Okay. Maybe not epic fail but, as Olivia asked, "Are you gonna write about the stuff that sucks too?" Answer: Yes.
So, here's what the dinner was supposed to look like:
And this is what it actually looked like:
We could blame our photography skills, but really there were problems from the get-go. While shopping we balked at paying $5+ for the red lentils when brown lentils were only $2. They're interchangeable, right?
Turns out brown lentils take 2x longer to cook than red lentils and they "hold their shape" -- meaning it's kinda hard to make a sauce. Instead, ours was more like a paste.
But seriously, we should have stopped before we started. We knew we were pushing it by trying to combine artichokes, spinach and whole wheat linguine - almost a certain fail with 2/5 of our house. Unfortunately, it was a fail for all of us (and, if these reviews are any indication, for many other people as well). The question is: was it the recipe or was it poor execution? Probably a bit of both, so if we try this again we'll be sure to pay the extra $3, follow the recipe, and not making any substitutions. Now onto the reviews ...
Jason -- It was very bland, which is surprising given the different ingredients. I think the "sweetness" from the red lentils could have really helped to liven it up.
Tanya -- meh. Pasty, bland, couldn't even taste the artichoke. meh.
Miranda -- took one look and decided to bake some popcorn scrimps from a box instead. (Tanya snuck a couple. Much yummier than the pasta.)
Olivia -- (scrinches up her nose and shakes her head 'no')
Hannah -- I thought it was too plain so I added pepper and salt to it and then it was better. But then it was still bland because usually I don't really like wheat noodles and they were wheat, so that was a downer for me. But I did like the 'leaves' (a.k.a. spinach).
Will someone else (Mary?!?) give it a try and let us know if you get a better result?