I actually called out my co-advisor when I noticed he hadn't tried some, but then I had to confess that my flatmate didn't say it was very good either.
I grabbed the overnight pizza dough recipe from Epicurious.com. Surely, with a 3.9/4 rating, it would be the best pizza crust they have ever tasted. Topping it with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and diced tomatoes, green peppers and onions could only tantalize their taste buds even more. To be honest, I was expecting to create something so delicious that it'd overwhelm people to the point of recreating that unforgettable scene Meg Ryan had in "When Harry Met Sally."
I'm pretty sure I wasn't the problem here. I tested out a very basic peanut butter blossom cookie recipe a few weeks ago and thought it tasted like crap. Seriously, how does one screw up a recipe with the most delicious ingredients known to man: peanut butter and chocolate?
I blame the ingredients. The peanut butter isn't the same as it is in the U.S. - there's not enough sugar. The flour I used was actually wholemeal flour and had a flaky consistency instead of a powdery consistency. Not good when the texture of your cookies or pizza dough is at stake.
In any event, I'd like to give myself an "A" for effort here based on the before picture:
And the after picture:
Please, dear readers, take pity on me and send me your fool proof recipes. Preferably recipes that don't get warped into something-that-could-have-tasted-good-if-it-weren't-for-the-fact-that-I-have-to-covert-cooking- temperatures-and-measuring units-and-use-non-American-made-food-products.