I have been pondering lately on learning from failure. I find it quite alarming that when life seems to be going well, I coast along without being grateful. On the other hand, when experiences become extremely challenging and my heart is wrenched, I begin to reflect on the changes that I need to make personally. Countless times I have to fail over and over before I realize that the only real impact that I can make is within the walls of my own heart.
That is a humbling experience to accept that I am the one who needs to change. It is easy to look at others and wonder why they do not put forth the effort to break their bad habits. It is also effortless to look at the nation as a whole and point fingers at all of the problems. Sadly enough, some of the biggest problems reside within ourselves. It is only through failure, not success, that these problems can be addressed and then resolved.
I have found this pattern consistent throughout my life, and now it is helping me in the kitchen. Some of my tastiest recipes come from bombing it a few times. For example, I made a main dish yesterday that was not good. I resolved within myself that I was going to figure out what went wrong. It is a dish that should have been exquisite. This simple All Natural Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Beef Alfredo had to be tested a few times before we decided it was just right. Now, my son begs for me to make this every time that I ask what he wants for dinner (and I am glad that he does, since I enjoy it as well). I am truly grateful for my failures, since in the end they can bring about great success.
All Natural Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Beef Alfredo
1 lb ground beef
4 cups coconut milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups Tinkyada Spiral Noodles
3 TBSP all natural cornstarch
1/2 cup water
In a pan brown the ground beef. When it is browned and broken into small pieces, add the coconut milk, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir the spices around.
Next, add the spiral noodles. Bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. When the noodles are tender, mix the cornstarch and water, removing any clumps. Pour the mixture into the Beef Alfredo. Thicken. If there is not enough moisture, add a little more water. If it is not thick enough, repeat the cornstarch and water mixture (The first time is usually thick enough for me).