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2014

Bigger Mistake, Bigger Discovery!

It was 5:28 in the morning yesterday when I got the reason why I failed to make chiffon cake once in a while.

 

I was very  excited and almost shouted "I got it!"   Instead of shouting, I took the picture above.

This year, I already made 11 whole cakes, and two were failures. They were good tastes but the failures were they didn't rise as tall as I expected.   I didn't know what was wrong. 

 

But when  I was making dough yesterday, I made a huge mistake which made me found the reason of the possible failure.

 

So I guessed this cake was absolutely failure before baking.

Fortunately or unfortunately,  my guess was right.  It didn't rise.  I was planning to give it to the family who was going to be gathered here for the memorial service, but I couldn't give it to them. 

 

In Buddhism, there is a saying, "Daigi-Taigo, Shogi-shogo, Fugi-fugo(大疑大悟、小疑小悟、不疑不悟)" which literally means "Bigger doubt, bigger enlightenment.    Smaller doubt, smaller enlightenment.   Without doubt, no enlightenment. 

After experiencing a big failure, I have understood this saying as follows.

 

"If you made a big mistake, you'd get a chance of big discovery.  If you made a small mistake, your discovery may be smaller.  But without making mistakes, you cannot get discovery."

 

While eating this failure cake,  I now have an another discovery.

This must be the reason why I am gainning weight!

This is my favorite water lilly.  Interestingly, the size of the flower is depending on the size of the pot. "Bigger pot, bigger flower.  Smaller pot, smaller flower."
This is my favorite water lilly. Interestingly, the size of the flower is depending on the size of the pot. "Bigger pot, bigger flower. Smaller pot, smaller flower."

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  • #1

    Gary Link (Monday, 17 February 2014)

    Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu, Ishikawa Sensei.