Here’s a funny story about when being a domestic goddess is thwarted by stupidity. I can just hear my gran (a true goddess of the household), “If it ain’ broke, don’t try to fix it!”
I received a bounty of beautiful Marillen (apricots) and intended to store them up for enjoyment over the cooler months (Fall – Spring). Nothing new or adventurous here – people have been preserving food from time began. Last year, Oma (hubby’s grandmother) blessed me with her tried-and-true recipe which is incredibly simple and effective yet….(here’s where it really began to go all wrong), my simple, creative backside decided ‘Oh look, a shiny new recipe book (two of my weaknesses – ‘shiny’ and ‘books’.); let’s follow this instead!’
Had I thought things out thoroughly, I’d have noticed that Oma’s recipe did not include one of the ingredients the book did. Had I thought things out thoroughly, I’d have realized that this ingredient was not only unnecessary but would completely change the flavor of the end product. Had I thought things out thoroughly, I wouldn’t have wasted two kilos of gorgeous apricots, an hour of my time, and countless wattages of electricity, nor would I have been faced with the disappointed look on hubby’s face and the guilt of discarding 7 jars of exquisite yet completely inedible apricot jam (unless your taste for jam runs along the lines of caustically tart – in which case, send me your address and I’ll ship them to you :D). Yes, they’re still sitting on my kitchen counter reminding me of my stupidity.
My lesson learned: “if it ain’ broke, don’t try to fix it!” My grandmother used to say that to me all the time – she probably saw this pesky characteristic lurking in my personality from the moment I could speak. 😀 That’s not to say that I shouldn’t continue to evaluate, question, and adjust things in my environment – otherwise, how would we ever have arrived to the current form of life we enjoy today – however; the key word here evaluate. In this case, I should’ve thought longer about that ingredient, done some research into it’s character, and most importantly, fully understood the process of what I was doing rather than blindly following a ‘shiny, new book’. That’s another thing my gran used to say “Books can’t teach you everything!” – man, wouldn’t she be ‘laughing her head off’ at me right now! I’m going to call my mom now and share this hilarious moment; I hope you guffaw as loudly and deeply as we will.