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1 Corinthians 12:4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
My husband and I have that familiar refrain when dinner time rolls around. “What do you want to eat?”, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?”. Last week I decided to try one of those mail delivery meal services. It would save money by not having to go to the grocery store, it gave us exactly what we needed, and it would broaden our culinary horizons. How could it possibly go wrong?
The box came with the three meals I had selected. A pasta dish, a meatball and potato dish, and a fish dish. Choosing the pasta dish (believing this would be the easiest) I entered my kitchen with the swagger of an Iron Chef. These kits had idiot-proof instructions! If I followed them step by step, I couldn’t go wrong.
I pulled the card out with the recipe and set about getting the matching ingredients out onto the counter. I washed vegetables and put water on the stove to boil. Easy peasy. Peel garliIc … uh OK. That’s a new one but this should be easy! Thinly slice four garlic cloves. That’s a lot of garlic and how thin is thin? Finely chop remaining two cloves. Hmmmmm … don’t I have something that does that around here. No, alright. I’ll wing it, surely that’s fine enough.
Zest and halve lemon. What do we have that would zest a lemon? No zester, no grater. I guess we skip that step. Finely chop tomato. It’s kind of finely chopped, and a little squished but it’s all going in a pan anyway.
The next steps involving the chicken went smoothly, adding the pasta and we were back on track. And the lemons again … but this time I’m charring the lemon halves? I guess they know better than I do.
Cook the chicken in butter and garlic (again?), add tomatoes, spices, etc. It’s starting to smell pretty good in here. Finish it off with cream cheese, pasta water, parmesan, pasta and it mostly looks like the picture on the card.
That was a journey! The hardest part of the whole process was because I was missing two implements that should have made putting this all together even easier. The makers of this box made assumptions about what a basic kitchen would have. I do not have that kitchen.
We are so fortunate to have a loving God who provides for what we lack in many forms like scripture, faith communities, prayer, and inspiration that can be found anywhere if we choose to look. We may not have the tools, skills, abilities we need, but we probably know someone who does and is willing to share if we only ask.
It turns out my mom has the very two implements I was needing if I’d only thought to ask her.
The picture above is how it turned out. It’s not exactly like the picture on the instructions, but its close. I thought it was good, and so did my husband.
I think for my next card I’ll read through and see if there are any other utensils that I’m missing that she may have to loan. I guess we know who the real Iron Chef is in this family.
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Prayer for Reflection
Loving God, thank you so much for community. Much like the box of ingredients, people in our lives bring so much spice and flavor to life! In combination with you and our talented friends and family our life is much more rich and delicious than it would be on our own.
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