Having a go.

I am the product of two parents with highly evolved creative skills. Both can, as is said in this part of the world, turn their hands to anything. Father has recently developed a new hobby – making buttons. Mother can as easily tile a floor as knit an aran jumper. She sews. She bakes. She makes cards. She gardens. She is constantly busy. Father, although becoming more frail of late, is joiner, plumber, builder, and also gardener.

All of these tasks are completed with gusto – and attention to detail. All would grace the portfolio of any craftsperson.

You can see, then, that there is something to live up to in our family. Or a reason not to try – to avoid uncomplimentary comparison!

To date, I have fairly well refused to compete. But recently, spurred on by my Guiding Light’s commission to cater (desserts) for a wedding party, I trawled online for a creme brulee blow torch.

Ohhh. Online. That uncritical, ever present seductress. Voicing no nagging doubts about the skills/knowledge gap between me and arrival at that queen of desserts!

So. Object duly delivered. Gas arriving separately.

Recipe available online. Multiple recipes. Multiple chefs giving their versions. All claim to be easy to prepare. Let the experiment begin. The exciting world of the creme brulee has just exploded open to us.

But – yes – you’ve guessed. There really is more to it than first imagined. We were a little disheartened after the first attempt. It has now taken three weeks before today’s, second, try. With a pavlova made to use up the unused egg whites (waste not, want not!).

Even at this stage, though, with both delights still in the oven, I feel sure that I won’t be mentioning this enterprise to mother. And will probably have to do daily trial runs if she’s to admit I’m her daughter!



About xtrekki

OK - I've been doing this for almost a year now and have still not mastered the mysteries of blogging!! WHAT are widgets? What are tags? Where on the dashboard do I find them or an explanation of how I can get them to work for me? In other aspects of my life I am fairly sharp. I could certainly be advisor to Hercule Poirot in unraveling his most impenetrable of cases. So - why oh why can I not figure out how to manage this bloomin' blog???????
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2 Responses to Having a go.

  1. scarlettruby says:

    But think of all the things you do that Mother does not. Decoupage, blogging, trekking, to name but a few. You are a – if not ‘the’ – consumate shopper and I doubt that Mother has yet ventured into the realm of internet shopping – a realm in which you excel. And has Mother abseiled? Differently but no less skilled! Though it would be useful if you had her talent with sewing . . . .

  2. Kileen says:

    You do loads of creative things – but this might well be your greatest success. Is it out of the oven? How was it?? Where’s the photo?

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