Not the teacher, but the learner
I’ve been cooking since I was a little girl, stood on the kitchen stool to reach the countertop with my 1950s mother baking pies and pasties, cakes and cookies all day long. I’ve been baking and cooking for many years now and among some of my favorite dishes are: chocolate shortbread, all kinds of sweet bread, coconut macaroons, breakfast muffins, chiken tikka-masala, fajitas (chicken or shrimp), eggplant parmesan, jambalaya, 13 bean chili, chicken salad, tuna salad, etc. Ok basically all kinds of good foods are my favorite to prepare! What can I say I actually like cooking – I just wish I had more time to enjoy it, but that’s ok I cook when I can.
So last week I received my first copy of Joy of Cooking!!! I am so Happy with it – I love it – I want to make everything in it! I want to make French bread SO much – I’m just afraid to – I’m afraid the effort will not be enough – that years of rolling dough and floured towels is what it really takes to make authentic French bread, and my first attempt is going to fail. It puts me off – and I know I should just do it anyway and keep making it until it is right. So that is one of my cooking challenges I am undertaking this year – to make the perfect French loaf.
I’m also badgering my mother into making a Buche de Noel with me. She keeps blowing me off though and I want to make it with her rather than on my own. She did agree that the meringue mushrooms were adorable and easy enough – she’s just reluctant about the Buche part – the actual cake! One day perhaps . . .
Another goal of mine is to make the perfect Jambalaya – real authentic Jambalaya is tough with the baking of the uncooked rice into the dish – I keep getting either a little burning or too fluffy rice . . .
I’ll be learning about cooking until the day I can no longer stand and face the stove. Praise be to Joy!