Lessons in the Kitchen
Last night we tried a new recipe that had a lot of promise – chicken and dumplings casserole. Talk about the perfect comfort food. The picture on the recipe showed what looked to be a bready topping over chicken and gravy filling. Yummy! I followed the directions precisely and after 40 minutes in the oven, the dish was still soup – no bready anything in sight! We had a brief brainstorming session at the oven and cranked up the heat for another 20 minutes.
I am pretty sure it did not turn out exactly as it was supposed to, but despite the still somewhat soupy consistency, it was delicious. We just had to clear our minds of the preconceived ideas of what it was supposed to look like and think of it more as a stew or stoup as Rachel Ray would call it.
I think this is an important life lesson that is worth sharing.
No, not how to read a recipe, or how to cook like Rachel Ray.
The lesson that I took away was that it is important to let go of expectations. If you expect life, or love, or your job, or your next project to go a certain way, you will most likely be disappointed. Because I have learned that life often has some curve balls in store for you when you least expect them. If you get so bogged down in how it supposed to work, you don’t enjoy the process with all its bumps and hills.
If you are so worried about perfection, you lose sight of creative spirit in each adventure. Perfection is highly overrated and way too subjective to set your sights on. Reaching for the perfect is a good way to set yourself up for a lot of stress, anxiety and self-loathing.
But if you allow yourself to take it as it comes, always striving for progress but never so caught up on the final product or following the steps exactly, you may discover something even better.
(Next time I will use a bigger pan and plan on an hour for baking. )