Although I really enjoy cooking and baking, I don't get to help with that in my house very often. However, in the past week I've gotten to cook twice! Last Thursday I asked Zury if I could cook dinner for us, so while they were at karate I started cooking Aggkaka, a Swedish egg dish that's common in my family. Well, nothing in Mexico ever goes quite as planned. First, I couldn't find the measuring cups or the pan I was planning on using. So I mixed up what I could and thought I'd wait for my family to get back to finish. My family got home about 45 minutes later than I thought they would, so I didn't get going on dinner again until about 8:00. Once Zury dug out my measuring cups, I discovered that we needed a little more flour. So I went to the small grocery store around the corner from my house with Stefi, Humberto, and Maury. The whole way there they were asking what I was making. Aggkaka is a difficult enough dish to describe in English, so I didn't really want to attempt it in Spanish, so I told them they would just have to wait and see. That didn't sit too well, so they started guessing everything they could possibly think of that might contain flour.
"You need flour, so you're making bread, right?"
No, no, no, and no.
Back to the kitchen! I can never predict how things are going to turn out with a gas oven, so I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised when it took twice as long as usual to cook, even with the heat turned up all the way. This meant we didn't eat until almost 9, so the kids were practically falling asleep at the table. I also never know how everyone is going to react to my recipes. I bit into my dinner, and it just tasted like home. Stefi, on the other hand, took two bites, and then politely picked at her meal before taking it to the kitchen and leaving for bed. Humberto and Maury both apparently liked it, but were too tired to eat much. More leftovers for me, I guess!
While walking to the store, Maury had also asked if I was going to use any of the pumpkin puree still sitting in our freezer (not for dinner, no). But that was all the impetus I needed to decide to bake chocolate chip pumpkin bread yesterday! All went well, except for needing two trips to the store because I didn't check my sugar supply well enough (turns out we only had powdered sugar, which wasn't going to fly with my recipe). I used some of the precious chocolate chips I picked up in Arizona, and the bread turned out delicious! Nothing beats homemade chocolate chip pumpkin bread, and it should be eaten all year long, not just in fall!
After sampling the bread, Maury ran into my room he was so excited!
"Kristen this cake is so good it's delicious what's the recipe when are you going to make it again!" (paraphrased, of course, since the original was in Spanish, but this is basically how it sounded)
I pointed to the recipe, in English, on my computer and told him we could make it again soon, which he was pretty excited about. I also told Maury that he can help me make it next time, to which he responded, "te quiero, Kristen" and gave me a big hug. Always nice to be appreciated!
On a somewhat related note, I feel like I'm finally starting to gel with all my relationships. I have better relationships with my coworkers, and I'm able to joke around a lot more with my family. It's a good feeling, and made even better by the note I received from Stefi, Humberto, and Maury last week:
Most adorable thing ever! Life is good right now.