Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Successful Mistakes



We all make mistakes, don’t we? Let’s be positive today: sometimes, there is a fine line between foolishness and genius, don’t you think? Unfortunately, most mistakes end up with us having to clean up the mess we made (literally or figuratively, of course). That said, today, I would like to think of some fabulous mistakes that have changed our lives for the better. This is not a selfless act on my part. I need some cheering up here. I was making some vegetable soup and for some reason the soup has ended up on all four walls of the kitchen. Apparently, it was all in the movement of my wrist when the saucepan started slipping. I am pretty sure that this incident could interest the army: so much soup, on so many walls, with so little energy is simply unheard of. Just imagine if it were ammunitions. I could have ended a war here.


Take the tarte tatin, for instance. What is not to like about a tarte tatin? It melts in the mouth, it is full of butter and sugar. It is simply worth getting fat for a tarte tatin. (a good one, of course). Well, the tarte tatin exists because two sisters were trying to make an apple tart. But the apples cooked for too long and were all caramelised. In order for them not to burn, the sisters put some pastry on top of it. The tarte tatin was born! Long live the tarte tatin!

I won’t bore you with the list of all the scientific inventions that were discovered by mistake. We simply need to make mistakes.  How else would we have discovered microwaves and potato crisps?

So why are my mistakes well, just mistakes? What is wrong with me? I guess I will just have to keep trying! Right, off to make more mistakes then!

13 comments:

  1. I did a similar thing with tomato ketchup when I was young. Forgot to hold onto the top, gave it a good shake, and SPLAT! My mistakes are just messy too.

    I'm sure I've not put the top on a mixer too, and SPLAT all over the place, but I've managed to erase that disaster more-or-less from my memory.

    A properly made tarte tatin is definitely food for the gods.

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  2. Oh man... last Monday was full of mistakes!! I just wanted to go home and jump back in bed. BUT I kept on trucking and got through the day.

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  3. That's what we all do...We get on with it, right? and we end up cleaning the mess.

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  4. I need a tarte tatin right now! Just like you, my mistakes keep being messy. What is wrong with us?

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  5. I wish all mistakes were this delicious! ;p

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  6. In my previous comment, didn't mean that you were moaning. Just addressing people in general especially those who can't over their mistakes. Soup on the wall is not a mistake - it's a disaster, but in your hands it made a humorous tale. And as you say, mistakes lead to discoveries.

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  7. Now I'm hungry! Off to raid the cupboard. Note to self: Don't read Muriel's blog on an empty stomach :)

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  8. What an irresistible mistake!! yummm! As for the soup on your walls, I would imagine that cleaning and scrubbing all that off must have translated to hundreds of calories burnt! What a blessing, huh?! ;-))

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  9. Me too...mine are just messy...

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  10. I am trying hard, Penelope, trying hard. I have to admit that i have made my fair share of mistakes and had sometimes to learn the hard way!

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  11. So far, my mistakes have just been messy. Maybe I will be luckier next time!

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  12. Tarte Tatin is worth getting fat for, Janine. I could do with one right now, actually. It is difficult to find a good one in London!

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  13. I wish...Obviously I had to clean up the mess but I am not sure that it was such a good work-out. My mistakes are simply messy, i suppose. We are all doing what we can!

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