Though I’m Korean, I’ve never really attempted to make Korean food before. But the business I trust to cater the Korean food portion of our Christmas meal every year closed their business. My good friend who joins us for Christmas each year suggested we make the food ourselves.
One of the food items on the menu is the savory Korean Pancake a/k/a Pajun. The first two attempts were nothing to write home about. On the third attempt, we were running very low on batter, so in order to better manage what little remained, I shaped it differently than what the recipe called for and left just enough batter in the 2 quart Pyrex to cover the ingredients that went into it after the first layer of batter settled.
I like to clean as I go. So I started washing things we were done with, and that inadvertently included the Pyrex that the remaining small amount of batter was in. Oh no!
The pancake turned out thin and on the more preferable crispy side. The ingredients came out perfectly seared and showcased on one side of the pancake since it wasn’t covered by an additional layer of batter. It turned out looking and tasting so good.
“What a mistake!” had a tone that rang so differently, and it wasn’t lost on us that we could probably take that exclamation and apply it to any inadvertent errors we make in our lives. We just need to trust in the process and wait for it: the golden gifts of err that come serendipitously.