Originally Posted by ShyRem
I have to tell ya, Q, my school in it's infinite wisdom decided to change their exam schedule to put our exams in two days. Yes, 7 exams in two consecutive days. It truly sucked. Needless to say, this is the first year EVER that my house doesn't have at least 13 different kinds of cookies baked by December 1. Heck, here it is December 23 and i still haven't baked anything yet (but in my defense, my exams were just over at 5:30 last night so today I stayed in my jammies as long as freekin' possible).
I gotta bake tomorrow.
Now as for the baking thing, that must be an organic PhD thing. My dad has a PhD in inorganic chem and can't cook if he was starving. He attempted pancakes once. They were black on the outside and when you cut them open, the insides poured out. He did the same thing with hotdogs. My mom was away at the time and we ate cold cheese, crackers, and fruit for an entire week. All this time I've been saying a chemist can't cook unless they do it over open flame and wait for an obvious chemical reaction to take place. Guess that only works for INorganic chemists!
Glad you survived your exams; that schedule sounds absolutely brutal.
about your dad. He obviously had the heat turned up too high. I think you're right. Cooking is an organic chemistry skill, not an inorganic chem skill. I mean, what is food besides a collection of organic molecules, you know? Organic things are sensitive to temperature and pH, so you have to treat them nicely. You learn pretty quickly not to cook the s*** out of stuff unless you really mean to turn it into charcoal.
Inorganic chemists work with metals and other stuff that can take more abuse, which is why they can get away with using much harsher reaction conditions. So seriously, working in lab was how I learned to cook. When I was in college, my idea of cooking was putting pasta into a tupperware container with water and microwaving it for 20 minutes.
I made pancakes today, ironically. I was out of milk, so I used yogurt instead, and they turned out quite well if I do say so myself: fluffy and a little sweeter. I recommend trying it if you haven't ever. I may use yogurt instead of milk from now on all the time.