Friday, January 28, 2011

Paragraphs on patience

With the urge to fill your time with other things, you can buy microwave dinners every time. You can convince yourself quite easily that your time is better spent doing other things. In fact, cooking can take a while, especially if you don't do it often. If you lose your touch, or never had it, it can be intimidating to enter a kitchen. Sharp knives surrounded by heavy metal. Hundreds of potential ingredients, more than a thousand degree difference between the flame temperature and the room temperature, and infinite combinations of amounts of ingredients. What do caramelised onions look like? When is the pasta al dente? When are the beans done? When will the beans be done?! It just seems like it would take a lot of effort to make a meal. A meal just fills your stomach. A meal just takes your mind off of hunger. On the go, there are things to do. There are other things to experience.

In fact, a meal sustains. A meal heals. A meal brings you close. Cooking brings you closer - to your friends, to your family, and to your food. Why not be patient and learn? Why not be patient and cook? Why not see how long it takes for pasta to go over the edge? Why not see how long it takes for water to soak into beans? Why not wait to see the dough rise? There is much to be experienced through patience. You don't have to be idle. You can observe, and learn. You can learn, and impress. You can impress, and be full. Patience reveals nature. And you won't have to throw away that microwavable container.

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