“Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.”

15 Feb

As you’ve probably figured out, I love baking and cooking, baking more so.

There’s nothing like trying out new recipes with different ingredients, or even just working with what you’ve got.

Last night, a friend and I decided to make cheesecake.  What an absolutely failure that was.

We couldn’t figure out why it failed.  At first she kept blaming me for over filling the paper liners, which I knew couldn’t have been the problem.  Sure it was a problem but it wasn’t the problem.  There’s no way over filling the liners could have resulted in the cheesecakes not rising properly. Regardless, after making the most horrific looking cheesecakes, I gave up.  On top of attempting to bake them twice.  Don’t ask why..I just thought that might work.  It didn’t.

So when I got home, I decided to Google “spreadable cream cheese”, as that’s what we used instead of bricks.  We figured that was the smarter, more frugal, way to go.

Turns out, spreadable cream cheese does not make a great cheesecake.  Or a cheesecake at all.  See!  Not my fault, the over filling wasn’t what caused them to not rise properly.  Yay.  You’ve no idea how happy I was, and right away I decided to text her.  Unfortunately she’s at work, which means she won’t see my message right away.  Darnit.

I will say this though, the Dalai Lama said it right, “approach love and cooking with reckless abandon”.  Sticking to the norms and not trying things out will only keep you hidden from experience.

However, learn from my mistake, do not use spreadable cream cheese to make a cheesecake.



3 Responses to ““Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.””

  1. DPC February 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    At least you tried! I tried making a strawberry cake once without a recipe and that was a disaster. Let’s just say that it flew out the window (it really did) and I learned that when it comes to baking, you have to be precise and have a recipe. That’s why I would rather cook and make things up as I go along :)

    • denise February 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Oh no. That’s awful. That poor cake!!
      Did you ever figure out what it is that went wrong?
      I’ve had a few failures in the last few months but I’m just such a perfectionist that I always have to figure out where I made the mistake. For example my Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes …Those were originally suppose to be Top Hat Cupcakes – my frosting didn’t turn out:(.

      I do agree though, cooking is excellent for that, you can always dilute or add more.

      • DPC February 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

        I have no idea what went wrong with the strawberry cake — probably just poor proportions of the ingredients. :) I hear you though about wanting to solve the mystery and do it right next time.

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