1. Expect the unexpected on From This Side of the Pond. Here's my x-ray question...when was the last time you felt like Superman? What's your superpower? Explain.
Hmmm .... I was going to say the last time I felt like Superman, it was when I neatly used up leftovers and made a second good meal out of them. Like most of us, I am cooking more these days and I am also really trying to make a point not to waste food. It's always nice when we can make a delicious meal in the process.
But the last time I really felt like Superman was a week ago Sunday when I transformed a raspberry muffin recipe into a scrumptious coffeecake and got this response from my hubby: "Lady, you're a wonder!" The fact is, really, I am just lazy. A coffeecake takes a bit longer to bake than muffins do, but think of the time saved when one is not spooning batter into muffin cups -- and then later, a square baking pan is much easier to clean than a muffin tin. This weekend I tried the recipe again with a really delicious modification, which I hope to share later this week.
I usually have a pretty good sense of what will work and not work with a recipe, and I've been known to change up a recipe the very first time I make it. I can't accurately call this a superpower, of course; I don't really believe that humans have superpowers. This particular aptitude is more the product of a lifetime of cooking and baking; just experience with a dash of creativity. It's fun, too!
And so is helping numerous grandkids to become superheros over the years.