Supposedly as a woman, I’m wired to get high off of shoe shopping and makeup sales. In actuality, I find little joy in either one. The whole process is quite stressful and confusing for me, which would explain why I have a grand total of 5 pairs of shoes and haven’t bought makeup in over 2 years. But I’m not completely void of girly shopping urges. Instead, I get my high from kitchen accessories, and that’s why I was so crazy excited when my Amazon box full of goodies came in the mail yesterday! Now I usually keep these happy thoughts to myself in an attempt not to scare you folks into thinking that I’m some kind of weirdo who’s obsessed with kitchen accessories and the color red, but I wanted to share my happiness with you all this time, because this is actually good news for a lot of you.
Since I started blogging and doing more baking, I’ve been reminded that the US is very much alone in its measurement units. I vaguely recall something called the metric system many years ago in O Chem, but when the semester ended, I was sure to promptly purge that information along with everything else that wasn’t beach, beer, or boy related. Okay, so I’m just kidding…well only half kidding…kinda. My point is that my super sexy red kitchen scale was in that box and so from now on I’ll be writing out my recipes in both metric as well as standard U.S. units. So no more funky conversions for you folks and no more goofy baking flops for me!….because as you can see from the last cake I made, conversions don’t always turn out pretty.
I had never before made such a failed cake in my life! It came out of the oven only about a centimeter tall, tasting like eggs and shame! Not being one to waste food, I did what I’d like to call creative marketing. I cut it into cute little squares and decorated it with strawberries and chocolate then told everyone it was a special Chinese dessert. Being in small town Texas, anything Asian is considered wildly exotic. People were telling me how incredibly wonderful and delicious “that egg cake” was and how they’d never had anything like it before…ummm yeah hopefully you never have anything like it again…well, at least not from my kitchen. I’d like to think of it as good marketing…after all, I am Chinese and it was cake…or maybe I’m in denial about being a bad person? If that’s the case I’d prefer the term “good liar”. Either way I wanted to show you my new scale because it’s so pretty and does everything that I ever dreamed it could do!
And yes I ended up buying the matching spatula and silicone oven mitts not because they were red, but because I actually needed them…and Amazon said they would go well together. Have you ever had a failed baking adventure? Was it caused by evil and funky conversions? Please share so I don’t feel so ashamed. :/