When it comes to cooking and baking, I often enjoy the process more than the end result. From deciding what ingredients to use, choosing the ingredient at a favorite market, the earthy aroma that comes from cleaning a vegetable or fruit, to what you can smell chopping and dicing.
Somehow the color palate in mixing is always appealing, and again a whole new aroma emerges in this step that I appreciate and is still unique from the smell of the cooking or baking.
The finished dish is a piece of art in itself that if all goes well deserves to have it’s picture taken to look back on and aim for that same perfection . When it doesn’t turn out as I planned, it then takes on a bit of humor, and it’s back to the chopping block.
I always held Julia Child way up there where I could barely reach her perceived talent, or even attempt to, until I started reading about her and seeing her on TV. I began appreciating her for her “passion” rather than just the talent, and she started becoming approachable to me.
I am definitely not close to Julia Child cooking/baking, but I do enjoy and appreciate preparing my favorite foods.