QUARANTINE TIMES: YELLING AT CHEESECAKE
Updated: Aug 6
“I’ve been cooking since forever, really. I guess I started when I was a kid, really. By the time I could walk, I was in the kitchen. I mean, somebody has to chop vegetables, and what else are kids for?
Anyway, I never really got into the whole making desserts thing until I moved up to Minnesota. I’ve lived in Florida for most of my life, so coming up here and suddenly actually having to deal with seasonal depression was… let’s say a new experience. I don’t know why, but I just, started baking.
I’ll be honest half the time baking just made me angry, like, I would be mad at this cake for a full day for not turning out how I wanted it to. But other times, it really helped me through my first real winter. My partner was going to college in the same State, and I would go on these 170 mile road trips just to drop of these delicate little desserts I spent so long making. It was so nice making the customers happy, you know?
"I stopped baking for a bit in the summer and fall, first of all because I wasn’t trying to battle seasonal depression, and second because I had started up school. but once this whole quarantine hit, I found myself with a lot of time.
"It was that same feeling again really, that first bout of seasonal depression, except this time there wasn’t even any pretty snow to make up for it. So I did what seemed to help most, I started baking again. I had gotten a lot better from my original attempts, so now it felt more like a triumph to get these desserts exactly how I wanted them. Or at least I spent less time yelling at cheese cakes.
"I’m not able to see my partner right now because of quarantine, but I am allowed to drop off some pastries before going out for groceries as long as my customers sanitize the bag. It makes this whole separation feel easier in a way. It’s almost nice. Like some sort of secret admirer deal."
So that’s what I do with my time now, I bake cakes and other stuff and force my roommate to try them, or I make a way too complicated lamb recipe for the high holidays. It’s just a nice way to keep busy, and keep myself happy, even when I’m yelling at cheesecake."
~~Anonymous, Interviewed by Asher Albanese (Class of '24)
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