Best Laid Plans
A nice twist on the usual salad and pasta pairing...
My generous Trio friends are willing to come to my house even when they are in charge of lunch. This means dragging grocery bags full of ingredients along and cooking in my shoe-box sized kitchen instead of one of their gourmet ones.
This week Old School Mama prepared Orzo, Chicken & Artichoke Lettuce Cups for us. As she unloaded the ingredients for the dish she glanced at the recipe and then informed me that she wouldn't be following it. Actually, it was more of an apology as she knows I would probably read it all the way through following each and every step.
Yes, it's true. I find comfort in following a plan, at least in the kitchen. And Old School Mama finds comfort in knowing there is a plan, but that following it is not a requirement. I would venture to say The Busy Buddha would be the most likely to just go ahead and come up with her own plan. We've always said she could make soup out of the contents of her purse...and not just soup, but amazing soup!
As we visited about this part of our personalities I remembered back to a time when Old School Mama and I both needed treats for our kids for one reason or another. I had everything on hand for Rice Krispies Treats (yes, I actually had all 3 ingredients for the gourmet dessert. Impressive, I know.) so we decided to make up a few batches. We dumped the warm, sticky concoction into the dishes and began, in our own way, to "prepare" our treats.
Suddenly Old School Mama began to laugh. I, busy smoothing my treats with my spatula coated with non-stick spray, had no idea why. "Look at how lumpy my pan is and then there is your perfectly smooth one!"
"Isn't this how everyone does it?" I wondered. After all, the recipe clearly states to do it this way. Old School Mama had never made it to that part of the recipe...she was happily shaping her "lumpy" treats with her fingertips.
Then there's me, most days I am just trying to "stay in the buggy" as my beloved Grandma used to say. Maybe that's why I love following a recipe. It's something I can start and finish in the same day, heck sometimes in the same hour! The whole time quietly celebrating that I actually followed a plan from start to finish.
When that fails, there's always Plan B, which is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I'm finding that just as there is comfort in following a plan there is also comfort in letting one go and embracing whatever reality might be waiting. As for this lunch...Old School Mama's version tasted fabulous and was perfect because she made it her way.
The Simplicity Buff