I have a great big problem. I love to eat. But that's not really my problem, because most of us, I daresay, would say that they love to eat.
Except two of my kids, who would be very happy if food pills were invented. Eating is a chore. A bother. An inconvenience.
No, my problem is that not only do I like to eat, but I like to cook. And so, when I see a food that I think looks delicious, I don't want to buy it. I want to make it. I see it as a challenge.
I might go to a gourmet food store, walk around, and look. I might see lemon pound cake, chocolate peanut butter brownies, key lime Popsicles. I might see Sweet potato biscuits, curried chicken salad, Tuscan tortellini salad. I might spy delicious fancy-pants gelato. Or maybe an amazing seven layer bar. I see so many yummy, yummy treats.
It's no good for the store though, because I never buy it. Instead, I go home and try to make it myself.
It's one way I decompress. It's one way that I relax, enjoy myself, and basically slip into Nirvana. I enjoy the science and the chemistry of it all. What happens when you add baking soda? Why not baking powder? What about when you add buttermilk to a cake, or pour hot coffee into cake batter? What happens when you cook the jam longer than the recipe says? What if you brown the butter? What if you caramelize the sugar?
I just really, really love to cook.
I mean, doesn't anyone look at a sight like this and think, I wonder if I could do that....
What's the most adventurous or difficult recipe you've ever made?