Prompt for December 26: Soul Food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?
When I was little, I was a super picky eater. Super picky. And I required ketchup on just about any meat before I would eat it. I would not touch a salad and the idea of eating onions turned my stomach. I would not try anything, so I often ended up with my own meal of several mixed together cereals.
I suppose my extreme pickiness is what prevented me from really caring about the idea of a meal. If my mom or dad was working late or there just wasn’t any time to get anything together, we often had Make Your Own dinner night – my favorite night. Then I could just eat a bowl of cereal or come crackers and cheese or an apple with peanut butter. And that was my meal. I never really felt like I needed or wanted more than just that. I was a nibbler anyway.
Not my sister. Oh, no. Girlfriend wanted a MEAL. She is a chicken and potatoes and rice and bread kind of girl. She wanted a real dinner, a hot meal. So I suppose that is why she can cook and I can’t. She would actually make herself something – mac and cheese or nachos or quesadilla – while I munched on a bowl of Grapenuts and raisins.
Since I showed no interest in needing a real meal, I never had any interest in cooking. I would prefer to nibble on this and that, assembling my food rather than cooking something that required more than three ingredients and a cooking apparatus.
So this prompt is hard for me because, really, I am not so much into cooking or meals. But I am into baking. Baking to me is so much more rewarding than cooking. Everyone wants leftover baked goods. And I made so many yummy ones this year, that it is hard to pick just one. I suppose my two favorites are both Barefoot Contessa recipes – the Outrageous Brownies and the Aunt Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. Both of those recipes are requested often, and they both turn out perfectly every time.
I often thought I should try to cook. Maybe I could learn to like cooking. Or maybe I will just stick with cereal.