Baking as a coping mechanism?

Sunday, September 6th, 2009 | 2 Comments »
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Made from a soft-batch recipe from allrecipes.com. Perfect.

Made from a soft-batch recipe from allrecipes.com. Perfect.

Lately I’ve been having a pretty hard and stressful time, for a variety of reasons not appropriate for public consumption.  I’ve noticed that on the days when things really seem crappy, all I want to do is stay home and bake.  Obviously, because I have a job, I can’t just stay home and bake.  So I get up extra early or stay up extra late instead.

I’m a food enthusiast, but for a long time what really got my enthusiasm going was the eating of the food.  Because food = yum.   Over the past month or so, though, I’ve come to realize why there are so many people who buy cookbooks and trade recipes.

It’s a way to pass the time in the pleasantest way possible.  There are mornings when I sit at the dining room table, eyes closed, just soaking in the glorious aroma of vanilla and cinnamon and nutmeg that floats in the air sometimes for hours after the baking is done.  As the cookies bake I read a book or brainstorm for my writing, knowing that there will be the oven alarm to ping me out of my fantasy.   And when that ping does comes, there is deliciousness that makes me smile when I taste, no matter how down I feel.  There’s also this incredibly mellow and sweet sense of accomplishment, that for me, lingers until all the baked goods are gone.

And then I make more.

Despite being slightly broken, this flan was creamy and sumptuous.

Despite being slightly broken, this flan was creamy and sumptuous.

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