© 2009 Lynsey

076 – Nuffin beats muffins

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions. — Earl Gray Stevens

In our house we share the cooking. No questions, we share the cooking. In our kitchen (should you come for a meal, and it’s hard to get an invite that doesn’t involve food in some form) we have stools for the guests. We stash the guests out of the way in safe corners and then Marica and I get on with the food creation.

If we are having guests (I’m telling you this so you’ll be suitably prepared) we normally stick a sign on the door to the effect that, yes, this is the right house, and yes, come in, because we won’t hear you. Inevitably we have the cd of the moment cranked up and there’s singing, dancing, and cooking going on. You can’t seriously expect us to open the door as well.

In my family tradition not having food, or having guests leave hungry is unimaginable. It is possible that the only thing to serve in the house is bread and water, it’s perfectly ok to serve humble food, and that if that is all that is available we should celebrate that and be grateful for it. If we ever reported back to Mum about going out for a meal she had no interest in who was there, it was entirely about what was served.

As kids, we were engaged with helping in the baking processes – always a steady flow of biscuits (cookies) in our house. My Dad, he of the cast iron constitution, had to try our efforts, and bless him, the biscuits were always just the best. I suspect otherwise these days. I can remember cooking for him and turning out a wonderful pork dish with apricot sauce – it was consumed without comment; and another time turning out a less successful work – and he loved it. I assume that after all those years of horror he’d developed a taste for blackened food of ambiguous origins.

These muffins were turned out by Marica’s confident hand. I’m a confident scone maker, muffins are a challenge to be mastered. I believe that at least one of the secrets of cooking is confidence. I’m also confident that another essential is quality assurance. I’m about to go sample about four or five of the muffins to assess their essential qualities.

16. Every day looking at the order of things gives you power.
18. Every day express love. Some people need to hear it. Most people need to see it. Don’t take it for granted.
20. Every day say thank you.

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