I was called out twice by the daughters in the last few weeks in regards to my culinary skills. Ok, I admit to being in a culinary slump and taking the easy way out too often…
Call Out 1: The girls and I are at our monthly Saturday Women’s Breakfast, where in addition to having breakfast together and enjoying a devotional, we also share “skills” with the younger women (yeah, I’m one of the “older” women). This week one of the ladies was doing a hands-on demo and teaching us how to make pie crusts from scratch, and she mentioned “if you need some help with yours, Lynda can help you, too. She makes gorgeous pie crusts – she can do latice and fancy details… I just make plain crusts.” My girls looked at me like they’d never heard such a big lie! Ooops, has it been so long since I actually made a pie crust from scratch that my girls don’t even believe I know how? Not to mention I have not bothered to pass this skill along to them. Ok, no more taking the easy way out with Pillsbury ;o)
Call Out 2: We get home from dinner at my sister’s, which WAS delicious, and Kaity says, Mom, you need to cook fancy like Barb. Ouch. I can cook fancy… if I want to. Yep, yep, yep… time to quit being lazy.
So, this weekend while the hubby was gone for a few days I dug out the cookbooks and told the girls to pick dinner and dessert, and we’d made anything they picked out. Kaity picked Eggplant Mozzarella Towers from the cookbook we bought on our cruise, and Lilly picked Frangipane Apricot Creme Brulee. Mmmmm.
Looks as good as the picture, and tastes as delicious as I remember from the cruise (although, things do taste a bit better when someone brings it to you and cleans up the mess). Unfortunately for Kaity, she found out she does not care for eggplant, no matter how beautifully you dress it up. She’ crazy… it was gooo-oood.
Dessert was a bit sweet for my taste (and that’s saying something!) – but it was fun to make and turned out well also. Not only can I cook, I wield a mean mini-blow torch in the kitchen when it comes time to caramelize the sugar!
So there, girls, I can cook, and promise to quit being so lazy. I’ll even try to use a real recipe at least once a week.
I also still knit – proof of that tomorrow.