JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 7 :: trust your skills

7 Jan


I cooked tonight. It’s not as amazing as it used to be since I have joined the prepared foods bandwagon (thank you HelloFresh and Green Chef for giving me some mad kitchen skills). But tonight was special, because it was our very last prepared meal – we have decided to go a la carte and back to our own food shopping.

So, tonight was our last meal, the last dinner of Green Chef. Which made it special because it was also a total flop. Honey Mustard Chicken was not so sweet, and the peas and the saurerkraut side was, well, I believe the culinary term is, “awful” or “yuck.”

But the best part of it all was that I trusted myself so much I knew it wasn’t any mistake I had made in the kitchen to make it a flop. And, that, is coming a long way baby. The execution was perfection if you ask me but the recipe was just NOT our flavor profile.

And that’s okay because it made me stop and realize something big. Huge, really: I can make really awful recipes ALL by myself!

I mean, I have made some truly horrible things in the kitchen (don’t ask about the rock hard pecan pie, the lopsided jello, the pizza on fire and that one chicken recipe). But those were mistakes. I truly didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have the skills to know how to do better. But tonight, I did know what I was doing and it tasted awful anyway.

And, that, is probably the first time I have ever experienced a perfectly failed recipe! 

Which brings me to tonight’s lesson in trust. Sometimes it takes something tasting perfectly horrible to realize you have to trust your madly wonderful skills.



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