Bad Yogi Chef: Mardi Gras Grapes
You manage to burn microwavable macaroni. You think baking soda and baking powder are the same thing. You don’t know how to use your oven’s kitchen timer (and even if you did, you’d forget about it and burn your dinner while you take a long bubble bath).
You’re reading this because you’re a Bad Yogi. You’re relating to this because you’re a bad chef. And you’re not alone. This idea came to me because when I first started learning how to cook, any recipe that had more than 3-5 ingredients was just too labor-intensive for me to even think about attempting. I actually remember telling a friend, “If the instructions tell me to ‘zest’ anything, then it’s too high maintenance of a recipe.” Another friend of mine called me while I was at work one day to ask me what a “cookie sheet” was. “Is it like a baking pan that you can only bake cookies on?”
I’m here to bring you the easiest fool-proof recipes I’ve found (in my extremely limited culinary career). None of them will have more than 5 ingredients. None of them are going to ask you to “zest” anything. But all of them will fool anyone who doesn’t know any better that you do, in fact, know how to handle yourself in a kitchen.
Today: Mardi Gras Grapes
I had to go to a Christmas party and bring a side dish. “Something sweet,” they said. Don’t tell me the night before your party that I have to bring something to eat. Don’t you know I need at least 36 hours to stress and pour over “easy desserts” on Pinterest?! I ran into my friend’s mom while out Christmas shopping, and she (mercifully) gave me this recipe. It’s supposed to chill over night in the fridge, but I imagine if you only had a few hours to chill this it’d work out fine. I’m calling them Mardi Gras Grapes because I’m from Louisiana and Mardi Gras is NEXT TUESDAY. You got green; you got purple; you got the fun confetti-like pecans all over the place… this is so ready for a party (like maybe an upcoming Superbowl party… just throwing out ideas… like beads in a parade… OK I’m done)!
What You’ll Need
- Medium-large mixing bowl
- Big spoon
- 3-4 lbs of grapes
- 1 cup (8 oz) of full fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1 cup of chopped pecans (optional)
(You’ll laugh at how stupid easy this is.)
1. Take all the grapes off the stem and rinse them in the colander.
Ok, this is totally my speed. Easy.
2. In the mixing bowl, throw in the brown sugar, Greek yogurt, and vanilla/almond extract. Mix it up while the grapes are drying.
Alright, so far it’s not so bad.
3. Finally, dump the grapes in the mixing bowl. Mix it all up. If you want to throw in the pecans, do it now. Get it all pretty.
Yup. That’s it. And it’s good. And you can’t mess it up.
Over to you… any other Bad Chefs in the club (Bad Yogi Club, that is)? Got a funny cooking blunder you want to come clean about? Share in the comments below!