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29 September 2014 @ 01:00 pm
Baking, Baking, Not-Baking  
It's been a great few weeks for making food. Krissy got an excellent vanilla-themed cookbook for her birthday and I've been making stuff from it.

I have now, for instance, made Panna Cotta (twice), and made Boston Cream donuts from scratch, including the pastry cream and frying the donuts myself. Also, oatmeal white-chocolate-chip cookies and ganache to turn them into cookie sandwiches.

This is in addition to various non-dessert cooking I do. Having kids has been great for my cooking, mostly as a result of getting more practice.

Of course, it hasn't been perfect for the kids even with all the desserts -- and even though they turn out not to like Panna Cotta much :-) They tore up the planters full of various food plants and flowers in the back yard, and I caught Shanna as she was trying to cut through the swing ropes with a hedge clipper.

So: I'm cooking more, kids are grounded.

How are you all doing?
meganmh75 on October 1st, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
danged creative kids; cutting through swings with hedge clippers indeed!

I actually feel like having kids has done the opposite for our cooking. Our kids have limited willingness to try things (although the seven year old is getting better enough to give me hope), so we don't cook the range of things we used to. We also don't cook my favorite things (various ethnic spicy foods, or hearty vegetarian foods). Since time is tight, and dinner is even more stressful when we want our cooking to be appreciated, we tend to cook a lot of whatever is really quick and easy and healthy(ish).
Noahangelbob on October 1st, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
I get the impression that Krissy's experience is more like yours. She really doesn't enjoy the cooking much.

I've always enjoyed cooking, and on good days it's something to do with the kids.

They're trying to be picky lately, but mostly we just don't let them :-)

We do have some things we don't cook much as well -- mixed egg-and-stuff scrambles come to mind, and yeah, spicy foods are often not favorites. Certain vegetables. But we occasionally make 'em try it, and we occasionally cook those things just for us and let them opt for something different if it's easy (e.g. pasta or leftovers.)
meganmh75 on October 1st, 2014 05:56 am (UTC)
Yeah - our kids are are picky beyond belief*. There is nothing that sucks the joy out of food quite as much as six straight years of tortuous dinners. Its actually something that is sometimes upsetting to me, because we used to really enjoy cooking, as individuals and together. Not to mention eating.

Now, they do like desserts, and they like baking. I think a Vanilla themed cookbook sounds really great. Also, pots of edibles sound great, too.

(*Okay, kid number one was picky enough to merit medical intervention. Kid number two doesn't really seem to be as picky about food, but he doe love to be obstinate. Kid number three quite likes food, but she's immersed in the behavior from numbers one and two, and is two to boot. I am assuming there is hope; kid number one is on her way to becoming a foodie, kid number two has managed to turn around some of his most contrary behavior already in his life, and kid number three will find more creative ways to challenge us, I assume.)

inflectionpointinflectionpoint on October 3rd, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
I'm doing poorly. Going to just withdraw till it passes.