Me vs Gravy
My culinary challenge, one that I'm still working on, is making gravy.
I've had many people give me their "recipe" for homemade gravy but to no avail. My gravy turns out lumpy and tasteless.
Now, I can cook quite well, give me a recipe and I can cook it. I can even adlib in the kitchen, making my own creations. But gravy, that's a thorn in my side. My mother-in-law gave her fool-proof recipe for gravy. Add flour to the meat drippings and stir with a fork. Viola! Me: Lumpy, flavor-less gravy. Her: great tasting gravy.
I usually buy gravy from the jar but occasionally this volcano of determination rises up in me: "I must conquer the gravy!" And I try, try again only to make, you guessed it, lumpy gravy.