Jenna Da Sie has set us fun challenge this week:
Would You Rather Cooking Edition!
I like to cook, but I’m not much of a baker. In fact, my mother gave me Costco frozen cookie dough for Christmas. They come in individual cookies and all you have to do is transfer them to a sheet and bake. That’s my kind of baking!
Here’s what Jenna asked:
Would You Rather:
1) Cut out butter or sugar forever?
I suppose it would be cheating to say butter, because I buy margarine all the time? Yeah, probably. But the same could be said for sugar and its substitutes I suppose. Okay, final decision, based on what I love the most – sugar. I could sweeten with honey, I suppose.
2) Have a normal-sized oven that heats inconsistently or have a toaster oven that bakes everything perfectly?
At this stage in my family, I’d have to go with the normal-sized oven. It’s hard to do a turkey in a toaster oven, and with aging parents and children getting married, I think the big family dinners are coming my way for a number of years yet.
3) Make something beautiful that tastes terrible or make something ugly that tastes great?
Definitely the latter! Although there have been studies done that show the better food looks to the eye, the more we interpret it as tasting good. That being said, I’d rather eat with a blindfold than have to gag down something gross.
4) Forget to preheat oven or forget to bring ingredients to room temperature.
Ingredients to room temperature! Although my twist on it is heated ingredients that have to cool down. I hate those recipes where you are half way through something, with pots bubbling on the stove and everything going really well, that suddenly says “Add melted butter, cooled.” I have actually re-written recipes in the order I have to do things, so that I don’t have that happen!!
5) Have to measure ingredients by eye or have to guess how long things have been in the oven?
I am to particular to measure by eye - I have to use measuring cups and spoons! And I already have to guess how long things are in the oven, as I’m constantly forgetting to set a timer. So that being said, it’s not that big a deal. I check for doneness no matter what the recipe says, anyway.
6) Win a national baking award or create a recipe that gets handed down for generations?
Definitely the family recipe. I think those are so important to carry on. My husband’s family is Portuguese and I’ve learned to make a number of the dishes his mother does, ones you simply can’t buy in a store. And nothing compares to my grandmother’s butter tarts (although I cheat on the shells). My mother loves to make new recipes (she has a huge chest full of cookbooks) so I have a lot of recipes from her, as well. They have all been modified, of course. We tease her because she often says, “Well, the recipe called for that, but I didn’t have it, so I added that.” But they all turn out delicious!
7) Mix everything by hand or wash all dishes by hand.
I’m going with wash dishes by hand. It’s not my favourite job, but mixing everything without a beater or a blender is just too much work!
That was fun! I really enjoyed it! Now it’s time to hop on over to A.S. Fenichel and see what she would rather do!
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