Conquering the Unknown.

Posted: March 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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There’s a lot of uncertainty in life, and though it can be daunting to face it all, there’s excitement in the possibility of something new and exciting being around the corner. I stayed up until 4 am last night (this morning?) for a combination of silly reasons, but that weird, semi-insomniac stint got me thinking about a variety of things that all boiled down to me asking myself one thing: am I limiting how much I get from life by being afraid of failure? The answer was a resounding yes. It doesn’t matter what aspect of life I looked at; any shortcomings and regrets that came up all stemmed from that one fact. So, what am I going to do? I could say that I will stop being afraid, but that’s completely unreasonable and unrealistic. Instead, I am going to face my fears and hit them head on like a freight train of awesome, because that’s exactly what I am. A freight train of awesome. I vow to step outside my comfort zone whenever the possibility arises and hopefully, this will teach me to let go, to better myself and push my limits.

Now, I like to quantify my successes. How does one quantify something like conquering fear? I’ve decided to make little to-do lists that will encourage me to do things that I may otherwise not do. The first list? Things that I’m scared of cooking/baking. I’ll start small and then move up from there!

2011’s Official Kitchen Challenge List:

1. Perfect brownies
2. Making my own loaf of bread
3. Souffle
4. Pannetone
5. Monkeybread
6. Steak
7. Fudge
8. Jambalaya
9. Truffles
10. Scones
11. Biscuits
12. Pizza Dough
13. Soft Pretzels
14. Bosnian Baklava
15. Peanut Brittle (or any brittle, really)

I hope to add a ton more things to this list in the future, but I’m going to start with these 15 items and see how it goes. Stay tuned for more lists to cover all the facets of my “V punches uncertainty & fear in the face” quest.

Kitchen epiphany courtesy of this Weekend Meditation post on The Kitchn. If you have time, read a bunch of their weekend articles and get inspired!

Also, here is a sexy car:

Sorry for all the feelings, but they sometimes happen.

Bis später!

P.S. Happy Pi Day!

  1. Eleni says:

    Leave out the cocoa, and follow the directions more or less precisely, and you should have fabulous brownies. I also find poking them periodically with a fork helps me figure out how they’re doing.

    Especially when using a European oven, which I’m 98% convinced was designed to make me want to break it or gas myself with it.

    • I’ve made brownies a massive amount of times, but Katrina pointed out what exactly the issue is – I didn’t have a brownie pan! I’ve been making them in a giant glass casserole dish, and that’s what has been messing with the baking process. WHAT UP. But also, thanks for the advice 🙂

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