|The Teacher and the Student|
To be clear, I don't just use the kitchen for anyone...my skills are limited. I toast, I make coffee, I make great scrambled eggs, and I microwave. I am also good at doing dishes. When I was in high school and took baking...I just did the dishes. I also kneaded bread dough...I was pretty good at that too. I am best at selecting food options from restaurants/stores/caterers and reheating, if necessary. I can throw together a great menu with excellent food pairings...including desserts!! But this past August, for my sister's birthday, I decided that I wanted to cook one of her favorite meals (one that Grandma used to make) and bake her a cake. So I did...with excellent teaching/coaching from my Mom. I made Chicken N' Gravy (which is chicken cooked in Cream of Mushroom Soup), parsley potatoes, a salad, and a cake. Another motivating factor was brand new marble counter tops...they were so pretty I was actually inspired to use the kitchen.
My Mom took my enthusiasm and seized the opportunity to teach me lots of things grown-ups apparently should know how to do - for instance - how to quarter a chicken, julienne fruits and vegetables, mix together ingredients for baking, use a mixer, decorate a cake, and many other things. We had a really good time...we make a good team. She is an amazing cook and baker...I usually just help with dishes (not as often as I should), design, color, and flavors. This time...I was all in. I took pictures throughout the process so that I could remember everything. Plus, I wanted visual proof that it actually happened. I cooked!! I baked!! I decorated!!
So here is a pictorial listing of how I made a birthday dinner and cake for my sister...
|Everything I do starts with some notes and lists...|
|Baking is done first...and the order of ingredients is important.|
|Two perfectly finished cakes!!!|
|Layering Up...I made the orange color too...|
|You can see the stress...|
|All iced and ready to go...I made the yellow color!!|
|Starting to decorate with fondant pieces I cut out...what will it be?|
|The chicken...so gross...but I conquered my fear!!|
|All cut up!!!|
|All souped up...and ready for the oven!!|
|My favorite...Grandma's Parsley Potatoes...|
|The table...ready to serve with some 802 Woodchuck!!|
|A Lion Cake for My Leo Sister!!|
|Ready to Eat!!!|
|I don't just use the kitchen for anyone... :)|