Sunday, February 05, 2017
I love to cook, and it shows. I am overcoming my fear of baking, the pastry trauma from childhood has taken a lot of work to get past. So how about a few questions about the kitchen.
1: Do you like to cook?
2: Do you like to bake (pastries, cookies, cakes)?
3: When cooking do you follow a recipe or wing it?
4: When baking, do you follow a recipe or wing it?
5: How did you learn to cook and or bake?
1: Do you like to cook? Well I answered this above, I love to cook. I like shopping for interesting and quality ingredients and cooking.
2: Do you like to bake (pastries, cookies, cakes)? Baking is harder for me. I am getting better at it. One issue, is if I bake it, I eat it, and I need to control that. I have been baking most of my bread for the past 5 months.
3: When cooking do you follow a recipe or wing it? I wing it. If I look at a recipe, it is a starting point for me, never to be followed precisely. I can sometimes replicate a dish I have eaten, without being told what is in it or how it is prepared. I drive hubby crazy, because I don't write down how I made something.
4: When baking, do you follow a recipe or wing it? I am more likely to follow the recipe. Slowly I am learning technique. What things should look and feel like, so I can stray from the formula, and wing it.
5: How did you learn to cook and or bake? I spent a lot of time watching my English grandmother, the one who was not a great cook, a little time watching my mother, and a lot of time experimenting. I have read hundreds of cook books, watched cooking TV, I am largely self taught. I would like to go take a cooking class one day - just for fun - and to drive the instructor crazy by winging it.