Saturday, August 13, 2011

Getting Reacquainted With My Kitchen

Lately I have been finding many reasons for me to spend more time in my kitchen. The people that know me well, know that this room is probably the room in the house I spend the least amount of time in.
I swear, if I could make tea anywhere else besides the kitchen, I probably wouldn't know what a kitchen looks like.
I realize this is something I should probably be embarrassed about, you know, being a woman and all.
And I am, but I am not going to deny that I actually like the fact that the Mr can take charge in the kitchen.
I always had this fantasy of marrying a chef one day, and this is the closest I have gotten, so I guess I tend to get a little carried away living my fantasy forgetting that the Mr probably had a fantasy of his own about marrying a girl that would cook for him.... sometimes.

So, I need to do something about this.

I have been watching Master Chef Australia like a bad habit. I swear, it's one of the shows I would probably kill someone over if I missed.
It makes me so excited, hungry too, but mostly excited.

You would think if I enjoy a cooking show that much, the least I could do is practice a recipe or two in the kitchen right?
Well something must have worked, because not so long ago I found myself Googling recipes on the internet.
I was about to move into a new house, and I thought cooking something extraordinary would be a nice little welcome. Three weeks in, nothing.
But that need to do something in the kitchen is still there. Now, I am leaning more towards baking.

I have never really baked a day in my life, and this is quite shameful. I love desserts, and cakes and all things made in the oven, and it's sad that I have to go to the shop every time I have a craving instead of just whip up some amazing mixture and put it in the oven.
This one I will not let go off, so I tried to make a welcome to the new house meal and it failed, this one won't.
And, I need you guys to help me. 

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day trying to find amazing recipes that I could try out. I was looking for simple, yet interesting.
After all that I found namely, nanaimo bars, peanut butter balls, coconut macaroons, yellow butter cake and chocolate crinkles, to name a few.
I decided on chocolate chip cookies.

This is most probably the easiest, and less interesting out of the bunch, I know. But let's face it, they are still the best cookies ever and this is my first time. I want to bake, not create a fire in my house.

I think I have created a challenge for myself, and I accept.
This week next time, I will share my Chocolate Chip Cookie Mission with you, hoping everything goes well.

Wish me luck.

{all images via pinterest}

Any one want to share any baking secrets with me?



  1. I personally have zero baking secrets. I simply haven't found my own to share, nor do I have other's secrets on hand. But these images reeled me in. Looking forward to your chocolate chip cookie mission!

  2. Baking tips...baking tips...when you're making your chocolate chip cookies be sure to measure the flour correctly...if you put too much or too little they turn out kinda funky.

    My favorite, favorite, favorite cookies EVER (as of right now) are peanut butter and JELLY cookies...they are delicious. I have a tutorial on my blog if you want to check them out.

  3. I love cooking, but pretty much abhor baking. However, I use Mexican vanilla when baking cookies. Also, using real vanilla bean pods is a secret of mine. Ssssh, don't tell!

    Happy Comment Love Sunday!

  4. I love cooking and baking but with baking I always follow a recipe -its hard to create onyour own. Visiting from FTLOB! I have some yummy recipes on my blog if your interested stop by.

  5. Baking secrets? You wouldn't want them from me. I tend to burn my baking without explanation. Loved the comment about making tea being your only use for the kitchen though. That part made me smile. Happy seeing beautiful & happy comment love Sunday!

  6. Fingers crossed on finding that Mr. Chef and on those chocolate chip cookies! Visiting by way of ftlob...stop by sometime and say hello...


  7. Thank you so much for the comment love ladies. And of course the baking tips. :) I will be sure to try them out.

  8. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and take them out when they are a little underdone to keep them from overcooking. Most choc chip cookie recipes will have you rest the cookies on the sheet for 2 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.


    Stopping in from FTLOB

  9. Stopping over from Comment Love Day :)
    The last two images had my mouth watering!

  10. You just made me so hungry with all those delicious pictures!
    Good luck on your kitchen adventures!

  11. Good luck on that quest. :) -runs off with that cookie picture now-

  12. Hello, I am running late on comment love day.
    I'm not sure if this counts as a baking tip, but try cutting up your fave choc bars instead of choc chips. I think it would be delish :)


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