Day (381) – Anyone Can Cook

You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook… but only the fearless can be great.

– Chef Gusteau – Ratatouille

It’s funny, Ratatouille, the animated movie has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. It is possibly the best of the best in terms of movies I have seen and continue to watch. Well…why?

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I have always loved to cook. I have been cooking since I was little. Yes, maybe the things I was cooking didn’t turn out all that great, but over time, my ability to put things together that I thought would taste good improved significantly. Thank the heavens. But cooking has another dimension to it that I think you can only understand through experimentation, trial and error. For some, it causes stress…but for me… I get in the zone. I keep thinking about how delicious it is going to taste when it is done and the look on the persons face when they chew on what I have created for them. I get satisfaction knowing that they are happy. In fact, that is how I work in the rest of the areas of my life.

But the movie offers something much much deeper. The idea “anyone can cook” isn’t about cooking really…it is about the quote above. You have to be willing to take chances, to dig deep, to create massive scary goals…there are no limits to what your potential is. The only limit is, like said above, your soul.

And this brings me to what I have been thinking about for most of the day.

I’d like for them to say:
He took a few cups of love.
He took one tablespoon of patience,
One teaspoon of generosity,
One pint of kindness.
He took one quart of laughter,
One pinch of concern.
And then, he mixed willingness with happiness.
He added lots of faith,
And he stirred it up well.
Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime,
And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.

– Muhammad Ali

Your life, is just like cooking. Add all the ingredients  you need, give a decent measure to what you want to throw in (because too much of even a good thing can turn on you) and give it a stir! You will be surprised with what you come up with. I knew when I started this project that I needed to add some things into my life: compassion, empathy, love, passion, determination. I knew that those ingredients were going to be part of my life from the day I started it. And now everything is stirred up, in the oven, and ready to be taken out.

You never quite stop making food in your life, and why would you even dream of settling and stop working on improving upon yourself. You are wasting an opportunity to unlock gifts that you have been given since the day you arrived here. They take work sometimes to uncover, but when you do, it is an incredible feeling to arrive at the point where you know that something you have worked on for so long is now part of you. Those pieces never go away. Those pieces are concrete in your soul.

In this new year, throw some things in that you never had before…and cook away. You will be surprised at the end result.

Evan Sanders

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    sassyfrassylassie
    January 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    My son doesn’t talk yet (he is a late talker), but he cooks. He cuts his play dough into little chunks of stew and puts it on a flat surface, pops it into a shelf in the entertainment center (his oven) with a kitchen mitt on and looks through the glass to see if it Is done cooking. He will be a great cook.

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    jeejee
    January 5, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I am on the precipice of great change in my life. I am on a solo vacation for the first time in my life to dig deep, listen to my soul and come up with a plan to become exactly who I need to be. I am not 100% certain who that is yet, but I am confident it is here inside of me. Thank you for writing so honestly and for illustrating what hard work and clear direction can do for making your life into just what you want. You are truly inspirational.

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    jmgoyder
    January 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Good advice!

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    Inspired by Learning
    January 5, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I was raised with those who loved to cook and bake and everything was made fresh and delicious. Little did I know that later in life i would fall in love with cooking and even more fun when cooking for others, sometimes many others. It is all about knowledge and experimentation. Just go with it… Great post, thank you.

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    leonjwilliams
    January 5, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Always add some spice, to the food, to life.

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    TexasStarlet
    January 5, 2013 at 2:39 am

    So great- and I LOVE Ratatouille!!! I decided that since I have enjoyed all the things I have seen on your blog so far I would go ahead and also follow you on twitter. You rock and are a pleasantly genuine writer. Thank you for sharing your journey!! 🙂

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    Liberty of Thinking
    January 5, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Hi Evan,

    I wholeheartedly agree with your thought, been a wannabe cook succeeding by now sometimes not to kill my guests (well, not all of them😜).
    Yet I have learned something I truly wish I should have never needed to learn, found right there in your post:
    “And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.”
    As time goes by, and hopefully honesty will never leave your welcoming shores, you will find out the “deserving” part to be hardest of all…
    We make the worst compromises spreading and giving onto people who do not deserve it…
    Unfortunately this contemporary climate of artificial cheap love and political correctness forces many to think life is not a boxing game! It is, and if we don’t learn to listen to the exact timings of its gong, we’ll find ourselves prematurely on the floor. I guess Clay knew about it, a bit…

    All my very best…

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    xeia yumilka
    January 5, 2013 at 2:59 am

    indeed, cook away! 🙂

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    Anything Under Kenny
    January 5, 2013 at 3:02 am

    This is just great! Inspiring. 🙂

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    Horse19002
    January 5, 2013 at 5:09 am

    ‘Ratatouille’ is a movie, often quoted about, in our house.

    The soul, the Hindu scriptures call it ‘atman’ or ‘Purusha’ is untainted and free. It is the observor.

    The hindu philosophy (vedanta), a major component of it being yoga and meditation,focuses on connecting with the atman and discovering the true Self in us by shedding all ignorance.

    Your write up sums it up so well. Very nice.

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    rgadiraju
    January 5, 2013 at 5:10 am

    ‘Ratatouille’ is a movie, often quoted about, in our house.

    The soul, the Hindu scriptures call it ‘atman’ or ‘Purusha’ is untainted and free. It is the observor.

    The hindu philosophy (vedanta), a major component of it being yoga and meditation,focuses on connecting with the atman and discovering the true Self in us by shedding all ignorance.

    Your write up sums it up so well. Very nice.

    ________________________________

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    morningstoryanddilbert
    January 5, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Excellent Post!!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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    fitnessllama
    January 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Since starting to work out I have began cooking a little bit and experimenting, making all kinds of foods that to me just seem like stuff being thrown together, nothing. But everyone else who looks at them make comments about me being a chef. Its amazing what sort of unexpected things arise from commitment to change. Great post!

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    brendayoder
    January 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    This is true. Dreams are more than doings what we want, it’s doing what blesses other’s, too. Thanks for sharing your dream of strong men. It’s s needed.

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    Mazigrace
    January 5, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Cooking has always been my passion. I learned from my mother and I thank her for that. I love the analogy of using it in life. Good advise, as always.

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    talesfromthemotherland
    January 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Some nice thoughts… as a cook and an experiencer of life, who is ahead in years… I might change your analogy a tiny bit. It’s like something in a slow cooker, something you let sit at a low temperature for a very long time… it doesn’t come out of the oven yet. The flavors and experiences must all cook together, even out, reach new and wonderful blends. Ali (a hero of mine) points out, that you share it over a lifetime. You have learned so much in this year+, but you are so young still. As I face my 50th birthday this week, I am amazed at the enormous lessons that have been surfacing in this 2nd half. Embrace and rejoice in all that you have learned and experienced in this first phase, but slow cook Evan. Oh the flavors you will discover!

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    mrmattpieroni
    January 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Wasted opportunity…We encounter this everyday (myself included). There is always something we could have done differently, but if we dwell on these things, instead of learning from them we are driven for failure.

    Beginning my casserole for the year with 2 cups of laughter and a pint of force to break through the resistance of each day.

    Build Your Dream,

    Mr. Matt Pieroni
    http://mrmattpieroni.com/

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      vespertron
      January 5, 2013 at 9:21 am

      A pint of force. Do you have any I could borrow, neighbor? 😛

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    vespertron
    January 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I was trained to be very open minded about food by those who were very closed minded about life. The food became my teacher. Such rich, exotic, complex, fulfilling flavors from such unlikely combinations! That is how I want to love people.

    Great post, Evan.

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    dancethenthink
    January 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Sweet

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    Chrystal
    January 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Anyone can do anything if they “want it” badly enough. Thank you for the reminder. 😉

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    Kim Fernando
    January 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    My husband and I just saw Ratatouille and LOVED the movie. Yes, Gusteau was the best.

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    Hodan Ibrahim
    January 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Ratatouille is also my favourite film! Thank you for this post! My gifts are god-given and it’s my obligation to cultivate and nurture them.

    Cheers,

    Hodan

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    krishna9d
    January 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Beautiful Post. Cooking is an art and when the main ingredient is love, life becomes worth living.

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    longnoseddog
    January 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Great post,

    I loved Ratatouille, and love that you found parallels with Muhammad Ali, where I wouldn’t have thought to look for them! Inspirational stuff!

    🙂 Alice

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    caracaleo
    January 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Great post and sooooo true. I love this movie, and the message in it.

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    Tammy
    January 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Very lovely new year thought!

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    Nicki Van
    January 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Ooohh, this is a good one! Thank you for sharing.

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    Tanya
    January 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Start to be Healthy Now and commented:
    I love this movie and I love these words

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    Janet Rörschåch
    January 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Lovely post! When I taught cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu and Kitchen Academy my students wanted to do everything perfectly the first time. I told them that took all the fun out of the process. Embrace failure, learn, then celebrate the successes, learn, then raise the bar, then learn again.

    Thank you!

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    pixelrites
    January 6, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Yes, a great post. Thanks for the reminder. This echoes a quote I came across on Twitter “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky … best wishes for the New Year

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    LyannV
    January 6, 2013 at 2:27 am

    “create massive scary goals” !!!
    LOVE it!
    Blessings,
    ~Lyann

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    LyannV
    January 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Reblogged this on My Latter Half and commented:
    “create massive scary goals” !
    😀
    “…why would you even dream of settling and stop working on improving upon yourself. You are wasting an opportunity to unlock gifts that you have been given since the day you arrived here. They take work sometimes to uncover, but when you do, it is an incredible feeling to arrive at the point where you know that something you have worked on for so long is now part of you. Those pieces never go away. Those pieces are concrete in your soul”.

    “The idea “anyone can cook” isn’t about cooking really…In this new year, throw some things in that you never had before…and cook away. You will be surprised at the end result”.

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    January 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Great post and great metaphor for life!!!!

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    runstudysucceed
    January 6, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I love this! I agree full heartedly with what you are saying. I really enjoy your blog and hope that you achieve all that you are dreaming. I am just a freshman in college and I hope to be as successful as you by the time I’m graduated.

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    ramblingsofabipolarwoman
    January 8, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I love that movie too and you’re right, it does have a deeper meaning when one really soaks it all in. And I will take your advice, to cook away, both figuratively and well, I love to cook as well and have been trying new recipes and also just adding flare to the ones I have already made. Take life by the hand, don’t stand in the same spot always, move forward, embrace it!!!

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    January 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Green Light Student Travel and commented:
    These are such great blogs, we love to share them!

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    Kesca
    January 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Gorgeous post, what a great way of looking at it!

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