Back to Basics, are we really???
I like to think of myself as a “back to basics cook”. When it comes to cooking a meal for my family, I love to start from scratch using fresh local produce wherever possible. If you want pancakes for breakfast why use Aunt Jemima or bisquik when we have
so many easy recipes at our fingertips.
Don’t get me wrong I am not saying that I don’t cheat occasionally; in fact one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes starts life in a box (well two, actually)…
Last night I was lying in bed in the middle of the night unable to sleep, it was one of those crazy moments when your body is so tired, but your brain has other ideas!!! Anyway I got to thinking, how could I possibly even remotely think of my self as
being back to basics when I have every kitchen gadget going. I will only bake on stoneware; my pots and pans have to be Le Creuset. I will only use German Forged steel knives. Mr. Bingley (KA food processor) and Mr. Darcy (KA mixer) are part of the family!
I have a bread machine, Ice cream maker, oh the list just goes on and on…
I thought back then to my dear Grandma Harris, the wonderful lady who passed her love of cooking on to me. (Grandma Tunstall, my other Grandma was a wonderful Lady too, in fact she was one of life’s true angels, but it was Grandpa in that family that
did the cooking). I thought about her kitchen, it was as far removed from the gourmet kitchen I have here as you can imagine. In fact she didn’t have any counter space, all her prep work, mixing, baking etc was done right on the kitchen table. She certainly
had nothing but the basic wooden tools (our earth friendly bamboo not being available) but of course her biggest asset was of course her hands… Those hands created some of the most lightest sponge cakes I have ever tasted the perfect piecrusts and everything
was always made with love.
I do not think of myself at all as an expert cook and very much the intermediate, but take away all my gadgets and gizmos and really what type of cook am I. A beginner, I would not know where to start if I didn’t have Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley to work
So my next thought was should I really try and cook like grandma did, and really be a back to basics cook (this last thought was about 3am in the morning). It took me all of one minute to think this little thought over, not on your life. I love all the
tools out there on the market, even though they do overfill our cabinets and drawers. So I came to the conclusion yes I do adore cooking, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I would just prefer to stay the lazy cook that I am…
Thank you for reading my blog, if you have a few moments, I have a few questions for you?
What kitchen gadgets can you not live without?
Did you buy any gadget that lives in the drawer or cabinet with little use?
Money no object, what kitchen gadget would you love to own?
Did a family member inspire you to cook?
I am so looking forward to reading how many of you foodies out there are like me, or how many of you use your own hands to create your masterpieces…
Grandma's wherever you are now, I just want you to know that not a day goes by when I don't miss you and love you more. God bless, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers...