When I was about ten, I received a Beginner’s Cookbook as a present, but was disappointed because the recipe book was from the USA, and I couldn’t make most of the recipes. Actually, they weren’t really recipes; they were just lists of different ways to use box ingredients that we didn’t have here. Until I read that cookbook, I didn’t know that there were people who did not always cook (or bake) from basic raw ingredients. Now of course I know that Americans actually have a term for this, calling it cooking (or baking) “from scratch.”
I thought this might have changed in recent years, given the renewed enthusiasm for cupcakes and elaborate birthday cakes and baking shows, except that recently on Fb I was shocked to see a reference to cooking macaroni and cheese “from scratch.” Macaroni and cheese must be one of the easiest things in the world to make, and was certainly one of the first things I ever learned to cook – I remember the sense of accomplishment when that roux/white sauce would form perfectly. Recently, as I was searching for a lemon cupcake recipe, I saw a recipe that required a box cake mix and a box pudding* mix. That’s not baking!
* Pudding means something completely different here.
Note: The instigator of #MicroblogMondays, Melissa Ford, has written a book called “Life from Scratch” (and a couple of sequels). I couldn’t write this post for #MicroblogMondays without referencing it.