The pressures of perfection.

April 11, 2011

Sometimes it’s the pressure of needing it to be perfect that stops us from making something new. I used to let it stop me all the time. ( Will it go well? Will I love it? Will it have been worth the time and the energy? Did I just waste all these ingredients? Did I just do something wrong? And now how do I fix that? Oh, wow. I really don’t know what I’m doing…) I don’t let that feeling stop me anymore, but I still feel all the same feelings I used to. And it’s not that I ignore them, I just keep myself moving while I’m feeling them. And as a consequence I get to make some delicious things and then I get to eat them. So, what I’m saying is that the pay off is good. 😉

And the truth is that I often “do something wrong”. I often make mistakes and miss ingredients and spill things and have to try to fix them as I go. But more often than not, while it’s not usually “perfect”, it is totally delicious. So, even if you feel like “the war in somewhere will go on forever” if what you’re making isn’t “the most fantastic”, know that you’re not alone in feeling that way. In fact, it’s all a part of the process. And from my experience, the odds are in your favor. So, give it a go.

Good luck!


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Lillian's Test Kitchen is an online cooking web series. The recipes in this series are always grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and cane sugar-free. The recipes are also all (at this point) paleo. Some are vegan. Some are raw. I use the best ingredients I can find (and afford). But Lillian's Test Kitchen is not so much about food as it is about the experience of trying something you have never tried before and then finding the joy, comedy and laughter in those small moments in spite of and also often, because of dietary restrictions. My goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands and make their own food.

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