A Movable Kitchen

by moderndomestic on March 21, 2011

Why must flour be so heavy?

Sometimes, I envy cooks. Not because they can do all sorts of things I can’t do – like cook a perfect steak, or braise shortribs until they fall off the bone, or cook a piece of fish correctly. No, it’s because cooking doesn’t require so much . . . stuff.

I’m house and pet-sitting for a friend for ten days, and I have some baking to do during my stint. “Oh, I’ll just bring over my kitchen equipment,” I though, like it was no big deal. But then I started packing. Man do I use a lot of stuff to bake. Thank God my friend is kind enough to let me borrow her car.

“Bringing over my equipment” meant throwing bins of flour, sugar, cocoa, and powdered sugar into the trunk; filling the entire back seat back with ingredients and equipment; and strapping my precious mixer into the passenger seat. Granted, it’s been a joy to cook in my friend’s huge kitchen and I love watching her animals. I’m just jealous that cooking doesn’t requires so many tools. If I were a cook, all I’d have to bring are my knives. And maybe a saute pan.

Baking on the move is not for the faint of heart.

Loaf pan, Crisco, cake stand, piping tips, espresso powder, bags of chocolate, spices, giant thing of red food coloring. Baking requires so much . . . stuff.

On the other hand, my new kitchen helper is pretty cool. And with a helper like this, I don't even have to sweep the floor!


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Molly March 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

Your post is reminding me that I need an actual cake pan. Last week I ended up using a souffle dish for something. Bad idea. Bad, bad idea.


moderndomestic March 22, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Oh funny. I think it might work in a pinch if the volume is the same and you buttered and parchment-ed the pan really well – although the high sides will definitely interfere with the browning process. Did it get stuck in the pan?


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