19
Jun
13

6.19.13 … “Curiosity kills the cake” …

Health Maven’s, NYTimes.com: I just found this one fun … secret lives!

Pastry making has also made me a more mindful cook. It’s a meditative process, and I love the detached state of mind it requires, which is completely different from what I experience in my normal cooking life. When I test my recipes I’m more emotional; my heart beats faster. I can feel spent after a day in the kitchen developing and testing five different recipes for farro pilaf or summer bean salads.

But when it comes to pastry, I don’t think too much as I weigh ingredients and follow the method. (Forget about cups and measuring spoons if you want to succeed in pastry; get a scale and set it to metric, which enables you to get the most exacting measurements.) I’m working with what are essentially chemical formulas that experienced pastry chefs have worked out through much trial and error. If I fiddle, as I do with the cumin, salt, garlic or vinegar I’m going to use to season those summer bean salads, I might upset the chemical balance of the ingredients, and the success of my pastry will be in jeopardy.

And I can’t taste as I go along. I can’t even open the oven door to see how things are going. (Or rather, I shouldn’t. As Jacquy says, “Curiosity kills the cake.”)

This doesn’t mean that there’s no art involved, that I can’t substitute cherries or strawberries for the raspberries in my tart, or almond flour for the hazelnut flour. But I will be precise in my substitutions.

via A Health Maven’s Sweet Secret – NYTimes.com.


0 Responses to “6.19.13 … “Curiosity kills the cake” …”



  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 630 other followers

June 2013
S M T W T F S
« May   Jul »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

%d bloggers like this: