All culinary students at my school are required to take a pastry mod. Many students rue this time and feel it as a personally affront and attack on their skills. I find this time to be a carb filled vacation.
Baking reminds me of my Grandmother and thus fills me with a feeling of comfort, safety, and true content. It is a feeling of time being yours again (instead of rushing the clock to plate a semi-raw chicken for a practical exam that I would have failed were it not for the kindness of my instructor and other disastrous attempts from my classmates. Sorry guys- sometimes failure loves company).
The smell of melting butter is one of the most soothing and comforting smells in the world. The basic ingredients are kitchen staples: eggs, flour, salt, sugar, butter…and it is amazing how many different recipes you can create with this small larder. So why do so many avoid baking…
boredom or frustration with timing?
I honestly don’t know. All I know is that cookies are cheaper and much more appealing than therapy. Offering sweets also wins you a lot more friends than whining about your problems as well. So for this upcoming holiday season–skip the guilt, eat the darn cooky and be a happier person for it.