For the longest time, our society has programmed us to believe that being small was not a good trait, in almost anything. To go even further, it's being looked down upon. Unfortunately, many believe that nonsense which is saddening and unhelpful to those who are below the average size. Bigger does not mean better. It only means bigger or taller people have more mass structure. The good news is that there are ways to deal with it which require self-discipline and daily self-reminders:
- Accepting and embracing who you are make you unique
- Strengthening self-respect prompts respect from others
- Ridiculing the belief that being short or small is a drawback
- Learning to laugh at yourself
- Prioritizing on other things that matter most in your life : your projects, your goals, your dreams (other than wishing to be taller)
By applying the above methods, you'll notice a definite change in your perspective of things in life. So what if you're being called names and finger-pointed for stretching your muscles a little more than the others to be able to reach out for the cookie jar that's purposely placed on the highest kitchen shelf? Just get a chair. Yes, it's more work, but at least you're moving and you are getting that darn cookie jar. Problem solved. Nothing else matters more than your well-being and your happiness.
Now you'll ask, 'what does this have anything to do with food?'. Well, being small can have its advantages. These mini pot pies can be the perfect appetizers or the original entree that can wow everyone during a holiday dinner party. Their size makes them practical for a buffet-style dinner for your guests. They're easy to eat and so fun to prepare. Invite your guests or your kids to prepare them. Kids love helping out in the kitchen and they have fun cooking when you make a game out of it.
I enjoy making those so much more than making a regular sized chicken pot pie only because it's a different way of making chicken pot pie. In addition, they're cute. Who doesn't like biting into canapés or amuse-bouches just before dinner? They're fun and eye-popping treats that never fail to amaze your guests with 'Ooohs' and 'Aaahs'. When it comes to cooking, I love being creative and making something a little out of the box for the sake of making my experiments in the kitchen all the more interesting. The minute I start falling into a routine, I get bored and lose my sense of creativity.
That being said, I hope you will try those for the holidays and I promise that they are treats that you and your guests will love sinking your teeth into. Adding some cajun spices adds a nice kick to those pies.
1/2 tsp ground cajun spice (found in any local supermarket)
2 tbsp flour
pinch of coarse sea salt
Preheat oven at 350F
Pop the chicken pot pies in the oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden and flaky.
Serves 4 - 6 people.
share and enjoy!