Today’s prompt is much easier to write about as the answer sprang to mind immediately. The last (physical) thing that I made was a roast chicken, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving, I roasted a turkey and made mashed potatoes, stuffing, and rolls. If you don’t know me, you don’t know how unusual this is as I am not the cook in my house. I do, however, do the holiday cooking.
To make Thanksgiving dinner, I needed a turkey (obviously!), potatoes, bread, dried fruit, onions, apples, flour, vegetable and chicken broth, milk, cider and an obscene amount of butter (Julia Child is my inspiration even if I can’t cook any of her recipes as they’re too difficult for me. I do, however, know how to slather butter onto poultry). As most folks know, cooking Thanksgiving dinner tends to be an all-day project. I went high-tech this year, using my iPad as both cookbook (Epicurious and Mark Bittman) and entertainment (thank you, Pandora, for the Edith Piaf station) — and had a great time puttering around the kitchen all day. As someone whose work focuses on the intangible, it’s nice to do something for a change that produces a material product.
The rolls did not rise properly and had to be thrown out, but making them reminded me of how much I love working with dough, so it wasn’t a total loss. Which gets me to what I want to make but need to clear time for: Christmas cookies. I used to bake vast quantities of cookies for the holidays, but stopped doing so once I started grad school, as the coinciding of the end of the semester with the holiday season can often feel overwhelming. Every year I vow that this will be the year that I finally bake again, but it never happens. I am hoping that with the help of my trusty iPad and Martha Stewart Makes Cookies app, that I will finally get there this year.
Note: This is my sixth post for #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. Today’s prompt is: “Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?”