I remember smirking at women who baked! Those women who had children ahead of me. I would smirk when they mentioned they had baked the tasty treat we were eating. I would joke to anyone who would listen, that if I ever get like that – shoot me.
The gun is loaded now!
I have begun to bake! It started with the gift of a “Children’s Cook Book” for my son’s birthday two years ago. Okay so it challenged the gender stereotypes, which was good. But I wondered if I would ever use it. I sighed and put it on the shelf with the other decorative books, er, I mean cook books.
I had cooked and baked a lot as a teenager growing up on a farm in rural Ireland – no choice really. But when big cities called, the weighing scales were put away. Why would I waste my time baking, when I could just as easily buy buns, cakes, flapjacks?
Well if redundancy has taught me one thing – value isn’t all about saving money.
My son is a particularly picky eater and is wary, verging on suspicious of new food. Is is like a scene from CSI when a new food is introduced – samples taken, texture tested, smelled – and then the summing up is delivered – ‘don’t like it!’
So when I read @annabelkarmel saying that to introduce new foods, it’s a good idea to bake with kids. So I began with chocolate buns – immense hit. He sits now and licks the bowl with a spoon – priceless.
Then I ventured into flapjacks – I wondered perhaps they were too healthy with all that wonderful low GI porridge. Again complete success. Home made pizza’s soon followed as did, chocolate mousse and finally the chocolate gateaux.
Somewhere in the process of the baking, I realised that spending time together, making memories and killing time when the rain pours outside, is key to my relationship with my kids. I hope they will remember these baking days: sharing, weighing, laughing, licking lips, tying apron strings and eating together.
So yes it may only costs cents to bake 48 chocolate muffins, but the value of spending time together is truly priceless. So, yes, to anyone who will listen -I BAKE!!