April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
You know what they say. You fall off a horse, you gotta get back on. I’m not so good at that getting back on the horse stuff. I fall off a horse and that’s the end of equestrianism for me. Like WC Fields said: No use being a damn fool about it.
But let’s face it. This is cooking. And I neeeeeeeed to cook. What am I going to do if I can’t cook? Become the coocoocrocheter? I can already see it. Every Thursday I’ll start researching doily patterns. And on Friday night I’ll lay out my wool and those hooky needles and maybe, ooh! ooh!, those little bitty glass beads you tie to the ends! … Please. Someone. Kill me now.
So cooking it is. But thanks to Allison and my parents I didn’t have to get up on that pony without some tools to boost my first ride. And I got seriously cool tools for my birthday. Allison raided yuppiechef for a pasta maker and an ice cream maker and my parents did two shopping trips to find me the perfect kitchen torch.
The best part is, with my fragile culinary self esteem still firmly in place, new tools were the perfect antidote. There’s no shame in screwing up with a new tool. Hell, it’s practically compulsory. I mean, if it just works effortlessly the first time you kinda think, well hey, I could’ve done that myself! I also kept the recipes short and simple. Very low key. Very unlike me. But of course, this IS me. And thus, inevitably, vanilla ice cream became chocolate silk ice cream, crème brûlée became coffee crème brûlée and tagliatelle became ravioli.
Agh, whatcha gonna do. You can’t keep a coocoocook down for long. I stopped cooking and it just made me feel worse so I started again. Like WC Fields said: No use being a damn fool about it.
LEEK AND MOZZARELLA RAVIOLI WITH CHILLI TOMATO SAUCE AND BASIL CREAM
COFFEE CRÈME BRÛLÉE
CHOCOLATE SILK ICE CREAM
You can find these recipes at http://thecoocoocook.blogspot.com xx