You’ll have to forgive my lack of daily posting. The last few days have been very busy with work and school. I’m also getting ready to start a pretty big project with the magazine so that will eat up even more of my already nonexistent time. However I’m glad to get a message here and there from you.
In response to my last blog post about what was in my fridge I got another email asking me if I’ve run into anything that I have trouble with in the kitchen. Let me tell you that I laughed very, very hard – not at the question but at the assumption that it was a rarity to find something I’m not good at.
Confessions are about being honest not only with others but with ourselves. So I’m going to take a moment and bare my culinary soul with you.
Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to learn how to flip a pancake. That girl tried and tried and tried and.. nope. Didn’t work. Now that girl is a grown woman who can sling hash like a pro, flip a pan like a whiz.. but I can not for the life of me get a pancake to stay round when I flip it. I can hear the choruses of “You’re doing it too soon’s…” but for some reason, no matter what, I can’t do it.
Hard boiled eggs? I’ve tried putting vinegar in the water.. tried the blow-em-out of the shell trick.. no matter what I do I can not peel the eggs without them looking like someone chewed on them. Can’t peel the eggs.
Baking is a giant cluster all in itself. It’s either underdone, overdone, runny or burnt. Cupcakes, bread, cake.. you name it, I’ll kill it.
Those are just a few things.
Now here’s what I’ve learned: Cooking is about passion. It’s about being creative, about understanding and respecting ingredients and about caring for the people you feed. I believe emotion can translate through food. You have to cook with love.
It doesn’t matter how many times you burn something, cut something wrong or it doesn’t come out as pretty as you’d planned… Practice makes perfect. And if you’re cooking for the right kind of people it’s perfect just because you cooked it for them.
Cook with love birdies and the rest will follow.