I find cooking and baking therapeutic.
Okay, not the everyday cooking when you have family questioning what’s on offer for dinner, or why haven’t you cooked… or you know I don’t like ….. And not the cooking that comes after a long day when you really don’t have inspiration and you have few ingredients in the fridge.
I mean the cooking and baking that you do because you want to, not because you have to.
Some people find their special time to go to the gym or have their nails done.
Me, one of my indulgences is to puddle along in the kitchen cooking and baking a new recipe even if I know my family won’t really appreciate it or maybe not even eat it. Luckily the fellows at work are happy to taste test for me.
I am only a home cook but my message is that even the home cook, the everyday mum can give those recipes that look a little difficult a try and perhaps you too will find that you can make happiness in the kitchen.
1. Raspberry Chocolate Macarons
This is a packet mix available in the supermarket.
This is a Donna Hay recipe and I am sure she has had lots of practice with souffles and her professional food stylists are much more competent than me.
But even if the berries spill out and over and down the sides of the dish, there is still a sense of accomplishment in making something that rises and looks a little bit pretty.
3. Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake
This cheesecake was on the front of the taste.com Gluten Free Cookbook. Sometimes I just want to make a recipe to see if it is really as easy as the cookbook makes out it is. This was one of those recipes…
This is a recipe from Deliciously Nell. I have to own up and say that I found this wonderfully addictive.
As a gluten free cook, we are often exhausted by the extra efforts we have to go to to make gluten free food : pancakes, bread, muffins, wraps, slices, biscuits. We get a little tired looking for and thinking about new recipes to tempt our gluten free family members.
But remember to set aside a few challenging or exciting gluten free recipes for those days when you can make room for some “me” time.
And enjoy making happiness in the kitchen.
NB Yes, all the above recipes are gluten free.