At 55y/o, I am a new cook. I spent most of my life working as a Trauma-Surgical ICU RN. I was badly hurt in a crash that caused a head and just about everything else injury. Today, I am walking, talking almost normal woman ( some debate the 'normal'part) LOL 13y/s out now I am learning new things I like to do. Working all the time, I had no time for the domestic arts (my ex-husb. would agree). Unable to have kids, I put my all into my passion in trying to keep mostly young people alive if it were in God's will. Waking up in a nursing home, 3 yrs after the accident, I didn't recognize myself. I had a hard time moving and getting a coherent thought out. It is now 13 years later and I am finding cooking to be rather fun, especially baking. Things that make others happy and smile...
My favorite things to cook
Bread is my favorite. I like to handle the dough and feel of it warm and soft under my palms. I am not good at it yet. It has failed to rise to mine or anyone's expectations. I would love to bake sour dough. I am rather isolated here and don't have the starter. I make ok cup cakes. I think the lemon curd was better than the cake though. I guess I surprised folks with the curd in the middle. I want to practice making some holiday cakes. My bread last year was no good so I need a back-up plan with sweets.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom made a Christmas bread that was a cinnamon raisin with an eggs and milk. I have tried to make it without success. My sister was the pie woman but she has been sick. Breast cancer while maybe gone now has left her tired and cranky. My Mom in her 80's now is tired of cooking period. Turkey is something I like helping with and I am trying to write down her cranberry relish technique. Food seemed to bind my family and I hope I can help after my Mom is gone. Living all over the country, I have learned that food prep and meals are so much more than the "Domestic Arts". It is art of keeping families together and a way to share more than a meal. Happiness though cooking to you and yours. Lee
My cooking triumphs
Lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling and 7 minute frosting.
My cooking tragedies
Really bad wheat bread that was 3" then failed to rise at all. Christmas bread that did about the same thing. White dinner rolls that I didn't wake up to punch down and flowed over the pans..what a mess. Good thing for brown and serve I guess!!