You’ll have to indulge me again as I share my experience with another cooking class. It was a wonderful time!
Today, I learned how to make bagels from scratch. Homemade bagels are remarkably easy to make, and they are delicious, too! I’m fairly certain that I won’t ever enjoy store-bought bagels ever again.
The hardest thing for me was making the hole in each bagel. Sadly, some of my bagels look more like bread rolls than they do bagels, but they were still quite tasty (admittedly, I’m now down to about six bagels. Good stuff, those homemade bagels). 😀
I prepared three cinnamon and sugar bagels; three sea salt-topped bagels; and three garlic bagels. I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe at home sometime soon.
But do you know what the best thing is about taking a cooking class? It’s the pure delight I experience as I learn something new and fun. Often it can seem that life is chock-full of things that are hard and unpleasant, so it’s such a pleasure to treat myself to fun excursions like cooking classes.
I can’t wait for my class next month! I’ve decided that, as long as my schedule and budget permit, I’ll try to take a cooking class at least once per month. Truly – at least for me, anyway – cooking is good for the soul!
I’ll conclude with what I posted on Facebook this evening when I recounted my experience in cooking class:
So I took my third-ever cooking class at Sur La Table today and made bagels. FROM SCRATCH. I’ve also learned how to make croissants and a few British treats (scones, savory pies, and a Victoria sponge cake).
Cooking classes are fabulous! I highly recommend them. After all, you can’t control what’s happening in the world, but you certainly have some say over what you put in your KitchenAid mixer.
Don’t hate – bake! 🙂
So the next time you’re upset about something, or life seems to be handing you a bunch of lemons, head to the kitchen and make something out of them! Get your bake on. And if cooking isn’t your thing, that’s fine – find something that you love to do and give yourself permission to enjoy that activity for awhile.
Here is my prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for a fantastic day. The bagel-making class was so much fun! I had a delightful time. I can legitimately say that cooking classes are now a hobby of mine, and I look forward to my next class with joyful expectation.
I love how You continue to operate in the small things of my life. I’m reminded that learning something new and taking delight in new knowledge are gifts from You. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, remind me that it may be prudent for me to spend some time doing an activity that I enjoy and find energizing. What a joy it is to relax and set aside the things that concern me for awhile! In Your name I pray, Amen.