Parchment paper. I love it. Really that’s what this post is about. Parchment paper and the other little tiny tricks that take cooking from something you do to eat, to something you enjoy doing. When you can make that meal be what you wanted to be.
My first experience with parchment paper came when I learned how to bake German chocolate cake. It was the first thing that I baked in our family that was truly mine. I did stirfry but it wasn’t anything wow. The German chocolate cake. I was the only person who could make it. The funny thing is I hate coconut and I’m not a fan of chocolate cake. I’ve never once eaten my own German chocolate cake.
For me that’s what cooking is. Love. Its not about making something because you like it. It’s about making something because the people around you like it. It’s when I realized that I could take my love of food and implement it into one of my love languages, taking care of people. that is when I think cooking became a passion for me.
I don’t remember why I made my first German chocolate cake. I simply followed the recipe on the back the Baker’s German chocolate bars. Think it was for my mom, it seems like that is something she would like. The rave reviews I got from that cake spoke to something in me. I was proud, knowing it was something that I alone, of all the people in my family. I was the one who could make the German chocolate cake that made my mother smile.
I didn’t really understand why I was using the parchment paper or why I had to cut it out. I was just following directions. Directions that, it turns out, gave a really nice results! No more cake sticking to the pan.
At that point I realized that there is not only the science of cooking. There is also the art of cooking. Two of my favorite thing to tied into something that I could actually do. I’m not an artist although some people told me that my knitting is art. For me is just following a recipe. Along the way I’ve learned, as I learned in cooking, that there are little tweaks that you can make along the way to make a recipe your own. What is a knitting pattern if not a recipe for what to do with yarn?
It’s funny that knitting patterns and cooking recipes are so similar in so many ways and both of them things that I love so much.
This afternoon I went to bake some chicken strips and I pulled out a piece of parchment paper. To me it just tastes better when it’s cooked on parchment paper. The oil doesn’t soak into the strip but makes neat little pools on the paper.
The thing I love is the grandpa has picked up some of my habits on the way and I am starting to see the light come on as he realizes why I do something one way or another. or why I choose one seasoning over another.
To me it took an expression of grandpa’s love for me that he’s learning to do things differently and improve along side me. Were not spring chickens. This is neither our first nor our second rodeo. This is rodeo number three and we both want to get this one right.
And so every now and then I try to blog about this journey. About the path we are taking together in the kitchen and in our home to make this a good strong marriage. It’s the little things that you forget to write down. It’s the little things that mean the most.