Friday, October 24, 2008

Baking Prowess...Or Maybe Not

Tonight I decided to bake cookies. I've been dreaming of baking cookies for days now so I scrounged around inside my pantry this evening to see what I had and then I looked online for a cookie recipe.

I found what seemed to be a worthy recipe and I decided to have a go. After I had two dozen cookies in the oven I decided to taste the dough once more and realized that something wasn't quite right. My roommate decided that it needed more salt and after checking the recipe, I realized that although I put in the right amount, it definitely wasn't enough. Great, now I had two dozen cookies that were pretty much worthless because they really didn't taste much like anything at all.

That's when I had a brilliant idea. So after I took the cookies out of the oven and layed them on the tray to cool I got out my salt mill. It's one of those all in one salt mills that has the salt on one end and the pepper on the other. I decided to sprinkle some salt on top of the cookies before they cooled off and so I grabbed my salt mill and went to town turning the bottom. I was practically dancing as I made sure I got every cookie real good. I got real into turning that little mill.

Then I stopped. Something didn't seem right. I never turned the bottom of my salt shaker to get the salt out before... No, I always shook it upside down. That's when I realized, I wasn't turning out salt. I was turning out fresh pepper all over my freshly baked cookies. BAHHHHH!

That's when I exploded with laughter at my obliviousness. I couldn't believe I did that. All the while I was baking I was also thinking about how I would bring some of the cookies on my hike tomorrow with my friend. I imagined how he would be so impressed with my baking prowess and would exclaim, "Wow Colleen, these cookies are delicious! You're a fantastic baker!" And then I would pretend to be all shy and stuff as if it came naturally.

But it doesn't come naturally. I'm a lousy baker. I get it right about half the time and the other half ends up in the garbage. Move over Suzie Homemaker and Betty Crocker, here comes Amelia Bedelia.


Adventurer w/o Borders said...

I love this post. I've decided that you are now my favorite blogger.

~**Dawn**~ said...

You make me laugh, Colleen! Cooking is definitely much easier than baking. Cooking allows room for improvisation & experimentation, and can be forgiving. Baking is an precise science. In this case, I would just blame the recipe for misguiding you. ;-)

Colleen said...

Dawn- it's strange that this is
in fact the case with baking, being all precise and stuff. :(