As I have begun making more meals for my family, I have some to realize that recipes are interesting things. Although following the recipe is important, cooking is not an exact science. Instead, it is an art. One must follow directions but also experiment and enjoy the experience to receive the true experience of creating any dish.
Thus, when the Weekly Writing Challenge at Daily Post was to write about a recipe for yourself, I was very intrigued. What ingredients am I made up of? What characteristics are essential to who I am as a person? Often, I have told others that I am more than my disorders. But what is that “more?” What else do I have deep down inside of me?
So, I decided to take on the challenge. Also I enlisted a bit of help from my family. Maybe that is cheating but I really wanted a second opinion from people close to me. Often, we see our flaws and miss out on the beautiful or quirky elements that others see and enjoy. Along with my family’s suggestions, here is the recipe of myself.
Recipe: Anna Rose Meeds
One serving: can not be duplicated, doubled, or halved
The crust is the deepest layer. Not seen right away, you need to dig down deep to enjoy this part.
- 3 1/3 Cups Love for Everyone, difficult to fit in but very important
- 2 Cups Sensitivity, a bit more than needed and very crumbly
- 3 Cups Imagination, broken into larger chunks with some that are sweet and others that are stale and disgusting
- 2/3 Cup Strong Memory, more is added for every year gone by
- 3/4 Cup Intelligence, chopped into sharp pieces
- 1/2 Cup Introversion, make sure that is strong instead of mild
- 1 2/3 Cup Family Loyalty, small pieces that are cracked but whole
- 5 Tbs Strong faith, melted to hold everything together
Spreading an aroma through the room, people might not see the filling but they can sense it is there and grasp elements of it. Sweet but tangy, this is the main part of the dish.
- 3 Cups Perfectionism, powerfully strong with a bit of a bitter tang
- 2 Cups Adventurism, watered down but still present
- 1 1/2 Cups Kind Heart, boiled until tender and added with all of the juice soaking into the other ingredients
- 3/4 Self-Hate, slowly evaporating from the dish but still strong
- 4 oz Creativity, sopping into the crust
- 3 Books including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, torn up into small pieces but still readable
- A dash Musicality, flavoring weakening
- A few strands of Cat Hair, somehow floated in
- 1/4 tsp British Accent Imitation, not the real thing but close
Crumbled over the filling, the topping adds crunch as well as hides most of the filling. Some parts of it are so hard that you hurt your teeth eating it. In fact, this part might scare people away from the recipe. However, if you can get past the pain, the filling is delicious and the topping adds a bittersweet flavor.
- 1 1/2 Cups Social Awkwardness, brightly colored and most noticeable
- 1 Cup Depression, burnt but with a oddly sweet charcoal flavor
- 1/2 Cup Eating Disorder, chopped unevenly with huge chunks and the tinniest of crumbs
- Multiple Scars, hidden in the mixture
- 6 strand Golden Hair, close to but not dishwater blonde
- 4 Tbsp Anxiety, sprinkled everywhere
- 2 Tbsp Aspergers, finely ground so many do not notice it
- 1 tsp PTSD, small in amount because of its powerful flavor
- 1/4 tsp Shifting Body Image, careful because even in small amounts this causes oneself and others to see the dish in different ways
- Several Rose Petals, dried and fragrant
So there it is. I hope that you enjoyed it! If you post this on your blog or comment on mine, I would love to hear suggestions or your own recipes. Once again, here is the link to the challenge – Recipe Challenge.