Like many other girls with a penchant for baking and blogging, I was inspired by the movie Julie and Julia to get back into the kitchen (not in the metaphorical sense, though) and re-tie those apron strings (again, I mean that literally).
I've always loved cooking, entertaining, and experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen. I haven't always loved teaching, but I did have a goal this semester to teach at least one cooking class to my students. I fully expected to channel Julia Child in my cooking-- not the spy in China aspect (though I do feel like one, sometimes), nor the strange tenor-falsetto she rambunctiously encouraged her viewers with to seize a freshly buttered raw chicken with vigor. I meant more of those moments where she flopped things out of pans live on the air and simply wiped her hands on her apron and said, "Well, it's no problem because we have a perfect one in the oven!"
I held my first cooking class in April. We made my favorite recipe for banana muffins/bread and chocolate chip cookies. The banana muffins were a huge hit, and a few of my students went out and bought ovens, muffin cups, and most of them are now proud owners of rubber spatulas after I convinced them it's the single most useful tool you'll have in your kitchen.
A few of them came back with stories of their first baking successes and eagerly asked when the second class would be. Call me a pushover... but I couldn't say no to their puppy dog eyes. Class two was on baking apple pie all completely from scratch. They learned how to make the crust, apple sauce, and put it all together to make it look perfect. Like this:
Well, since I was on a baking kick and I wanted to get the most out of my tart tin (as pictured above) and had a bunch of whipping cream, I decided to experiment and make a peach-custard tart.
The picture didn't come out so well, but it was quite tasty and super easy, too!
Today, my students asked again about when our next cooking class would be. I love cooking, but I'm quickly running out of ideas. Any suggestions from my faithful (and few) readers would be gladly welcomed!
Next up: lemon meringue, chocolate cream, and about 500 dates with Jillian Michaels and Billy Blanks.