Sunday, February 06, 2011

What we want and what we get

It's interesting how we sometimes get what we wish for -- especially when it comes to food. We'll often think something like, "Gee, I could go for a hamburger right now," and somebody shows up with a hamburger for us. Or we'll think how nice it would be to try a red velvet cupcake sometime, and we'll see just that at the store bakery.

This has happened to me a time or two. Once, I saw a picture posted on MySpace; a celebrity showing a pic of his breakfast. I laughed, nodded and said, "Eggs Benedict." Then I thought, Gee, I've never had Eggs Benedict. I wonder what it tastes like. I soon found out; I was having breakfast at a local restaurant one morning and Eggs Benedict was on the menu. Of course I tried it! They were delish. (A nod to Ye Olde Pancake House here in Eugene.) Recently, I was thinking about how nice it would be to have biscuits and gravy for breakfast. At a local Dari Mart I was at one morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were offering just that as a breakfast choice for customers. Sweet!

One would think that I should be able to make these things myself. That if I want a hamburger, why not make some hamburgers? And, hey, I'm all for that! If I want to have sloppy joes for dinner, then I go to the store and get the stuff I need to make sloppy joes for dinner. If I wanna bake cookies, I go buy what I need to bake' em! That's not an issue. But sometimes, I won't have the money to buy the things I'll need to make the stuff that I crave. Or, I don't know how to make it. (Like Eggs Benedict!) Or, I won't be able to eat the stuff I crave because I'm watching my sugar intake. Or it just isn't available in these parts. (I still mourn never again enjoying one of those date shakes they make in the California desert.)

Or, sometimes, I'm just not able to make the things that I'll get a hankering for. Like the gravy on those biscuits. You know the kind; the sausage gravy. I just can't make sausage gravy. I have tried a time or two, but it just didn't turn out right. My mom was a whiz at making that stuff, but I could never get a handle on it. Nor could I figure out how to make fudge. I've tried making fudge but it didn't come out right. Ditto with steak, hash browns and fried chicken. I tried, failed, and gave up.

But now I'm thinking, maybe I shouldn't give up. Maybe I should try to figure out how to make those things again. The source of this inspiration? Corn muffins. Yesterday, I made corn muffins from scratch. It was my second attempt. My first attempt failed; they tasted gross. But these corn muffins were awesome. In fact, Jesse kept eating them up!

So I had tried to make something again which I failed at the first time. And the second attempt was a success. So why not try again with the other things?

Well, I have...with some. Steak, eggs, French toast. I've tried making them several times and never really got 'em right. Maybe I did on one or two occasions, but not consistently.

I suppose I should just keep at it. And pick up on the other things I pretty much labeled as "unlearnable." Maybe I'll get them right the next time. And if not, at least I'll work at it until I do.


Anonymous said...

You're talking about synchronicity. Once I was thinking, there is nothing to eat here, I need to call my hubby and see if he will pick up some chicken or something....and a minute later he arrived with chicken. We had not discussed it, nothing.
Last weekend I took my daughter and her friend prom dress looking, and we were reminiscing in the car on the way, about a friend who had moved out of our town shortly after 2nd grade. And guess who we saw at the mall? Yep that girl. It was freaky!! But its called synchronicity.

I succeeded in making steaks once or twice but they were really expensive steaks!! Filet Mignon was the only steak I ever made that was truly tender, even well done. Then there's skirt steak. That steak depends on being CUT the right way!!! I always cut it wrong apparently.

Isabel and I made red velvet cake once and it was not good, that was something we'd like to try again.

Congrats on your corn muffins!

Dawn Colclasure said...

Thanks, Nancy. :) Good to know the name for this.

I heard skirt steak is the easiest to make.

I gotta try those red velvet cupcakes someday!