A Perfect Gravy

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Would you like some gravy?

Gerald sat down at the table to eat. He picked up the serving spoon in the bowl of gravy. Chunks of the gravy fell onto his plate.

"I've had it."

He said,

"This gravy has the consistency of oatmeal."

Yuck!!
Gravy should be smooth, but this gravy was chunky like like a breakfast cereal.
Many of life's lessons can be learned in the kitchen.

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Consistency vs Chunkage

When it comes to cooking there is a fine line between perfect consistency and chunkage. The way that a substance and especially a liquid holds together is the consistency of that substance. In science we may say "viscosity" or in more common terms "thickness".

For gravy or any sauce, what determines the thickness is how long you stir it under a low heat. Any sauce or gravy is made up of separate ingredients. Gravy is made up of mostly fat and wheat flour with some corn starch, water, milk and flavors. Under a low heat with a slow gradual stirring the ingredients will come together in perfect consistency.

Without the stirring each solid ingredient will begin to clump up and each liquid ingredient will remain separate in a puddle across the pan. The ingredients were made to be mixed together while stirring over a low temperature. That's what gives the sauce its consistency.

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Consistency is "Whole"

In one word consistency is "whole". Consistency should not contain clumpage or chunkage. It's when all the parts work together in harmony and agreement we get consistency and the whole is one fine gravy.

What does this mean?

Consider the expression: "Blood is thicker than water". This expression has been used for over a millennium. It means that family bonds are stronger than any other bonds. Chemically speaking the viscosity of blood is "thicker" than the viscosity of pure water.

But the analogy is missing a major key to understanding consistency. Blood plasma contains 90% water. Without that water, the red blood cells and white blood cells would be stuck. They couldn't carry oxygen to the brain and white blood cells couldn't move to the site of infection.

Like gravy, blood must maintain consistency to perform bodily functions. Maybe we can say "Blood is thicker than water" but without the water the blood all dried up. Every cell and every molecule within a cell are vital to the survival of a human life, even the consistency of blood.

Life works like this on a macro and micro perspective. All the ingredients are here but these ingredients need to be stirred together at the right temperature and with a slow gentle stir for them to all blend together.

Imagine if the wheat flour refused to break down in the gravy.

  • Instead the wheat protested until it became donuts.
  • The fat refused to melt and instead joined the donuts' side.
  • The cornstarch and Salt-N-Pepa formed their own group on the side of the pot and refused to mix becoming a starchy ball of flavor flav.
  • Finally the milk and water swirl up to become nothing but a pond of elevator music.

Then there is no gravy. There is no jam without consistency.
Once the consistency is right then the flavor is right. Once the flavor is right then you have a tasty creation giving flavor to the whole world.

What kind of flavor are you?

If we are clicking up into our own factions then nothing can work smoothly. It's time to get rid of the thinking that one part is better than another part or that one part contributes more than the others. Every part of the body is important for the whole to function properly. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” A consistency of agreement and harmony of all the parts is necessary for the body to function properly.

Smooth Like Butter

These boys only exist today because they overcome their differences. They are all different. Some are spicy and some are bland. Some are shy and some are not. When they bled they are as smooth as butter.

We are a blockchain blog with different languages and different talents and gifts from around the world. Some have a song. Some have a smile. Some have capital and some have connections. Together we are smooth like butter.

Let's not be spewing chunks.


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That was a nice read, and how you created the analogy between the gravy, its indigrients and consistency. I wish you all the very best for word of the week contest.

Keep Hiving
Best Wishes


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Thank you @shubhwaj,
This writing challenge is a lot of fun. I still have no idea how to approach the new word "sensual". I was always shy when it comes to those things.


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I'm feeling this kind of flavor after reading this. You sir, have knocked the ball out of the park with this one. Wish I had a 200% upvote.


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You remember this?
I never asked you where you from?
I'm from Chicago.
@calumam... You Public Enemy number 1

I don't rhyme for the sake of Riddalin

boooey


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Big tune! I'm originally from the UK, my knowledge of music culture is dreadful but always improving.


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Music was a big part of my childhood... so it stuck. Some it was trash but had a particular message for that moment in history. Thanks for sharing that one... brings back memories.


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He is always making me remember that I have a long way to go when it comes to writing things that has consistency instead of one that forms chunks

I mean, look at the way you match physical sciences, biological sciences, food sciences, cutlery skills, together in one word-consistency

You baked the entire writing and you made sure the stirring was correctly done, heating it up here and there, but making such the heat is at the right temperature

Moving on, you allowed me wonder if my life has the right piece of the puzzle clue together or I am just scampering around

At some point, I begin to remember someone had told me once that he usually noticed all part of his body work together, and once one is distracted, the rest follows

In the very end, I am convinced you are trying to tell us that we need every part of HIVE. And that it doesn't matter what the community is about, nor if they have valuable tokens or not. We need to stay together inorder to be strong and inseparable.

Amazing thoughts @minepoly. You are speaking like the teacher that you are

I wish you luck in the contest


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You are the perfect student @edystringz. In Korean we say "모봄생" (mo bom saeng). I'm thankful for your interpretation of my parable and happy to see an application. I see fear and incomplete information as the main reason for sanctions and divisions. The trick of the gravy is to welcome others while maintaining our identity.


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I see fear and incomplete information as the main reason for sanctions and divisions

I agree. Most times we are afraid the other folks will do better than us, forgetting that each of us have something the other individual doesn't have, and that if united can accomplish exploits

The trick of the gravy is to welcome others while maintaining our identity.

I hope that we humans gain this understanding soon enough

I'm thankful for your interpretation of my parable and happy to see an application

You are welcome, sir

You are the perfect student @edystringz.

Thank you very much, teacher 😁


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The colour to your entry each and every week is always stunning. This is actually a different approach to what consistency would normally mean. What a creative approach as well. It reminds me of a food process where you have to constantly steer the broth to achieve a paste


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@mienopoly Now this was an interesting post! At first I thought I was reading the intro to a short story and then you levelled up, layered the theme and drove home the analogies with each twist and turn. With each layer, the message you were aiming for became clearer. With bases loaded, I read with anticipation, hoping the finale would deliver, and did it ever. You hit it out the park!


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Thank you for your observations @samsmith1971. I'm really glad to meet you and so happy to hear you enjoyed this culunary consesitency. Glad you enjoyed this culinary consistency as smooth as butter.

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