Have you ever heard cooks say that we first taste with the eyes, then the nose, and then finally the mouth. This, of course, means that before anyone has tried your food by putting it in their mouth, they got a “taste” of it by smelling the food’s aroma, and before that, taking it in visually. Well, producing a food which appeals to the tongue and taste buds has never been a problem for me. Where, I often fall short is in the visual presentation of the recipe, especially if it involves dessert decorating.
I could blame it on my arthritic hands, but I’ve been baking long before rheumatoid arthritis settled in, and the decorating has always been an issue for me. Maybe I’m too impatient and am rushing when I don’t realize that is what I am doing. Anyway, I suppose I haven’t worried too much about it, since, as I said, people complement my baking and eat everything I make. Even when I point out a mistake, people respond something to the effect, “Hey, it tastes good, and that’s what matters.”
Here are photos of cookies I made last week. They are Duncan Hines Key Lime cookies with Pink lemonade frosting and Wilton decorative sprinkles. I had this cookie mix in the pantry, and knowing it was not part of my new restricted diet, I decided to make the cookies and bring them to work for others to enjoy. They were a big hit.