Thursday, March 29, 2012

Woman cooks and drama butterscotch banana cake

Food Diary (March 29, 2012)
Breakfast: Sourdough toast
Lunch: Mushroom and bacon with pasta
Dinner: Carrot polenta pancake

The butterscotch banana cake tasted particularly delicious, perhaps due to the copyright drama I am having. I had dough sitting in the freezer and baked it straight from its frozen stage. It turned out really light and delicious. If I waited for it to defrost first, I think it would have made no or little difference other than testing my patience. I am not sure whether the drama elevated its taste, bit like the forbidden fruit. If the drama did elevate the taste I should include this important point in the method - create drama for better taste.

Today's Favourite Photo
Macarons with Kumquat and Rosemary Cream

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Daily Mail
Interesting survey. Most of the well known chefs are man while at home it seems to be generally considered that woman have the edge. Not so, according to a survey that interviewed 2,806 American woman aged 18 and up. 

58 per cent admitted their husbands were better cooks and one in twenty struggled to make eggs for breakfast.

Regardless of time, talent or know-how, 78 per cent of women still enjoyed cooking when they could.

Here’s a summary of the main findings:
·  58% struggle with a curry
· 42% struggle with a spaghetti carbonara
· 11% have never roasted meat
· 78% said their mothers could have made any of the above
· 11% can only cook three meals without a recipe book
· 52% said they didn't cook because their partners did
· 36% blamed lack of time
· 12% blamed the mess

I am guessing the results would have been very different if this survey was conducted in certain other countries. It could even be quite different across the border into Mexico.

Some of you may totally disagree with the findings. If you are reading this food blog you have an interest in food therefore you are perhaps an exception.


  1. That would be really interesting to see what the results would be like worldwide!

    1. That would be interesting, I haven't seen such studies yet. Will keep an eye out

  2. Bravo to you for standing up to those people! I think you were maybe too polite in your email! :)

    1. Thank you so much, the battle is still going...

  3. Haha! I'm sure just thinking about the incident would have got your adrenalin pumping and that would have heightened all senses ... logical?
    The research done was from 18 years onwards ... if they'd asked me at that age, I'd be a hopeless cook too ... not that I'm saying I'm good now *ahem* .. just better. And at different points in life, I would have struggled with something. And you're right, they should have widened their research and it would be really different.

    1. That sounds logical.
      We decide ourselves how good you are by looking at the photos you post:) Our opinion may differ!

  4. Yes, I'd say that we food bloggers have a different/skewed experience of cooking!

  5. I love the look of that yummy pasta and the macarons are gorgeous. Well...having grown up in a family of five girls with a father who was overseas, if my mother hadn't have cooked, we would have all starved.

  6. Alright so, here's the deal with copyright and blogging. First of all, if it's published on the internet, so long as you link to the site it's from, it is fair game. So really, you're already in the clear even if you had posted the recipe verbatim from they're site. Second of all, lists of ingredients can't be copyright...only the directions for how to execute the recipe can. Therefore, so long as you write out the instructions list in a recipe in your own words, you are in the clear. AND if you change at least three ingredients in the recipe, it's considered to be substantially changed and is now YOUR recipe rather than theirs. It sounds like The Guardian is just being annoying. Uncool.

    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts. I will keep battling...
      BTW its the books editor and publisher kicking a fuss, the Guardian is either unaware or does not care. And I don't even have the book!

  7. I'm sure emotions and a dramatic atmosphere improve food's taste ;-) I really must buy a bigger freezer and just like you experiment with thawed dough or cakes. You make it sounds incredibly good.
    I suppose this survey is true only for some Western countries... It's not my case though ;-)
    I am not surprised so many women (especially those who work full time) are put off cooking. It's been considered as an obligation for a married woman for so many centuries and still is (I know even many young couples who work full time but only the woman cooks and often hates it, traditions and family/social pressure are not easy to eradicate).

    1. Freezing dough/batter is really convenient and it does not affect the quality.
      Tradition is definitely hard to get rid of. In many cultures, such as Asian, majority of cooks are woman.

  8. That pasta looks so good, oh my. And those macaroons! Gorgeous. Wish I could take a big bite. :)