Burnt toast and the breakfast that could have been
This morning I set up a toaster oven for the first time ever. I won’t take too much credit, given it was basically already assembled beside the inside tray and plugging it into an outlet. I read the instructions briefly to find out what symbols were for what function. I took out two pieces of pumpernickel bread, put them on the tray and turned the dial to toast.
I should mention that while I was doing this I had an egg frying on the oven, turkey bacon cooking next to it, and I was making avocado spread for the breakfast sandwich I had been imagining in my head. If everything went as planned I would have lightly toasted pumpernickel break with avocado and onion spread, and the egg and turkey bacon in between. Of course, as soon as I put the spread down and ran over to take the toast out after the beep, I opened the toaster oven door to that horrible smell that you get when you leave something in it for just a little bit too long.
My first attempt at my new toaster oven was not a success. Notice, I didn’t say fail. It wasn’t a failure, because I learned from it, but it was a disappointing realization. I took out two more pieces of bread and made my sandwich with a few differentiations from what I originally had planned. It was still excellent.
Now, I hope you get two things out of this post. First, a delicious recipe that was created by me…not even found on Pinterest! And second, a message about life. (Yes, I did just slip in a huge life-lesson through a story about toast.)
Very few things in life ever go as planned. I could have been more careful and done one thing at a time and watched the toast for the entirety of its oven time. I could have made sure that everything was meticulously going as planned. (Honestly, I was more worried about cooking the turkey bacon because I don’t eat a lot of meat and had never made it before!) I could have mixed the avocado spread a little faster and taken my toast out seconds before it was too late. But I didn’t do any of that.
And if I had, I wouldn’t have had this story to tell you.
So take risks, try new things, a bunch of them at once even, and if at first your toast burns, grab two more pieces of bread and adjust the recipe.