Several weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to cook hazelnut muffins from Low Carb-ing Among Friends. Well, it took me until the weekend before Christmas to buy hazelnut meal from our local Whole Foods supermarket. Our normal grocery store doesn’t carry almond meal or hazelnut meal.
My reaction when I saw them? “Those are the largest hazelnuts I have ever seen.” I did not understand how I was going to chop them to get them into the muffins. No sirree, I did not see how that was going to happen. But Mark volunteered, so I was all set.
Then, I realized they had a hard outer shell. (Some of you are realizing the punch line. Hang in there.) I say, “We need a really strong knife.” I still don’t understand.
Mark takes out the little grinder we use for nuts and coffee. We pulse those suckers until they are practically hazelnut meal. And then, we realize what has happened. The nuts have shells! We have to take the shells off first!
We laugh. I have to sit down, I am laughing so hard. I say, “We need a nutcracker.”
Mark says, “No, we don’t. I have a better idea.”
In this picture, you can see how nicely the shells separate from the hazelnuts.
This whole adventure was funny and showed our adaptability in several dimensions:
- Using a tool for the job that got the job done, rather than “correct” tool
- Pairing works in the kitchen, as well as at work. I didn’t have to do it all myself
- Having a sense of humor about the inevitable setbacks is helpful
I like cooking new things. It’s harder for me to cook these days, because cooking involves a lot of head turning which triggers my oscillopsia. So, I pick my cooking days and experiences. What’s the worst thing that can happen? As long as I stay safe, I’m okay.
So that’s my message for today: Manage the risks you can, and laugh at the ones that don’t kill you.