Never will I call myself Julia Childs. Hell, I have burnt spaghetti noodles on more than one occasion. I have wiped sauces from the ceilings, had explosions in the refrigerator, scraped the burnt topping off many food items. When I lived in town I never even hooked up the gas in my flat and at one point I was Swiggy's number one food delivery client in Bombay. I could go on and on, but you get my point; I'm no Julia Childs.
Had I been placed into quarantine in my home in Bombay you might find me writing food delivery reviews or doing the extreme opposite by scavenging my kitchen for anything eatable and posting photos asking if it could be eaten raw or not. But thankfully I am not stuck to survive on my own and have a good set-up where I am being fed regularly and fed very well. However, there are days where I have found myself venturing into the kitchen to entertain myself with performing chemistry experiments by baking. Baking is chemistry and anyone can follow a set of directions, right?
I have managed three recipes so far in the baking department.
I don't think there is one special recipe over the other on this drink. But I could be wrong. Likely I am. I am no Julia Childs.
Outcome: By the end of this lockdown I will be a fully qualified barista. I can make froth and foam, coffees hot and cold. I have also learned to make espressos and americano's that don't come from a Nespresso machine!
Outcome: I would love to try this recipe again with the modifications of milk, flour, and more banana. I loved how moist it came out and everyone who tried it actually loved the flavour, I am just determined to make it better and master this damn oven no one has been able to bake properly from yet.
The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!
I have never in my life baked a cookie so perfectly before! I must give credit though, because I probably would not have if there weren't three of us doing this baking experiment together. These were the most amazing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. We put a big effort into this kitchen project. From chilling times to convection or not decisions, proper moisture ratio, mixing and folding of the ingredients and the chilling of the baked cookie; we went all out.
I started with researching recipes and I found the highest rated recipe which had been posted only 3 days previous and had a 5.0 rating. (Apparently this chick Averie is good. The recipe already has over 10k likes). I presented the recipe and we all agreed to give it a shot and this what I can say about it...
Outcome: We will be making more. We are itching to make more, but don't want to go overboard by making cookies our staple survival meal. The recipe is perfect on every level and not to be adulterated.
Because I don't have an oven in my own home in Bombay, baking right now has been a novelty. I am certain I will not be immediately purchasing an oven as soon as I am allowed to go home either. However I am delighted with the results of my baking experiments so far: one perfect success, one which needs a little revising and the other you can't really go wrong. It has given me a little bit more confidence around the kitchen and I will continue to play around, have some fun and contribute to the flour shortage the world now has. On that note, be well and...Bon Appétit!