
I threw the pie out the next morning. All the ingredients were fresh, at least I bought them fresh the day before, but something was “off” from the start. Do I regret putting in all that effort on this with no result? Honestly….yes. But, I’m trying to remember that it’s OK to mess up. It’s a learning opportunity.
So, what did I learn? I learned that it’s OK to try something new. It’s OK to step outside my comfort zone and try to create something I’ve never done before. And, it’s OK that it was inedible. At least I tried. I will continue my pursuit to develop a good Lemon icebox pie and when I do I will share it with you. So, this attempt didn’t work out.
Sometimes, it’s our failures that make the best stories.