Babcism of the day – Cooking advice

by Sandy L on July 29, 2010

I have this week off from work, so we’ve been hanging sheet rock at Babci’s. I figured that my pizza dough would go unused so I brought it over for her.

Here’s a typical conversation:

Babci: “Where did you get the recipe?”

Me: “I made it from my sourdough starter.”

Babci: “Do me a favor and don’t invite anyone over for pizza because I don’t want you to embarrass yourself.”

For the record, my sourdough pizza is chewy, tangy and mouth watering. Here’s my last batch of bread.

I’m so glad that these comments no longer make me angry but instead make me laugh. You can imagine what my teen years were like with such a critic.  By this time in my life, I’m actually curious at the things she comes up with to criticize. I give her something and wonder..what possibly could she say about this creation?  She always has a quip or two.  This bread by the way didn’t have a cooked enough bottom crust.

My adult revelation is this: If your parents criticize you, it’s just their way to try to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. It’s not  actually their attempt to slowly chip away at your self esteem.

Now that you’re older and wiser, what parental annoyances have you grown to love and understand?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole July 29, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Saving bones for soup stock. Heck, all of the French cooking techniques my father used that I thought were gross at the time.
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Penniless Parenting August 3, 2010 at 5:01 AM

Wait- so was there constructive advice with that sourdough diss? Or just “Don’t make that again”?


firstg6 August 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM

She blamed my dough for her pizza taking too long to cook. She actually didn’t use a high enough oven temperature. What I really think is that it’s payback for criticizing her pizza dough. She adds milk to it and it’s too sweet. Tastes more like pizza cake than dough. My mom is a great cook but her baking is terrible because she doesn’t ever follow recipes and you can’t just wing how much baking powder to add. I keep telling her to stop baking stuff so I don’t break my teeth trying to eat those items.


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