My husband can cook. Sorta. He’s generally my prep guy when I need one, and his part of the bargain involves doing the dishes that I’ve dirtied with my cooking and baking.
One of my favorite stories involves him needing diced tomatoes for a recipe he was determined to cook himself. I had a can of whole tomatoes but none diced. He couldn’t use the whole tomatoes (for a recipe that would end up pureed). It made me giggle – cooking is all about the adjustments and the improvisation, but you don’t know that if you don’t live it.
The other day, he was making pancakes for the wee ones. I happened to come downstairs as he was measuring dry ingredients into a bowl. I watched him carefully dip the measuring spoon into the baking powder and pull out a mounded teaspoon. Gingerly, he tried to use his finger to try to scrape off the excess back into the can. Not surprisingly, he missed with a good portion of the baking powder, and it spilled onto the counter.
I watched in silence, with my jaw hanging open.
Maybe it was because my mom’s best and most frequent cooking with my sister and I was chocolate chip cookies. I had that recipe memorized by the time I was four or so. She made it with us all the time, and she taught me everything from how to break an egg to how to mix the dry ingredients.
Apparently she also taught me a skill that I didn’t even realize was a skill. She taught me how to properly measure out baking powder (and soda, for that matter). There is a handy straight edge on the top of each container. You simply drag a full teaspoon along the edge, and voila – a perfectly measured teaspoon!
I’ve now taught my husband this skill, but not before giggling at him a little. It really reinforces how many things are taught when it comes to cooking, so many things that I luckily take for granted.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make me snicker at my husband anyway. Yep, I’m definitely a bad person.
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