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Lessons learned

At times it seems we learn more from our mistakes than our successes.  It may be melodramatic to call it a “wok disaster” if I actually ate the meal, but it felt like a “disaster”.  I apologize in advance to those of you who have survived tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.  I have not survived those, so I still use that word with casual abandon.

MISTAKE #1: I waited until I was absolutely starving before I started cooking, and that led me to….

MISTAKE #2: Even knowing that wok cooking goes quickly, I failed to have all ingredients ready to go into the wok before cooking, which led me to…..

MISTAKE #3: Charred ginger and garlic (the first step in the recipe)…..

MISTAKE #4: I continued on cooking despite charring the garlic and ginger, hoping somehow it would be lost in the dish.  It wasn’t.  (Note to self: Next time stop, scrub the pan, then start over.)

FINAL RESULT: A reasonable meal, which had pieces of charcoal in it that needed to be picked out or spit out, and  a kitchen that smelled like a kitchen fire for several days.  Not exactly appetizing.

I didn’t photograph the charcoal bits.

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