The cookie gene
Monday, October 3rd, 2005 Oct 3rd, 2005 leave a response

As you might have guessed, I’m not really a Californian. I was born and bred in Britain where cookies are biscuits, biscuits are scones and panties are knickers. I try very hard to live up to the homemaker homebaker image most of my American friends carry off with ease but I reckon I don’t have the cookie gene.

Everytime I make cookies, brownies or pie something goes wrong. My kids used to dread my brownies. They either come out like bricks or goo. I’m not even talking complicated stuff here, I’m talking out of a box brownies. I’ve even stood over my friends taking notes and still managed to destroy something.

Today I made pumpkin pies-pre-baked pie cases, of course and pumpkin out of a can. To my surprise, they came out OK, apart from the burned to a cinder edge. After seven years here, perhaps I’m finally getting it.

The other American tradition I’ve fallen in love with is bull-riding on OLN. Not a lot of this in the UK! I can just about ride a horse so watching some crazy guy stay on the back of a bull for eight seconds makes me feel even more inadequate. Mr Kate and I even went to Las Vegas last year to watch one evening of the finals. I’ve never seen so many cowboys before in my life. It was quite a thrill for this writer, purely for research purposes of course…

Finally l really should get back to writing. I’ve completed my second set of edits, found an excerpt and written a blurb with a lot of instant help from my online crit team at rocking RWAOnline-thank you guys. Hopefully all will be acceptable to the publishing gods. I’m also starting the KIA challenge which is a contest for page count during the month of October-Go Historical Hotties!!

5 comments to “The cookie gene”

  1. Kristen
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      · October 4th, 2005 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Kate,

    It even happens to those of us longer in the States than you.

    My mom, Canadian by birth, can’t make pancakes that don’t appear cakelike (freaking tall things) and her cakes, well, flat as a pancake. 😉 But that woman can bake a pie that will bring tears to the eye. Even better than my grandmum who’s been baking for 70+ years.

    Me? Cook? I’d rather do laundry. Picky family has chased the joy of trying new things right out of me. Now I let my Boy cook. He’s still adventurous even if most of us are running in fear.

    Is your oven temp off? Recently I found out mine is running much hotter. Brick brownies anyone? Oh, it popped the wire from your braces. On a brownie? 😉

    Good luck with your historical, Kate. I’ll be cheering you on while I try to do the para team.

    Thanks for the words the other night. They helped as much as your cheery voice.

    K.



  2. MariaGeraci
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      · October 5th, 2005 at 8:50 am · Link

    Kake… now just how did you get that name again?

    LOL, maybe it’s the foreign born gene, but I can’t bake either. Of course, it probably comes more from being raised by a woman who didn’t bake than having been born in Cuba.



  3. Daisy Dexter Dobbs
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      · October 7th, 2005 at 11:08 pm · Link

    When we were overseas a few years ago we had a bit of an adjustment when it came to the differences in foods, but it was great fun and quite a learning experience.

    Aside from the biscuits/cookies difference, we discovered such British curiosities as Spotted Dick, which, apparently, it’s some sort of pudding, and Lardy Cake. Then there was Toad-in-the-Hole, and Bangers and Mash, and Bubble and Squeak…and on and on.

    My paternal grandmother was from Ireland (half Irish and half English) and so I was familiar with some of those foods, but my husband felt clueless. I must tell you that he drew the line at ordering the spotted dick. LOL



  4. Kate Pearce
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      · October 8th, 2005 at 4:24 am · Link

    Spotted dick is actually very nice-especially with custard!
    It’a actually a steamed sponge pudding with sultana’s or raisins in it -hence the spots!



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      · July 18th, 2006 at 3:33 pm · Link

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