So, hello there, and welcome to my blog! I also have a delightful and informative website all about baking and pastry: Pastry Chef Online. It needs a little love, and I am working on it, but in the meantime, here I am! I just read on the lovely WordPress site that they alone host almost 4.5 million blogs! That only covers their corner of the blogosphere–there are TypePad folks, Live Journal folks, Blogger folks and on and on. So, what makes this blog stand out from the crowd?
Here’s my angle: I can’t tell you how many times people have asked for recipes for this, that or the other cake, bread or pie. While I am happy to send someone a recipe, it brings to mind the old Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish, and he eats for the rest of his life.” If I hand you a recipe, I might as well have handed you a fish. If, on the other hand, I teach you a method, I have taught you to fish. In a manner of speaking, that is.
If I give you a recipe for peach pie filling, you might run off to the farmer’s market and rocket past all the beautiful blueberries, or blackberries, or snozzberries. Shopping for ingredients for a recipe is like shopping with blinders on. You’ll pass by all the possibilities in search of peaches. Must. Find. Peaches. Do not. Deviate. From Plan. But if I can teach you an easy method for putting together a pie filling that is foolproof, will always taste good and is very easy to do, don’t you think you’d be excited to get in the kitchen and experiment with whatever fruit(s) looked good at the farmer’s market that day? With sound methods and techniques and knowledge of ingredient function under our belts, the world is our oyster. Um, dessert buffet. Stay tuned for all the tips and tricks, methods and techniques you’ll need to help you feel confident in the kitchen.