When It's Good to Shed the Lazy Genius
If a recipe calls for more than two bowls or pans, I'm out. Who's with me? Dirty dishes are stupid, and I'm convinced I would cook and bake new things constantly if I had a dirty dishes robot to keep handing me clean bowls and spatulas.
Sadly, I'm not Mrs. Jetson, so I keep it simple. Most of the time, that serves me well when I'm meal planning or making a batch of the best granola ever while half asleep. But sometimes being a lazy genius in the kitchen trips me up.
Prime example? It took me almost 14 years of marriage to make my husband his favorite cake. Sorry, babe. It's too complicated. Here's a box of donuts.
I'm married to a saint who complains about zero things and who would make out with donuts, so I know he hasn't been sitting on a pile of resentment made of coconut cake. That's not who he is. But I'm a baker, and I love him. I want to make him his favorite cake, even if it requires a million steps and all the whisks and arm strength at my disposal.
It was his birthday this week, so last Sunday afternoon, I spent several hours baking this cake. Have you ever made an America's Test Kitchen recipe? Those cats are not lazy geniuses. Granted, their recipes are as perfect as Marion Cotillard's face, but oh my WORD so many steps and dishes and opportunities to use a timer. But I powered through, mixing the cake in a weird order because they said to, making buttercream ON THE STOVE because that's normal?, toasting coconut, and layering the entire thing like the not-layering pro I am.
And it was one of the most delicious cakes I've ever had. More importantly? My husband got his favorite cake plus a major reminder that I love him more than I love being a lazy genius. Worth every bowl.
So don't be like me. Don't sacrifice the joy of your people just because it doesn't fit in your "two bowl" rule. Sometimes it's good to shed the lazy genius to celebrate someone you love.