during the pre-cafe baking flurry …
- Don’t melt chocolate chips in the microwave. They do not melt – they cook and burn.
- Don’t try to pipe hot melted chocolate through a plastic icing decorating bag. Ouch!
- Don’t leave a glass bowl of icing too close to the edge of the counter – especially when you are in a bit of a hurry…
- Don’t put your beautifully iced cookies on top of one another without wax paper in between the layers. Even if the icing seems hard – it isn’t – trust me.
- Don’t try to cut a branch off the Christmas tree with the kitchen scissors… (that was Roger’s lesson)
Whenever I make mistakes, especially culinary ones, I am always encouraged by the thought that I’ve learned a lesson and probably won’t repeat the same mistake twice.
It reminds me of another Islander. You know who I mean – the famous fictional one.
On this occasion, Anne was helping Marilla host a tea party for the new minister, Rev. Allen, and his wife. She baked a cake but mistakenly added liniment instead of vanilla flavoring. Poor Anne was mortified and ran up to her bedroom. Mrs Allen, whom Anne soon recognized as a kindred spirit, followed her:
“My dear little girl, you musn’t cry like this,” she said, genuinely disturbed by Anne’s tragic face. “Why, it’s all just a funny mistake that anybody might make.”
“Oh, no, it takes me to make such a mistake,” said Anne forlornly. “And I wanted to have that cake so nice for you, Mrs. Allan.”
“Yes, I know, dear. And I assure you I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness just as much as if it had turned out all right. Now, you mustn’t cry any more, but come down with me and show me your flower garden. Miss Cuthbert tells me you have a little plot all your own. I want to see it, for I’m very much interested in flowers.”
Anne permitted herself to be led down and comforted, reflecting that it was really providential that Mrs. Allan was a kindred spirit. Nothing more was said about the liniment cake, and when the guests went away Anne found that she had enjoyed the evening more than could have been expected, considering that terrible incident. Nevertheless, she sighed deeply.
“Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
“I’ll warrant you’ll make plenty in it,” said Marilla. “I never saw your beat for making mistakes, Anne.”
“Yes, and well I know it,” admitted Anne mournfully. “But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice.”
“I don’t know as that’s much benefit when you’re always making new ones.”
“Oh, don’t you see, Marilla? There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I’ll be through with them. That’s a very comforting thought.”
“Well, you’d better go and give that cake to the pigs,” said Marilla. “It isn’t fit for any human to eat, not even Jerry Boute.”
It’s a new day with no mistakes in it yet…
I think I’ll head to town on that encouraging thought!
Don’t let me forget to add kitchen scissors to the shopping list 🙂