Recipe for joy

Elizabeth Sheel

Sheel told me – “Go make a meal. This is the recipe. Take an onion. Chop it finely and fry till golden. Coat finely sliced pieces of chicken or prawns with flour seasoned with one desert-spoonful of paprika, salt and pepper. Fry. Add cream to make a light sauce. Serve with rice or mashed potato.”

In the kitchen, that night, I made this dish. The minute I added the paprika I knew it was going to taste horrible and it looked like a hot chili dish, which I knew the kids would baulk at –eating and they did!

It was an awful meal!  The paprika was far too much. It polluted all the other ingredients. What a waste of money and good ingredients.

Sheel said  “You will never forget this lesson for you have seen exactly the point of it. The law is that the greater agitation will mask the lesser. In your ingredients…

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