This weekend, I was in charge of the lunch for a retreat that was held at my house. I was super excited because it meant that I would get the chance to create and then bless others with my creation.
I chose the decor for the table and planned the menu: baked Italian sandwiches, green salad with sugared almonds and balsamic dressing and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
The sandwich was inspired by an old family recipe for mozzarella bread that I enjoyed as a child, and also by a friend, who once blessed me with her own delectable creations of a cold Italian sandwich that I devoured. I decided to put the two together, add my own twist, and see what I’d get.
The ingredients consisted of — rosemary ham, mushrooms marinated in fresh garlic (both of which I found at Trader Joe’s), roasted red and green peppers, mozzarella cheese, butter, mayo, basil, salt and pepper — all layered in a fresh baguette. It was wrapped in foil and baked in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes.
We all agreed that it was super tasty and delicious. The flavors all blended together very nicely. I was grateful.
This time around my creation was a success, perhaps the next time will present itself with a different story, but what I do know is that I want to take risks — to have the courage to try something new even if I don’t know how it will turn out. I don’t want to be afraid to go for it, for you only learn if you try. There will always be something to learn and that is the beauty of this adventure. I hope this inspires you to not hold back, but to go for it. In the words of Samuel Smiles, “He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”