My niece wanted to bake a chocolate cake to surprise her boyfriend this weekend. I decided to practise Eli's Jewish chocolate cake recipe again. I bought all the ingredients but she did everything else. She is the epitome of an extra virgin baker. She would consider spreading butter on bread as a major culinary feat. She can't make instant noodles to save her own life but here she was, braving all the kitchen elements in the name of love. Youth - gotta love 'em.
|Separating the eggs was stressful for her. This was after measuring out|
all the different ingredients. I think she did a good job on the eggs.
|Even sieving flour is new to her.|
|Boiling whipping cream to prepare the ganache|
|Piping for the first time with a ready-made tube|
|Her hands trembled so much but she still managed many good flowers.|
Overall, tremendous effort by my dear niece. Her boyfriend better appreciate this!
For me, it's been a strange sort of day helping the children kidney patients to cook in school and helping my niece with this cake, conscious all the time that just less than 6 months ago, I could not cook or bake a thing.
Now I think it's unacceptable not to be able to do some basic cooking in life. It's a life skill that every human being should acquire. And it's an activity we should make time for in our lives. To me, a half-baked cake made at home is better than one out of the factory. I am certainly going to make more time to learn to cook in the kitchen.