The recipe was Halibut ceviche (raw fish that cooks in herbs and lime juice) and pineapple salsa. Sounds good, right? It was horrible. The first thing my husband Nick said was “Hon, stick to what you know! That’s the rule!“ Pardon me, but whose rule is that?
I’ve never been one to follow the rules or play it safe much less stick to the same ole, same ole especially when it comes to cooking. I’m an avid foodie and love to cook. I love trying new recipes. 9 times out of 10 they come out perfect. There’s likely to be a crappy recipe in the mix at some point. But I’d much rather try new things than have the same menu every week (like my Mother has always been doing for years).
I’m sure that the fact that I’m not predictable scares the heck out of a lot of folks and I add my husband into the mix. Now, I’m not talking about the fact that he will wake up one day wondering if I’m still his wife. I’m talking about trying new things, finding a new hairdo, going to new places and doing new things. Oh, and continuing to try new foods and new recipes.
Some people play it safe their whole lives and never get to experience life to the full. They eat the same places, go on the same vacations year after year, and perhaps they stay at the same job for fear of change. Change can be a good thing.
It’s these same folk that get in a tizzy when change occurs in their lives without their control. They can’t seem to handle it and spin OUT of control because of life’s circumstances.
I’m glad I inherited my mother’s curiosity and living life to the full mentality (aside from the predictable meal planning). At 76, my mom still has goals to skydive when she turns 80 and finish her missionary work in a foreign country (when my dad passes). Here she is fulfilling her bucket list of riding a motorcycle when she turned 75.
Now, your homework! Try one new thing this weekend whether it’s eating at a different restaurant or doing something new and adventurous with the fam. You can do it!!!
In the end, life’s too short to eat meatloaf every Wednesday!