When my twin sister and I were little, we were skinny…very skinny. In fact, we were called names like, "skinny twinnies" and "twigs". I hated my ankles and my skinny wrists (later, discovered that that was a trademark of my dad's side of the family). The funny thing was that we loved to eat - snack, especially.
When we were about 8 years old, we'd have what we called, "surprise me's". Surprise Me's were all day affairs where one of us went into the kitchen and invented (created) a recipe from scratch for the other to taste. The ingredients were whatever we could find. For instance, hot sauce, mayo and ketchup with strips of bologna was one Surprise Me. Another would be chocolate chips, with apples, with peanut butter and crumbled graham crackers. There were some pretty nasty Surprise Me's as well. When we had experienced the Surprise Me, then it was the other's turn to go into the kitchen. One time, being desperate for ice cream and there was none in the house, one of us created an ice cream wanna be Surprise Me. It had milk, vanilla flavoring (a bit too much) and sugar on ice and stirred together. Not bad!
I now know that our love for cooking and creating came from those adventures. The more adventurous we were, the more recipes we tried. By 8 years old, we were making stuff from scratch that only the most experienced cooks would dare try.
One day, we decided to make divinity fudge. We got to the part of the recipe where we were suppose to soft boil the fudge. Well, the flame was a bit high so instead of it soft boiling, it crystalized and then burnt. It stunk up the whole house! Our mom came in to see the mess and instead of her telling us that it was okay…better luck next time, she told us that the sugar that we used and the other ingredients costed a lot of money…money that we didn’t have to burn. She told us that we had to eat it, burnt and all. It was a lot of burnt sugar to consume so we got milk, vanilla flavor and ice and stuck the burnt crystals in with it and drank it down. It was NASTY!!!! But, a few days later, we had eaten it all. I have never attempted to make or taste divinity since then.
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