I got up extra early this morning. Why? Food of course. Today was designated as a baking bonanza day! And since cooking involves science I feel it’s appropriate to share my day here. I’ve been looking forward to this baking exploit for a couple of days. Not only do I get to wear a super awesome apron, but cooking, and especially baking, is a great way for me to relieve stress (I suspect it has something to do with the delicious outcomes). This past week has been kinda hectic for me – I moved in with a total stranger and her 2 cats (one of which I’m pretty sure is plotting my murder), I started my summer job, I’ve been at my parents house since Wednesday, and I’m off my meds. Serious baking therapy required.
While I waited for my parents to vacate the kitchen, I (somewhat over ambitiously) made a list of things I planned to bake:
– Rice Krispie treats (veggie style) – Muffins (2 kinds) – Oatmeal cookies (with chocolate chips) – Peanut butter cookies – Cinnamon rolls – Scones (pumpkin perhaps?)
One of my friends recently “tweeted” about her Rice Krispie treats – making me crave my own. Unfortunately as a vegetarian I can’t eat marshmallows. Fortunately I can eat Mars Bars (similar to the American Milky Way bar – not to be confused with the European version of Milky Way, which is similar to the US 3 Musketeers). Using Mars Bars in place of marshmallows results in a wonderfully chocolate version of the traditional square:
About ½ way through the first batch of cookies I began to wish for a mixer. Still, I think things worked out ok. Before 1 pm I had just fewer than 4 dozen muffins (pumpkin and another kind that need renaming –> as pointed out by my mature friends);
As well as 2 dozen slightly well-done peanut butter cookies and just over 5 dozen oatmeal cookies:
At this point I had finished all the dishes, put stuff away, felt pretty de-stressed, and was thinking that some time reading my book outside in the sun was just what I needed. Scones and cinnamon rolls will have to wait (of course, there’s always tomorrow).