At times its funny to think how cyclical life can be, just a few years ago most women didn't have aprons, or focus on cooking like their mother have before them. Now there is a resurgence of young women setting out to conquer the kitchen. How does one really conquer the kitchen? When do you know if you have won the battle? I fear that the battle that I will have is the battle for kitchen space, it seems as though there is never enough counter space to go around. I guess no matter how much space a cook has they will always manage so use all of the space available.
I look at my bookcases of cookbooks, the recipes that are in my recipe binders and boxes, and all of the various cooking tools of the trade that fill the drawers of my kitchen. I look around and realize that none of that is what caused me to become comfortable in the kitchen (although of course they did help), it was the life lessons and failures in the kitchen that taught me to press forward in the kitchen. I have had so many failures in the kitchen, the stories that my mother could tell you from my younger years would definitely cause a mixture of laughter and major embarrassment on my part.
What I learned from my failures is that it is okay, you don't have to be perfect, learn from your mistakes. Sometimes learning from your mistakes is making sure that you are paying attention to what you are doing in the kitchen. Like the time I was running behind schedule and had to make some frosting and was not paying attention to what I was doing, and instead of grabbing the powdered sugar canister, I grabbed the flour. Just so you know, it most definitely would have been the worst frosting ever. Luckily I was able to discover my mistake and actually was able to add some yeast and some sugar and hot water and turned it into dough for sweet rolls that turned out quite nicely.