I try, I do. Several years ago, I took a basic skills cooking class. I am taking a 10 week sewing class now, but in the end I am not domestic. I find cooking, sewing, anything having to do with inside the home, stressful and challenging. I have no domestic skills. Yesterday, I attempted to cook breakfast for my friends. I followed the directions, but the consistency seemed wrong. Then, I thought maybe it was the pan, switching from a regular pan to a non-stick pan. Still fail. I only was able to make eggs and toast.
In 2010, I was living in Philadelphia, and wrote a journal entry about pancakes. I decided to share it with you, for your amusement.
One day in May I decided I am was going to cook something from scratch. I decided it would be pancakes. Everyone can make pancakes. I emailed my brother to send me a recipe on pancakes. He sent me a few recipes; I liked the one that came with pictures. The pictures were visual – one photo demonstrated the ingredients, another showed mixing, followed by pouring onto a griddle, and end result photo.
With my new found knowledge, I went out to the grocery store to buy my ingredients. Of course, at the grocery store I didn’t have the recipe with me, but I figured I could probably remember most of it. First up, eggs – check. Second, milk – well I don’t really like milk but I would give it a try. Third – Baking Soda. Fourth – Flour (what’s the difference between all purpose and the others?) Fifth – Sugar.
Several problems arose here – milk, what type? How much? I asked the guy in the milk aisle – if you were making pancakes how much milk do you need?> his response – well depends on how many you are making, but generally a quart. Ok, so I reach for the quart but then I stop and ask what type of milk, whole milk, skim milk? I don’t even really know what half and half and cream is used for. I asked him then what type? He looked at me a little funny and said it doesn’t really matter. Before I could ask another question, it looked like he was running away.
My next question, would have been, what type do you use? So, without any further assistance I picked up the milk. Next was the sugar, well I didn’t know what type of sugar? Brown sugar, white sugar, powdered sugar, organic, domino? I remember someone telling me not to get Domino sugar because it’s not vegetarian and I remember from the picture that it was white dusty sugar at the end so I bought the powdered sugar.
1st attempt pancakes – problem was the sugar – should have gotten regular sugar because the pancake mix didn’t rise. They were all flat.
2nd attempt packages – didn’t mix the ingredients like the directions said – first dry ingredients then wet ingredients – I mixed them all together at the same time.
3rd attempt – went in the correct order but didn’t mix the ingredients enough, tasted the big pile of salt.
4th attempt – correct ingredients but didn’t taste very good. My friend said it might be because I have an electric stove. I decided it wasn’t the right recipe and will try the “Everyday Pancakes” recipe instead.
I’ve tried 4 times to make pancakes without much success. I am going to leave it to the pro’s and order out.