Missing: My Mojo

by Cate on August 29, 2006

I have temporarily lost my mojo. If you’ve seen it, let me know. You ever have one of those periods where you’re just crashing and burning, no matter what you do? On Saturday, when I was trying to finish off one of the dessert trays I was making for a client, I made a batch of Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, and promptly managed to ruin the batch. At the time, I blamed it on a malfunctioning oven, since I ruined a batch of Cranberry Cinnamon Nut Bars right before the cookies.

Tonight my parents came over for dinner, and I kept it simple with Melt in Your Mouth Sausages over Spaghetti with buttered bread. I decided to take a chance on the oven, and made Chocolate Decadence for dessert. They come out as beautifully sinful as ever, so I chalked up Saturday’s mishaps to an overworked oven, especially since I had been keeping it busy all week.

After my parents left, I needed to make some treats for another dessert tray, and pulled together another batch of Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, which promptly went into the trash. They looked nothing like the batch I first made last Sunday. I’ve got to dig up the original recipe … now I’ve decided that there must be a typo in the version I retyped, as opposed to something wrong with the oven. That would be good, since it means my mojo would be completely intact.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago today … delicious breakfast memories.

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Claire August 29, 2006 at 2:18 am

The sweedish pancakes you made last year make me think of “blini” that we had in Kyrgyzstan. We had them with jam in the middle of them! Yum! I may have to try to make these for my family this coming weekend…I’m going to visit my parents who have just recently moved! :-)

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Cate August 29, 2006 at 2:21 am

Claire – I’ve made them many times since then and love them more each time. You’ve GOT to make them!

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Madeline August 29, 2006 at 2:50 am

I think that undertaking both dinner and dessert in spite of losing your mojo is a sign of bravery!

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Cyndi August 29, 2006 at 2:59 am

Rah Rah Rah (that’s the cheerleader in me, hoping you’ll get your mojo back!) Did those cookies really go in the trash? My DH would insist on eating them if they were even slightly edible.

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stacey August 29, 2006 at 5:14 am

uh no! cooking for others and not yourself! it will return soon, no worries! or maybe your mixer and oven are just tired of those choco chip cookies! new recipe, quick!

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Julia August 29, 2006 at 7:51 am

I’m sorry, haven’t come across your mojo…! =)
Have you already tested your oven with an oven thermometer? Than you know at once if there is something wrong with it!
(or that you’ll seriously have to go look for your missing mojo…) =)

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wheresmymind August 29, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Put all the cooking gear away and make yourself a ‘rita and relax…that always gets my mojo goin’ ;)

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Cate August 29, 2006 at 9:03 pm

Madeline – LOL, thanks. Extra points for a 4-year-old, a dog and 3 cats underfoot, right? ;)

Cyndi – yup, inedible, I promise.

Stacey – trying again tonight – fingers crossed. ;)

Julia – it’s definitely on my list to buy, though I think, now, it’s working fine since the Chocolate Decadence came out properly. Probably just overworked – the oven and me!

Wheresmymind – I like the way you think!

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Annie August 29, 2006 at 11:33 pm

Poor Cate, I’ve been there. So many times. It will come back, you’re probably just having a bad week. Cheer up and take a break-that may be all you really need.

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Lydia August 30, 2006 at 9:52 am

Cooking mojo is a fickle thing, but it always comes back. Don’t stress, don’t go looking for it; it will find you!

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