Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Does Passion Trump Skill?



I am not a particularly good baker. What I am is an enthusiastic and passionate baker. And I am inclined to believe that those two ingredients can make up for a lack of natural skill or ability to mix and measure with precision. I like to think that with my zeal for baking, I'm making lots of mistakes so that you don't have to. But really I'm just satisfying my own need to play in the kitchen. Of course I could just get all of my recipes from tried and true sites like The Gluten Free Goddess or Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. But that really takes the fun out of it, doesn't it?

It's sort of like a game this way. I mix and beat and whisk. I put a decadently creamy concoction into the oven and then I wait. And wait. And usually wait some more because my gluten free treats always seem to take twice as much time to bake as they should. Finally, with anticipation, I take my cookies, cake, bars, out of the oven and take a bite. I should wait for them to cool, but I never learned the art of delayed gratification. And then? Nine times out of ten I'm disappointed in my creation. Nine times out of ten it does not live up to my expectations. But on that ninth try I get something that makes me happy. Maple cinnamon snickerdoodles or pizza crustApple pie and banana muffins. Blueberry cobbler. The rest of the time? At least I get to practice taking photos.

Okay, eating the failed attempts is not exactly a hardship. 
 



































Gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free whoopie pies. It's like the holy grail. These were good. But my whoopie pie judge has very high standards. When my mom decrees them worthy, you'll be the first to know.


Was this a cookie? A scone? Who knows. It was supposed to be a cookie, but with gluten-free baking...nothing ever turns out quite the way I expect it to.



























Luckily, I've discovered one thing I can make that works every time. Stay tuned...

13 comments:

hunterslyonesse said...

Everything looks good! Can't wait to see a recipe that worked so I can try it out. :)

Sara said...

I TOTALLY agree with you on all of this. Its not that I have skill, just the passion. Thank goodness my husband has been so patient with all of the failed attempts. The ones that work make everything worth it.

Thanks for making me laugh - its like reading my story through someone else's words :D

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Keep going, Iris. That percentage will go up for sure. Passion will take you to the skills. Look forward to what has worked for you lately! :-)

Shirley

Maggie said...

Love this. I think I am the same way! And I can't wait for the gluten-free (dairy-free? egg-free?) whoopie pies!

saxifrage said...

Those photos do look lovely ;-)

Alea said...

I am reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and chapter 9 is about pursuing passion. She includes the dictate to "forget about results" and instead enjoy the process. I think you have this concept mastered. BTW, when you score, you score big time! We are still using your pizza crust recipe on a weekly basis.

Farty Girl said...

Well darlin'... I know for me passion definitely trumps skill. But I'd never say that about you. Remember your pizza crust? That's a little baking. One of my favorite things about cheffin' it up IS that there are so many failures. The failures keep us coming back. I forget who said it - but fail again, fail better. :)

briogusto said...

hehe. I love your playful approach. When it comes to your reasons for baking, it seems that you do it because you love it. And if you are having fun whilst doing it? Well then, what more can you ask for.

xoxox

Iris said...

Thanks everyone! Alea, I'm so glad you like the pizza recipe! It's one of my favorites too.

halfdozendaily said...

*Drool* Everything looks absolutely scrumptious! I'm sitting here about to go to bed, and now your pics are making me hungry! LOL!!

Juanita said...

I've always believed for the most part that passion trumps skill - and then through the practise of that passion COMES the skill!

I have to say, i.t.o. taking a chance on gluten-free conversion baking, that the cost in SA of wasted gluten-free ingredients can be VERY prohibitive, when things turn out inedibley wrong. The market here for gf stuff is incredibly small, so stuff can cost more than luxury items! It's ridiculous.

WendyGK said...

Beautiful photos, even of the not quite perfect outcomes.

Aubree Cherie said...

I think it does. One of the reasons I like your blog so much is BECAUSE you're so passionate about cooking and baking! :)

And I agree the comments above... you're creations are fabulous and these photos are fantastic!

~Aubree Cherie

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