I made perfect hard boiled eggs the other night.
For those of you who do not know me well, know this: making hard boiled eggs is a challenge for me. I do not do well when I cook something and the only instructions are “1) Put the something in a pan. 2) Add water to the pan. 3) Put on stove. 4) Cook until done.”
I cannot cook foods boiled eggs or rice for several reasons. I get impatient and I peek and poke and prod and stir. I get distracted and let things boil dry. I fail to add enough water. I add too much water. I add unnecessary ingredients.
I’m a lot better at “no cook” recipes and desserts, especially anything baked. Which is weird as it seems to be the reverse for others – they can make staples but are intimidated by baking.
But last night, I did it. I paid attention. I sat back and waited for the boil. I set a timer when I turned off the heat and remembered to use a lid. And my eggs came out perfectly set. I feel like I am the first person in history to perfect the process. (Not even remotely, thanks Martha.)
I’m learning attentiveness and patience. That’s my goal for the new year.
That and to learn to make rice without a rice cooker.
I am so far from perfect… and it’s okay. I am Ruth-at-this-moment. Perfected.
So tell me, what did you perfect this week? What will you perfect in the new year?