To be afraid of failures is natural. Often we get so caught up in copying someone else’s perfected, no-fail, tried-and-tested recipes that we forget the basic essence of cooking: creativity. The fun of just throwing ingredients together, designing my own recipes, spontaneity and finally seeing the outcome was what sparked my interest in cooking. It was an outlet for my otherwise perfectionistic streak, although sometimes I do get anal about the measurements especially when it comes to baking. Nevertheless this morning I rediscovered the joys of spontaneity by conjuring my own recipe for banana nectarine puffins (a pancake muffin). It uses the exact recipe for a basic pancake; the only difference is that the batter was baked in my new mini-springform pan, which I was eager to put to good use. I had no idea how it would turn out, but by faith, I knew that a mixture of flour, eggs and banana could hardly go wrong. At most, I would suffer a lacklustre breakfast. So the experiment got going.
This was beyond what I had expected. It resembled a giant pancake souffle. Light, moist, squiggly, eggy insides were encased within a thin crust. Pieces of nectarine helped cut through monotony while crushed cashews, almonds and macadamia nut butter provided crunch for textural variations.
Likewise, today’s Bible reading was about Faith. Hebrews 11 is a description of faith in action — how God’s people, including Abraham, have always lived by faith and never once hesitated to listen to God’s call. In contrast I am still often gripped by a fear of the unknown – where these unknowns are big issues (unknown future) or small trivial things (unknown calories). Today’s reading is a timely reminder to give my life completely to Him, that things in world is just worldly, a passing sojourn onto something better.