Today I spent some time baking an extremely difficult recipe with my incredibly cool friend, Kelsi. As we went through the process of toasting coconut (burning it the first time and dang…..it STUNK!) whipping egg whites, incorporating butter, and 250 degree simple syrup to create a buttercream frosting….we talked. We talked a lot actually. We discussed my gal-pals personal life and what was going on in her incredibly hectic nursing world. We also chatted about how I am doing with the process of creating life, acupuncture, family, and a job that seems to get more and more demanding by the day. Really, we covered it all. Yes, we may have even gossiped, about what…. I will never tell!
Then…..something came up. Kelsi said “what are you going to write about on this blog entry?” I was really surprised that I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. I said something like “maybe about how hard the coconut was to toast or how important it is to read the directions if you are making buttercream frosting.” or something lame like that. Kelsi said she thought that I should talk about cooking with “love.” Now, I am not one of those hokey people who gets into sprinkling things with an “extra dash of sunshine” but my ears perked up. She went on to explain that as a single girl she doesn’t cook a lot, just simple meals for her self, but if she is cooking for other people, entertaining, she slows down, she is conscientious and wants it to be perfect. She wants people to feel that she cares, to feel loved.
You know how someone says something simple, and you just kind of stop in your tracks and realize that a huge truth is in front of you? I really understood what she said. I try to explain to people all the time about baking and cooking and what it does for me…the calmness of chopping something perfectly, how the smell of cookies baking makes a house a home, how spending 3 hours on cinnamon rolls and putting one on a plate then watching my husband devour it in 3 seconds absolutely fills me with a joy that is overwhelming. I spend most of my free time in my kitchen, pouring over cookbooks, making our regular meals, trying new recipes, but I rarely pick something because it is something I like. I pick food for other people. I actually have really simple taste. But working with all those crazy, strange and interesting ingredients is so seductive! Creating something that you know your friends will love is heaven!
EPIPHANY OF THE DAY:
For Missy…..Cooking and Baking is Love
One last note. After you have attempted and failed to make buttercream frosting…pull 2 tubs of pre-made out add some coconut extract, and ice that sucker up. More to come. I will post the recipe and photos when my new site is up and running. Tata food-friends!