I love baking, but I know that I bake in a particular way that isn’t the same as everyone else. Here are my kitchen confessions.
I love order and organisation– that’s my shelf in the kitchen with different flours and sugars and so on. However, I rarely have enough energy to maintain that kind of organisation. I’m learning to live with the happy medium of the inspirational ideal and the realistic necessity. So the shelf…..it’s never that tidy.
I’m extraordinarily messy when I’m baking. Some people like to take ingredients out, and put them back when they are done, tidying as they go. Not me. Everything goes everywhere when I’m baking…except in the cupboard or the bin.
I cannot be doing with cups for measuring out ingredients. Give me nice, precise electronic scales, even for the recipes that I could bake blindfolded.
Due to the above, I know cups to grams conversions for most baking ingredients by heart. Which is probably the reason that I struggle to remember my pin number.
I bake in silence, no music, no radio, nothing. It’s a rare and slightly meditative joy to have silence whilst doing a practical task – I find it really refreshing.
I structure my day based on meals and snacks, and most of my memories are created around good meals that I’ve had in good company.
I’m a bit of a bakezilla – I don’t share the kitchen well. I’m happy to have help with preparing ingredients when cooking, but I really struggle with people being around when I’m baking something complicated. It’s a bit of a personal, sacred space for me.
I love the process of baking more than I love the end result. Let me bake something mad and complicated in a quiet kitchen one afternoon and I’ll be happy for weeks.
I often bake from colour rather than taste. I’m in a pink mood at the moment and pining for rhubarb or raspberries.
Other people enjoying my baking means more to me than getting to taste something myself. If I was a hermit, or was completely isolated and cut off from others, I wouldn’t cook or bake at all.
What are your kitchen confessions? Do you have particular quirks in the way you cook or bake?