Archive for November 5, 2010
Several years ago Ernie and I gave away a home-cooked dinner party for eight to the highest bidder for a fundraiser for our church. Everyone was challenged to come up with creative ways to help raise money and that’s what I came up with. This was about twelve years ago. The highest bidder had to pay for the food – but we did all the cooking. As a result, I had the experience of working in someone else’s kitchen.
I don’t know why I assumed everyone pretty much has the same basic cooking equipment. In this case I assumed incorrectly. When I say “the basics” I mean a few decent knives and a way to keep them sharp, measuring cups and spoons, spatulas, wood spoons, a whisk. Mixing bowls in a few sizes. And pots and pans in a few sizes. The basics.
This kitchen was so poorly equipped it was no wonder the woman who was the highest bidder said, “I hate cooking.” I would hate cooking too if I was working with knives that have never been sharpened, no way to measure things, etc. Having the right tools makes a world of difference.