Learning to cook, mistakes are made along the way. You learn from them and proceed, tweek, and re-hash the recipes you are trying. My first cooking experience was in home economics (sad they don’t even offer this in schools anymore). We were paired up to make pudding. Uh, not hard right? Wrong! I messed up. Our teacher was graceful (I bet she laughed about this in the teacher’s lounge) and gave us a B. My cooking partner was so mad, she was a perfectionist and was more culinary than I. She never wanted to be my partner for anything ever again. It was so nasty. But I learned from it and try to prevent anyone making the same mistake I made and have never made this same mistake again.
My partner and I followed the recipe to a T. I was adding the salt and was pouring it over the pot/bowl, and you guess it, the salt all decided to let go into the teaspoon putting a tablespoon or more into it. Because home economics was less than an hour long with instruction, there was no time to remake. I wonder if this is as memorable for the teacher as it was for me. So, note to self, pouring ingredients should not occur over the recipe area or over the cooking vessel. Even today, I measure my salt over the sink. It is the little takeaways like this in cooking that teach so much and last forever. I have made less memorable mistakes along the way, but this is the one story that is now and forever in text for my children to know my wonderful, wholesome cooking was not always the wonderful procurement that it is today. Children, when you read this, try making a batch of pudding and add a bunch of extra salt and have the same taste of my past.
Post Script: I always make pudding from the box now. I am not one to go for the easy out, but this one is better left to the box.
With the fast pace life of today, some cooking traditions are falling by the way side. Fast is first, taste is second, and healthy is dead last. So, I have created a blog accidentally. The food published on this site is intended for a homemade cookbook, scrapbook style. For the life of me I cannot get my act together to submit my recipes to a website with my pictures and create my cookbook for my family. So I am putting them out on a WordPress server to keep them safe for years and for them to use and remember. If you happen by, welcome. Please sit and stay awhile. Use my recipes and taste my samples from the connivence of your home. You will not be disappointed!