Evidence of cooking or baking?
The world may never know.
(It was baking.)
I know we have more pertinent things to discuss.
It's, like, December 2nd!
Christmas is a mere 23 days away!
The Christmas season snuck up on me this year. But we'll get there, all in good time. For now, we have a question for the ages: is there a difference between cooking and baking?
I know, fundamentally, there is a difference. But do YOU distinguish between them? I know quite a few people who claim they are good bakers, but not good cooks, or visa versa. This is baffling to me. How could you be good at one, but not the other? Also, there are "cooked" items that need to be baked, such as a casserole/hot dish. What category does that fall in? When others have tried to explain this phenomenon to me, they've summed it up as such:
Pro-cooks: with baking, you have to be exact. You need to measure things precisely, or else it won't turn out. There isn't room for experimentation.
Pro-bakers: I burn things. I don't know what taste good together. I can't pull together a meal.
To both I say: you just need practice!
Pro-cooks, once you've made brownies for the umpteenth time, you don't need to measure as precisely. You can throw in extra spices, or floral notes, or make your own flavor profiles. There is plenty of room for experimentation in baking, or else there wouldn't be anything else to bake!
Pro-bakers, I'll grant you, putting together a complete meal is hard. It's something I'm still working on. But if you aren't sure about what to cook - follow a recipe! There's no shame in that. Slowly, you'll figure out what tastes good together. You'll be more apt to throw a little of this, a little of that. You've done it before, and you'll do it again!
Cooking or baking isn't easy. Not everyone is going to be Julia Child. But just like anything worth doing, it takes time and practice.
Anyway, if you make a distinction between cooking v. baking, tell me in the comments! I'm very interested in where you see the division.