I am now at the end of January and looking back on my month to see what went well and what maybe didn’t go so well. This post is my ‘this month I learned’ post. And I have to say I didn’t think I would learn very much or rather, I guessed ahead of time what I thought I would learn. And while it did confirm quite a bit I already knew about myself there were a few good lessons I learned and a few more that I had to relearn. So here is what I think a month of feeding myself through cooking has taught me.
- You can try your best to replicate something from the homeland, but it will never quite be the same.
- There is such a thing as too much ginger.
- I will choose friends over plans with just myself. Always.
- A plan for a recipe (or life) can easily go out the window. That’s okay. It’s just life. Let it go. Let it be what it will be. I may, in fact, still be learning this one.
- Chilis get hotter with age.
- When you get chili in the eye, use milk to wash it out and stop the burning.
- Mostly, I do okay, even when I let go of some of my own control.
- I do enjoy cooking, but mostly I enjoy mastering. From mastering, I can then experiment and make it my own. And no matter how hard I try to sit back an enjoy the experience of learning, I hate not being able to do something amazingly well the first time.
- Why can I not do fun without being able to do something well? Why do I find the process so frustrating?
And a sort of thought I had which has nothing to do with cooking, but has been an alternate theme for this month, seeing old friends, who I may not see often, is a true gift.