March Past Fear and Cultivate Confidence in the Kitchen
A few weeks ago, I tried something new, and I failed. It was my first time making Venezuelan-style empanadas. I've made dozens of different doughs, so I confidently forged forward.
When I couldn't find masarepa, a precooked corn flour that is listed as an essential ingredient, I substituted regular corn flour. This is what I do: I make do with what I have.
Unfortunately this time it didn't pan out.
The night wasn't ruined, I pivoted and created something else from the filling, but the dough itself was a complete and total failure.
I could have been afraid of making them again. I could have let my fear of failure keep me from having another go at these tasty treats. Instead, I found the masarepa flour and I tried again.
I did feel a little fear as I brought the dough together, wondering if it would hold, but my experience of what went wrong the last time helped guide me to success.
They are not perfectly formed or expertly made, but they were delicious. These beautiful empanadas represent what is possible when we march past fear and cultivate our confidence in the kitchen.