Monday, July 7, 2014
Back In The Saddle, Sideways
This is my first non-neutral collage in a while, in a new sketchbook (albeit not the square sketchbook I made recently for neutral collages). I'm big on couches, sofas, chairs ~ comfy places to get off my feet. Quite possibly that's because I don't have a lot of options in my digs. Although, how many couches and chairs does one need, really, as long as there's one you can call home...like my pea green sofa.
I've been cooking up a storm recently. I've been making one cheesecake after another in my quest to bake one to perfection. I've tried several different recipes and they've all been good. But each time something hasn't worked out quite right. I'm going for the texture of a cheesecake I used to bake back in the 1970s, and even though I'm using the same recipe as back then as well as others, I'm still on a learning curve. Today I learned that the finer points of the baking part of cheesecake making are where I need to focus now. Once I have it all together, I'll post my recipe along with the necessary tips to ensure success. If only other recipes gave you the whole story...but now that I understand the science behind it, I think the next cheesecake just might be that perfect one I've been trying for. Meanwhile, I've enjoyed eating and sharing my "failures."
Recipes and knitting patterns have a lot in common. Over the years I knitted up a couple of ranch houses instead of sweaters because I followed the pattern exactly without visually walking through it beforehand. Sewing patterns, too. So many patterns are abysmally written, kind of like the instructions you get for assembling things made in other parts of the world, where the manual was translated by some non-English speaking outfit like Bing.
Although with recipes it's more like, if you don't inherently understand why things work together or how things work, i.e., the science, then a lot of success is just beginner's luck. And I've certainly had my share of beginner's luck with creative endeavors. Who could've imagined that when I talked a couple months ago about wanting to go deeper into something that it would turn out to be cheesecake.