If you want a recipe for life, start out with this basic idea. The skill in cooking is partly down to choosing the right ingredients, but it’s equally important to know how to combine and use them.
Looking at the cookery section in the Sunday supplements you could get the impression that cooking these days consist of:
a) Combining unlikely ingredients that wouldn’t normally share the same plate
b) Scorching a few vegetables and slinging some chunks of exotic cheese on top.
As life often imitates art it got me thinking about how one could apply the same principles to life.
If you want a recipe use your cooking skills as a starter and try experimenting with the ingredients.
Years ago I tried the first at a dinner party. Not on the table, but in the guest-list. I brought together people who I thought wouldn’t ever normally mix or speak together. It was a huge success, in that I was proved right! My guests didn’t mix (one little group actually hid in a corner of the garden), and most only spoke to the people they already knew.
As to warming things up in life by scorching them, I’m not sure that that is advisable either, I’ll just take the cheese.
Speaking personally, and having been brought up by two talented cooks, I’ve always thought that good cooking means interfering with the ingredients as little as possible. The flavour is already there, it just needs coaxing out.
Not a bad recipe for life.