Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Successful Failure


This morning, when I checked my latest batch of yogurt I noticed it hadn't firmed up. There were a couple tablespoons worth of curd that had formed, but that's it. This has only happened once before and I used the mostly liquid yogurt for smoothies and such. Today I decided to reheat it to the boil to see what might happen.

Imagine my surprise when I checked the pot, just coming to the boil, to discover that almost two cups of tiny curd had made manifest. I strained it from the cooked whey, drank some and gave the rest to the dog with her breakfast.

I then tasted the curd. I was delighted! It was sweet and smooth and much like ricotta.

This experience was a light reminder of the perception of "failure" - be it large and disastrous or wee and delicious - there is always potential for light in the darkness ... it just may not be the light we anticipate.

Peace.

13 comments:

Glasstastic Treasures said...

Ingenious! lol I did that once with fudge that wouldn't harden. I reheated and it finally worked. It shouldn't have, but it did! ;)

Glad it turned out into something!

Grail said...

Not bad at all and it did taste yummy so it's a success heh

Joy White said...

happy accidents are the best!

Plantress said...

I like the way you think. I tell my daughters-it's all in the mind set.

faerwillow said...

~sounds as if you stumbled upon a sweet surprise...can only imagine the taste...sweet ricotta...yummy!

"there is always potential for light in the darkness ... it just may not be the light we anticipate."

such wise words to ponder...thank you for this...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

SOiNTOiT said...

Love the yogurt growing overnight...it's kind of like having a pet :)

Campbell Jane said...

Looks good to me and hey whatever works. I probably would have done the same thing rather than throw it away.
I'd love it on toast with honey. yum!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Good save! I hate wasting food especially when I put time into preparing it.

Momwithahook said...

Love the title of this post. SO very true. It's in our 'failures' that we succeed. :)

Vincent James Pia said...

Sounds like a very tasty surprise! :-)

Tammie said...

thank you for this lovely reminder. the scientist, herbalist in you was guided to explore and wahla, magic.

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Thanks for the reminder.

I tried your recipe for
making yogurt. It was fun
and exciting to see the
results. Thanks for your
tips on how to make it.

I put up a link to your
post on how to make it.

Hope you do not mind. If
you do let me know.

Thanks for the reminder
for the potential for
light in darkness.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Shero said...

Ooo... Yum!
Good to hear it turned out okay, accident or not. =D