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When Life Gives You Gourds

We’re told when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But when life gives  you gourds, then what?when life gives you gourds

Before you think I’ve completely lost it with have the pressure of completing a post a day, let me tell you what I mean.
We are blessed to have an excellent store that delivers vegetables (and other groceries) to our door step. Since it has been raining incessantly the last few days, we picked up the phone and called for vegetables. We quite like making a chutney with ribbed gourds. But we only need two small ones for that. Since we forgot to specify the size of the gourds, we got two gourds that were about 20 inches each! We had a choice to throw them out (what a waste!) or give them away (to whom?).
I made the chutney (recipe here) with one and kept wondering what to do with the other. Then I came upon an excellent recipe. I had never tried it before – it seemed rather unusual (has almonds in it!) and what would it taste like? Throw the extra gourd out or try out the new recipe? I decided to try out the new recipe and it was excellent. Now I have successfully added one more dish to my cooking repertoire.

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. – John Cage

Are you willing to try out something new? Or do you try to stick to the tried and tested?


  1. melissatandoc melissatandoc July 21, 2011

    “Ampalaya”….that’s how it’s called in my country ;)… About two months ago, my boyfriend and I were discussing about this as a treatment to diabetes. Anyhow, I like ampalaya…and would love to try out your new recipe…

    In truth, I really have many fears… trying out something new is like wading on water far too deep for me and not knowing how to swim….however, God always calls me to the unknown. He allowed me to go to places with different cultures, language,  religion, meet and live with people outside my family circle. I tried out different tasks… I’m happy Corrine… learning, relearning new things…:) and unlearning too…

    I loved your post. Thanks. It made me reflect a lot.

  2. Debbie Debbie July 20, 2011

    I like trying new things… and honestly I never had a gourd . Guess I should give it a try 🙂

  3. Julie Flanders Julie Flanders July 20, 2011

    What a clever post! I love the quote as well. One of the reasons I started a blog was I wanted to try new things, thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Adriana Iris Adriana Iris July 19, 2011

    I am willing to try but really gourds?! LOL Thanks for sharing such unique info.

  5. Nancy Rose Nancy Rose July 19, 2011

    Great example of life trying to provide you some new insight and instead of balking at it, you make something of it.

  6. elizabeth young elizabeth young July 19, 2011

    An excellent thought Corinne, when you don’t try new things, then you’ve grown old, for age is an attitude of mind.

  7. Alpana Jaiswal Alpana Jaiswal July 19, 2011

    Thank u for this one,sounds great..a few days back,I visited a friend,sacncheeta,and she had made something exotic with gourds..stuffed them with shredded chicken,and then she had steamed them..sliced thinly and served with salad…it was out of this world…true..always try new things,u never know what u will discover.

  8. Sulekha Rawat Sulekha Rawat July 19, 2011

    How did your new dish taste? Looks yummy 🙂 I like your everyday gyaan.

  9. Sonia Rumzi Sonia Rumzi July 19, 2011

     Definitely going to try it out. I love new recipes. Glad you had the gourd. less the gourd and gourd makers. 🙂

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