This Saturday Upsides post is my third exercise in finding the good — the upside — in a bad situation. For previous Joyous Paradox Saturday Upsides stories, click here.
The Situation: Recently I experimented with cooking something new: wasabi macaroni and cheese. It looked horrible — a rather lurid shade of light green — and tasted worse.
The Downside: I had to throw out the whole batch, a waste of perfectly good ingredients, not to mention the time I spent cooking it. Besides, I had hoped to make it for someone I know who likes cheese and also likes wasabi.
The Upside: In the first place, I tried this experiment at home in my own kitchen, knowing that it might not work out. Taking risks with recipes, I tell myself, is healthy. It stretches me, which, over time, tends to result in greater flexibility and confidence when I cook for my home-care clients, whose dietary needs can be complex. Besides, learning to tolerate failure in the kitchen helps me strive for progress, not perfection.
Finally, in writing this post, I discovered that recipe failure can actually be a great blog topic. Over at RecipesHappen.com, Bonnie has a collection of stories called “Recipes that didn’t happen.” And wouldn’t you know it? Her story for today is all about a recipe for Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese!
All the best,