Now that we are back in the States, and Evan’s surgery is behind us (though full recovery takes 6 months) I’m trying to utilize the fall at home to grow in some areas I feel have been neglected over the past two years in India.
Before going to India, Evan and I worked full-time jobs and were in school the rest of the time, and so though we tried to expand our culinary abilities when we had long weekends and during school breaks, I feel like there was a lot I didn’t have the time to learn around the home simply because of our schedules. Though India provided a less hectic schedule, we no longer had the ability to go to a grocery store that had anything you could imagine, or craft stores. Life in India was much more survival than creating.
But, we’re back. And so I’ve created a list of things I want to do. A lot of them are food items that I want to “master” while under the tutelage of my mom and dad who are incredible cooks, but there are also “craft” items that I label as good womanly skills.
One of the cooking items on the list to master this fall are donuts.
Our first week back from India we went to our local Crate and Barrel and saw a donut pan for roughly $10, and at that price, I knew donut making was going to be a part of my immediate future. To make the deal a little sweeter, they had a cinnamon donut mix on sale for $2, and I thought that would be a great way to start; with a reputable mix, that way I know what donuts are supposed to be like before I start trusting every other recipe I’ve pinned on Pinterest.
The donuts turned out pretty phenomenally.
I’m a huge fan of apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts, which I will attempt a little later in fall. My next donut attempt is either going to be a vanilla bean donut that uses a waffle iron to “bake” them or lemon poppy seed. I’m glad to be home and glad to be cooking again. It’s one of the many perks of being back home!