The fantasy cook and baker

We’re busy selling our house and if you’ve sold a house or tried to sell a house, you’ll know there’s lots of cleaning and tidying involved.

I decided to take some pictures of a few spaces in my home to take advantage of all those bright, shiny areas 😉

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When I looked at these photos though, I thought about how, if I don’t watch it, I could very easily drift into being a fantasy cook and baker.

What’s a fantasy cook? What’s a fantasy baker?

It’s someone who sees beautiful recipes in cookbooks, on blogs and on Pinterest, and imagines that she will actually make those things despite knowing full well what type of cook she is.

I’ve said many times on this blog that I do like to eat and that is the reason I cook. I don’t like it when recipes have too many ingredients or require too many processes, e.g. mix this and leave for ___ minutes, then do this in a separate bowl, now add this and then bake in an oven for 45 minutes. Never going to happen, friends. My patience only lasts for prep of 10 minutes if there’s an oven involved, or otherwise 30 minutes overall.

I know my limitations – I’m never going to make a complicated (for me!) recipe. I’d much rather be reading or playing with photos.

I often weed out recipes from my flipfiles – the three plastic folders just in front of the appliance manuals – but I’m starting to think maybe the flipfiles themselves should be tossed. Or maybe I’ll just keep one with a few special recipes from my mother, grandmother and mother-in-law.

I’ll let you know how that little project goes.

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I’m the same with baking. I do drop cookies and only once a year at Christmas, IF I’m in the mood and it’s not too hot, will I do biscuits that involve rolling out dough and cutting out shapes.

I like one-bowl baking, which is why I’m very good at muffins and pancakes 😉

I know this about myself; why, then do I keep these recipes I will most likely never make?

I’m a fantasy baker!

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Who else is a fantasy cook and baker?

Do you actually make all the recipes you gather or are your cookbooks just kitchen “decor”?

This week, let’s give ourselves permission to let go of those expectations we place on ourselves and embrace our perfectly imperfect selves.

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  1. I may just be a fantasy cook – but as baking goes I will tackle anything and bake complicated cakes. I adore baking – but day to day cooking… not so much

  2. Ha, ha, I laughed reading this post. I am sure we are all a Fantasy This or That… I am a Fantasy Cook and a Fantasy Reader- cannot refrain from buying books. They all spark joy!

    • Marcia Francois says

      🙂 That’s where Konmari is so good – when you hold up the “whatever” and ask if it sparks joy (or resentment/ guilt), you can see 🙂

      I gave away my Fantasy Reading books!

  3. I am also a fantasy cook and baker. Love that name btw. I also have collection of cookbooks and baking books that I never use. I even buy the monthly cooking/baking magazines and I actually do enjoy reading them( salivating the whole time) but have not made a single thing from them. That said, I do bake occasionally but always end up using my tried and trusted recipes instead of trying something from the many baking books.

    • Marcia Francois says

      It’s a cute name, hey? That’s exactly true with me – if I’m truly excited, I will make the recipe within the week (one shopping trip and then it’s made) otherwise I kind-of stick to my tried and tested recipes. But… to be fair, I do cook and bake more in the cooler months and you know over the last year, we’ve had only 4 cooler months!

  4. I hate cooking. And baking. My kids LOVE to read the recipes. Joshua’s starting to show interest in cooking.There are no words to express just how much this thrills me!


  1. […] This is not your fantasy life; it’s your real life. You still have to work and rest and do other stuff on the weekends, so do pace yourself. […]

  2. […] Make a realistic menu plan. Don’t plan to cook 7 days if you’ve only cooked 3 meals a week for the last year. Maybe set a goal to cook those same 3 meals, but a double batch. And obviously don’t buy more food than you actually are going to cook. Maybe you’re being a fantasy cook? […]

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