Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thinking Out Loud


I learned many things from my mother when I was a kid. 
I enjoyed spending a lot of time with her in the kitchen.


And since there were a lot of 'mouths to feed', Mom was always baking something for 
all those hungry bellies! 


I, even at that age , noticed that she was happy when she baked 
and this was reflected in the final product. Mom's baked goods seldomly failed.


So whenever I need some 'focusing' and to get my mind off of things for a while,
I find myself where else but in the kitchen baking.


A 'learned behavior' for sure and a good one too!
Especially when the gingerbread turns out the way it ought to.



40 comments:

  1. Jim, did you bake your gingerbread in a glass dish? It looks so tasty. When I was young, I didn't spend much time in the kitchen, and was mostly either in the cowshed, helping do hay,silage, feeding out, bringing in the cows to milk, or other things. Now I do like baking, and will send you a delicious recipe for apricot slice!!! Cheers from Jean.p.s. so yummy, you might need to make 2 lots.

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    1. I most always use glass when baking Jean. Things come out better for me when I do.

      Oh yes, thanks for those recipes too. They look delicious.

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  2. oh wow i can smell it from here, just need a bit of custard to go with it now :P

    Charlene and Stormy
    xxx

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    1. Hey you two! I grew up with having applesauce and whipped cream on it. But have gotten to like a lemon or a rum sauce on it too!

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  3. It's 10 to 7 in the morning. I am starting my holiday with a cup of coffee and reading blogs. Now I am craving gingerbread with my coffee. It looks so delicious.

    I am happy when I am baking too.

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    1. Then Chania, what better time to be happy and start baking than on holiday!!

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  4. Mmmm...mmmm... Are you planning to share with us, Jim? This would go great with the coffee I'm drinking right now. I also enjoy being in the kitchen when I need to focus. It keeps my mind away from things that are bothering me, and I produce something great for the family. Win-win!

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    1. Youare correct Martha. It is a win-win, especially when it turns out.

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  5. Mmmmm....that looks absolutely delicious!!

    I, too, am happiest when I'm in my kitchen, whipping up something for the oven. The easiest way for me to show people my love is to cook/bake for them. Haven't had any complaints yet. ;-)

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    1. Hi Lisa, isn't it interesting that we always love to get homemade baked goods over some other things. Maybe it all this 'good energy' that is put into it?

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  6. Hello Jim,
    What happy homely photographs, I can imagine the nostalgic smells which take you back to childhood... I am also very happy when baking. Thanks.
    Ivan

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    1. Ivan, you are so fortunate to be doing something you love to do as a profession and a home chef.
      As is evidenced in your recipes on your blog, you certainly know the 'language' of cooking/baking.....much like an immersion in another culture that you have managed very successfully.

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  7. Your Mom had it right. There are a few "chores" that, if you love them you can find peace in. Glad you were inspired.

    That gingerbread looks delicious!

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    1. Yes Sharon my mother knew what to do that would make her feel better.......looking at all our faces eating her baked goodies! I don't think she ever looked at it as a chore most of the time.

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  8. The magic of transformation and love in a pan!

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    1. You nailed it Debra! There was one particular chocolate cake/pudding mom would make that is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE! I could have eaten the whole pan but that would have created a ruckus.

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  9. Ah yes - baking is magical and you can eat that magic...

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  10. Your pictures literally made me salivate! I love baking too - especially pie. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. When I lived in Smith's Cove when I was in 5th grade, I'd stop by Great Grammie's on the way home from school. She would give me homemade bread and butter. My brother and cousins got pie or other goodies. I learned how to bake my own goodies! In G.G.'s defense - she was widowed at a young age with four small girls. She always said it was women who were the strong ones.

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    1. Now you have me thinking Louise! My grandmother made the BEST chicken soup in the world!! Nothing fancy but very tasty.

      Smith's Cove.....love it down there. You must then have a few local recipe books, eh? We have a few of these that we got from our mother's cupboard. One is hand-written.

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    2. There must be some cool recipes in that hand-written cookbook. I have quite a few recipes from my family. It's always connecting to make them. The recipes bring back so many memories of people who are gone.

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    1. That was exactly what I needed on that particular day, Terry.

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    1. Right on John! I like using glass more than tin/aluminum.

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  13. I can almost smell it. Your photos are beautiful and transport me to your mother's kitchen. Magical!

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    1. I KNOW you must have picked up a thing or two from your mother, so now's the time buster to show your skills!! lol

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  14. I love to see you cooking in Pyrex! It all looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Mick! As you know you can't beat Pyrex in the kitchen!!

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  15. gingerbread and applesauce and whipped cream.....yum....

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  16. I can smell it, and it smells delicious!

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  17. I can just imagine how delicious that was. I love it!

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