breakfast brunch yesterday for the ladies at my scrapbook weekend. I decided to make a scramble with eggs, diced potatoes, onions and peppers, then top with cheese and call it good. I made bacon, as well.
It was good, but along the way it caused me no little anxiety. I burnt the first batch of bacon by forgetting it was in the oven. The potatoes were slightly burnt; the eggs took way too long to cook; the cheese melted and got sticky. It was tasty, but it ended up looking pretty unappetizing and hit the table about 45 minutes later than I (and the hungry people) anticipated.
I am not sure what makes cooking so difficult for me.
Okay, strike that; I am trying to be more positive. How is this: I bet I will get better at cooking with practice! (and I sure do need some serious practice!)
What could possibly have been the problem with such an easy breakfast plan? Why, thank you for asking. Basically, I get the idea of cooking. There is a
recipe set of instructions. You follow them. You get the end result: food. Pretty straightforward.
Yet, somehow, the time management piece of cooking has always tripped me up. I get excited and dive into a recipe without being sure I have all the ingredients I need. I get going on one dish, only to have another dish burn. I put things in the oven, forget about them (out of sight, out of mind), and they burn. I burn myself. (Okay, that’s space management, not time management.) I can never seem to time the main dish and any/all sides to be done simultaneously. I am the one still in the kitchen stirring the gravy when Thanksgiving dinner is over and done with. I am not good at juggling all the separate tasks.
So, you may be asking, if I can’t really cook, what do we eat? We eat stuff that only needs basic assembling. Tacos are easy because you really only have to cook one thing: the meat. Everything else can be prepared and then left until the meat is done. This is my kind of food. We also eat in stages quite a bit, cooking one thing from start to finish, eating it, and then going on to cooking the next course. This can make the whole dinner process take ages.
For a person who has such issues with cooking, I have a surprising number of gadgets and cookbooks. Well, I guess it’s not that surprising, considering a) I love gadgets and I love books, and 2) I think many people acquire things that they think will assist them in areas of challenge. The magic bullet, if you will. (Not the trademarked small appliance…) If the answer to my cooking needs could be purchased from Pampered Chef, I would have had it long ago.
What I need are cookbooks that have set menus and built-in timelines so that I know when to start each step. Someone should market these and make millions.
- I’m grateful! for Bethany and Melissa, my Girl Scout co-leaders, for their great company and hard work. I’m super mega grateful for this little tiny laptop, too. I love it.
- I’m lighter! I processed a huge stack of mail tonight. I also tried to backup the old laptop, but of course it blue-screened before it was anywhere close to done. AND… ta da! I was only 4 minutes late to Girl Scouts.