In life and in the kitchen, there are times when you don't know what you are doing and all you can do is wing it...
More often than not in life, I jump into something even though I have no idea what the heck I am getting into.
I am not sure I would even call it "jumping" - I just seem to find myself there and once there, the only thing that can be done is to make the best of the situation.
Let's count the ways...
Totally winging it. How come those little screaming bundles of joy don't come with instruction manuals? If there is one thing in life that you don't want to screw up, it's children. You would think that they would come with some kind of training other than "on the job".
My kids don't have a clue how lucky they are to have made it to adulthood. Somehow, they survived me. And my lack of training.
Anything involving technology and set up.
I am not the person you would have wanted to be your A/V person in high school - somehow the simple mechanics of hooking up wire A to slot Q just never works for me. Even the "Easy Set Up" TV hook-ups keep me flummoxed. That is why they have the Geek Squad, after all - for people like me. Although, I did manage to hook up a projector to my laptop at work the other day without calling the Help Desk. P.S. I was totally winging it...
And then, there was the batter for the socca that I meant to serve as an appetizer one night for dinner.
All prepped and ready to go and forgotten in the refrigerator.
The next morning, when I opened up the refrigerator to pull out the creamer for my coffee the batter filled bowl was staring me in the face.
After I recovered from my initial irritation that this bowl was coming between me and the creamer for that first sip of coffee that I so desperately needed, I looked at that bowl and wondered what the heck was I going to do with chickpea batter at 8:00 on a Sunday morning. So I decided to wing it...
Socca is basically a chickpea pancake, right?
And pancakes are acceptable food for breakfast, right?
And pancakes are kind of like bread, right?
Bread for breakfast is usually toast and toast goes well with scrambled eggs, right?
So, we had thyme flecked socca and scrambled eggs with cheese and chives - crazy logic notwithstanding, it was a pretty darned good.
Chickpea pancakes + scrambled eggs = good.
In other news, we made it through graduation (i.e. mom survived).
Now, we are in overdrive getting everyone ready for the fall. At least, trying to get as ready as one can be...
As long as I remember to breathe, it will all be okay.
After all, I have a feeling that there is a lot more "winging it" in my future because I am still operating with out that instruction manual.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. I know it's not Dorie's recipe, but David Lebovitz's recipe for socca can be found here - it's a good recipe, one that's worth giving a go-round if you are new to the world of chickpea pancakes.
P.S. On the reading front, my Kindle says that I am 67% through with The Inferno (Dan Brown) - I like it, so I am not sure why it is taking me so long to finish reading it. I did squeeze in The Dinner by Herman Koch. This one was a little dark - I thought it was well written and it kept me interested, but it certainly was not light-hearted reading. If you like Gillian Flynn or Stephen King this book may suit you.