Sometimes you feel like you’ve had such a bad day that you just need to do something that will make you feel better… anything to get your mind off of all the bad things and just focus on what you are doing in the moment. Baking is that thing that helps me get through those bad times. I feel like no matter what I bake, I have a recipe right beside me to help me out.
Apple pie is just one of those desserts that I either really love or just can have a couple bits of. You might think that sounds a bit crazy, but you’ll find out why very soon. So you know there are, at least in my books, two types of pie eaters: one who loves the filling and one who loves the crust.
You know that feeling when you wake up from a bad dream, that you just know … “Today is going to be a bad day.” Even though nothing terrible happened to me today, I felt like nothing good happened today. My dream just set the mood for the whole day. Whenever I get bad dreams, sometimes I think “why can’t I just not dream at all!?” That terrible dream where you are being chased for (what seems like) no reason just doesn’t put you in the right mood for a whole day at work.
I’ve enjoyed how much simpler my life in the kitchen has become ever since I got a stand mixer. I can multi-task whenever I need to mix something and not have to stand there. It’s such a simple tool, but so helpful. I’ve had this stand-mixer for over a year, but it still amazes me how I lived without it. My stand mixer came with the three usual attachments: paddle, whisk, and hook. I’ve used the first two numerous times, but I’ve never used the hook. I hear how tough it is to bake with yeast because you pretty much need to babysit the dough. However, D- encouraged me to finally make some bread with the hook.
Baking is such a fun hobby to take on. Not only do you get to enjoy yourself by doing what you love, but your friends and family can enjoy them too. They’ll secretly love you more (than they already do of course 🙂 ). Since I don’t have much family and friends around me, I either give them to my co-workers and/or D-‘s co-workers. It boosts up morale in the office and you get to hear what people think of them. I love how I can bake treats for D- and his co-workers because with much stress at work, there’s a little glimmer of happiness when treats are being passed around.
I first got these little ramekins months ago when I went on a shopping spree at Cost Plus World Market. I seriously can spend a good few hours in that place. I’ve been meaning to make some kind of pudding in these, but life got in the way.
But an opportunity arose, and I took it. I was having this big lunch at my home with my parents and my boyfriend, D. this past weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year, and it dawned on me that morning that I didn’t have any dessert planned for it. So I grabbed my trusty Everyday Food cookbook and found a wonderful recipe to use.