Thursday, June 17, 2010
I love cooking, baking, and all things associated with food. There is just something about food that makes people feel happy, comforted, and together. Sometimes it doesn't always work like I'd like it to though. That can be discouraging, considering the time that cooking and baking take.
This week I had a couple of things that didn't work out as planned. I made a sweet cherry pie from scratch. I've been looking forward to making this pie sense I got the cookbook back in April! I was so excited as I searched the produce section for the fresh plump cherries to use. I walked with a skip as I bought a cherry pitter from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. And I read the recipe over and over again, carefully studying each task and side note. I came home from work, very excited to make this pie for Blake.
Well, my usual problems with pie making arose. I couldn't roll the crust out wide enough! So already, the appearance was doomed. I didn't quite feel bothered yet. Then as I checked on it when it was cooking, I realized I forgot something very important! To cover the edge of the crust! So it was pretty dark. Here was this pie I spent all this time on, and I make the same mistakes I always make! Never the less, it did still taste good, and it didn't look all that bad, although not quite as good as the one in the cook book!
Then, on Tuesday night I made enchiladas and they came out dry. Enchiladas take some time to make, so I was pretty disappointed. This week hadn't been my week of being "Super Cook". But Blake still enjoyed them... after he topped them with salsa. Haha.
Thinking about this all now, I feel much better, but at the time I was sad. I have to remind myself that I'm still learning, and it takes time! I have a picture hanging over my sink of my grandma Lehman, who I never really got to know but has inspired me with what she left behind. She is standing in her kitchen licking a spoon, and next to the picture are a couple of recipes from her collection. So when I get frustrated, I look over at her and try to hear her tell me, "It's not the end of the world Kristin Marie. Keep working at it."
So with the help of my husband, that is exactly what I am doing.