We’ve all heard about the flat earth theory, but have you come across the ‘flat bread’ theory before? Of course you may be excused if you’re not familiar with this particular hypothesis, mainly because it’s just some mad notion I came up with myself. But I am sure there is some sense to it.
The Mr and I have this flatbread recipe that we probably make with dinner at least twice a week. It’s super easy (using only four ingredients), it’s pretty quick (you just need your muscles to roll the individual breads out), and it works really well with a lot of our favourite mid-week meals (like smokey lentil soup, and spiced chickpeas).
We’ve been making it now for a few months, and it only recently occurred to me that there is something pretty special about this recipe (and it’s not just because it makes amazing bread). I realised that while the recipe has always been successful, it’s only in the last few weeks that the batches have become incredible. Now I know that the more you make something the more familiar you get with the recipe and the techniques involved, but I think there’s actually more to it than that.
As with any successful partnership, I think it takes time for you and a recipe to get to know each other, and it’s a relationship that goes beyond merely making sure the ingredients are measured correctly, or ensuring that everything is blended together in the right way. It’s like the recipe needs to know that you’re really serious about perfecting it.
Rather than it being a recipe that you make once and move on from, a truly great recipe is one which works with you time and time again, until one day the end result goes from being something great to something amazing. Cooking therefore becomes a form of creative collaboration between maker and recipe, with the partnership only revealing its full potential after a certain passage of time.
Of course, this ‘flat bread’ theory could be extended and applied to any recipe, and perhaps more broadly to many interactions between ourselves and another. Perhaps this theory could underpin a new life philosophy, gathering followers near and far? Or maybe we should just take this analysis as a sign that we should all start eating more of this delicious flat bread?
Before I leave you to wonder about the various joys of flatbread or to speculate on whether I’ve gone completely mad, I have a few other bits and pieces to share with you:
:: I’ll be joining Jo, Laura and lots of other lovely bloggers in a challenge throughout March. It’s the ‘Do Something Different Everyday’ challenge and should be lots of fun. You can find all the details over here, so hopefully you’ll decide to take part too.
And so the end of February is almost here … are you going to do something special with the extra day this year? I’m working on a few ideas myself. I do believe February 29th deserves some attention given that we don’t see it all that often.