October 18, 2008
I am not a very good cook. In fact, I do not enjoy cooking. I do not know exactly why. I have throughout my life lived mostly on my own and never found it interesting to cook meals for myself. And during those times that I have not been on my own, I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by excellent cooks that prepared great meals for me and enjoyed doing so. In fact, my current room mate makes sure my freezer is stocked to the bursting point with containers of wonderful meals that he makes for me on his visits. I am truly lucky that way.
But, with that said, I do LOVE to bake. It is so much more rewarding, I feel. The scent of freshly baked bread or pastry is heavenly and so much nicer than the heavy odor of cooking (that I never seem to be able to get rid off in my house). There is no stress in baking; in fact I find it very relaxing and soothing. When time permits, I bake bread and pies, muffins (cupcakes) and pastry. Cupcakes are so easy, as they are quick to prepare and can be varied in so many ways and can easily be frozen.
Today I baked apple/cinnamon cupcakes (that fit so well the autumn season) and bread roles. It was a perfect day to be inside, as the weather was cold and rainy and it became a baking day, instead of a gardening day.