But OK, this year I've decided to give it a try. Professionally, I've accepted three new projects. Basically, the work and the procedures remain the same, but the topics/products are completely different from what I used to know, and so are the contacts I have to work with. I also have to develop some sales supports I'm not really familiar with. So it is a real challenge. But, so far so good.
Last weekend, I thought it was time to transport this approach to my personal interests. As you now, I love cooking, but desserts and pastry in particular, are not exactly my piece of cake! I therefore decided to take a 'soft' start ... especially as the batteries of my kitchen scales are down. And although I'm not a pastry chef, I know that baking requires precise measurements.
The finished product.
Moreover, as it was some kind of spur-of-moment decision I didn't have the required ingredients to make a 'Swiss jam roll' ... my first idea. Slightly disappointed, I rummaged through my kitchen cupboards, and found ... a ready-to-use Dr.Oetker muffin mix. It only required some extra staple ingredients: milk, oil and eggs. I wondered where it came from, as I can't even imagine buying this myself. And then I remembered that my mother had bought it by accident almost a year ago, thinking she was getting the finished product. Being an even worse pastry chef, she had passed it on to me, hoping that one day I would come up with some awesome muffins. And I did!
The carton of ready-to-use mix
and the muffins before they went into the oven.
The result was stunning, although the vanilla taste was somewhat overwhelming. And ... to be honest ... I didn't stick to the instructions on the carton. But the muffins came out just fine, golden brown, with a slightly crunchy top and perfectly melted chocolate chips!
Maybe this is a sign that I should step outside my comfort zone more often ...