Monday, February 20, 2006


Twice now I've gotten the fortune cookie message which reads, "Alas! The onion you are eating is someone else's water lily."

I spent several hours making onion soup today, chopping sections into artistic triangles and squares, laboring over the color of the broth and unique combination of spices. So why is it that the cook rarely enjoys his or her own creation? Everyone else praises the meal, and the cook (at least this one) thinks that it's either adequate or maybe a little boring.

Would I have praised the culinary creation if I'd thought of it as Water Lily soup?

In any case, it's wonderful to be cooking again. But I do wonder if other cooks enjoy what they create.


Blogger Susie said...

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I have a couple things that I love almost no matter what. I find that if I'm trying something new that takes a lot of effort, i am almost always disappointed. Food can't live up to that kind of hype anymore than people can, i guess.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Archer of the Forest said...

I usually love what I cook up. I guess I'm culinarily arrogant.

4:17 PM  

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