Our morning dance these past few weekends has been to plan our meals for the week and eat our breakfast in the company of Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. I highly recommend trying some of her recipes or watching a few shows. She's the Martha Stewart of the Food Network but much more sweet and amiable. She reminds me of my mother when I was a child. Scooting around the kitchen in a purposeful manner opening, closing, cooking, baking, mixing, mincing. I had no idea what all these methods or ingredients were at the time but it seemed a science and an art that was much too confusing. As an adult though, cooking has become a serious hobby and trying new recipes a frugal journey. And lately, we've made the Food Network our go to muzak when nothing else is on tv.
Today I did the same dance Ina did this morning. Inspired by both my mom and by Angela, my wife, I spent this afternoon baking. I say inspired because both of those women have baked a lot. Me, not so much. I cook. Pastries, breads, cakes and it's ilk have never been my forte. I feel I'm at my best with a knife and a pan. But just like a stricker needs to work on his defense I dropped the knife and plugged-in the Kitchen Aid. If you pride yourself as a magician in the kitchen then I dare you to make a Lime Meringue Tart. It was much more involved and complex than Ina had made it look. Also, the meringue took about 12 minutes to fluff up, not the 2 minutes the recipe says. Haven't tried it yet but with the amount of sugar, eggs and butter I used it's got to be delicious. See the pictures. I know the next one I make will be even better. If I ever do.