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25 December 2014 @ 06:03 pm
little differences  
Trying to cook in my mom's kitchen makes me feel like the most snobby, persnickety person ever. "Oh, this is store-brand butter? I usually buy Kerrygold." "Do you have any kosher salt?" "I really like organic cane sugar, these days..." I'm not actually good at cooking, but I am a creature of habit, which means I tend to have pretty strong brand loyalty and like just using the things I know instead of having to worry about whether a different brand will be any good.

My mother also has an electric stove, and I no longer know how to cook on electric. I've already let a pot of polenta boil over, and narrowly avoided overcooking some carrots.
Spackle: doctor who: what?!spacklegeek on December 26th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
Oooh I feel you. Whenever I have occasion to cook in someone else's kitchen (my mother's is not that bad bc I've lived with her for a while, and she also has a gas stove praise the lord), I always find myself (a little stupidly) frustrated. Whyyyyyyyy does your spice rack consist only of half a jar of cinnamon and very old dust-colored Italian seasoning? How am I supposed to work with this?? And your pans are all scratched/warped nonstick monstrosities, and your knives are all dull.

... Sometimes I am glad no-one can read my mind.
tempestsarekind: world in peril? have some teatempestsarekind on December 27th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
I made my mom buy a new knife a few years ago, after I tried to chop a carrot and basically had to bludgeon it into pieces! So at least I know I have something to chop with, even if everything else is confusing and weird. :)
cschellscschells on December 27th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
My mom's kitchen is better than mine (her appliances are all fancier and she has tools I've never even heard of), but it's still weird cooking in it--there's this hesitation between every step, wondering where something is or if I should use this or that... I can't buy that Kerrygold butter because people will EAT it. I mean, like, a pound will disappear over the weekend, and it's mostly just my husband and daughter eating it. I make them suffer through with Trader Joes organic butter *g*.
tempestsarekind: clara/tea OTPtempestsarekind on December 27th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! I only buy it because I'm only shopping for one. Same with other things like organic cane sugar - I go through them slowly enough that I feel okay buying the more expensive stuff; I don't think I'd buy them if I were shopping for more people.

For me there's always that one thing I forget to ask about when we're at the store, because I just always have it on hand - and then I'm in the middle of making something and think, "oh dear - does my mom have breadcrumbs?"