Sometimes we ask ourselves, why do I have to go through this? Life shouldn't be this hard... Well the fact is, we need those experiences, no matter how difficult, to prepare us for the future. It is all part of the "Grand Design". Everybody has a mission, and no mission is less important, it could be raising a family (or not having one), being a teacher (or a student), being a successful businessperson (or unsuccessful), etc. We have to learn, experience, so we can gather the knowledge when the time comes. People who have very difficult lives are wiser ( assuming they learn from their mistakes) and in my opinion, they burn karma more quickly than other people (it's like an intensive course). It seems impossible to accomplish but at the end the victory is sweeter.
And of course, all of this can be related to food. The merge of knowledge is essential to create, in this case, recipes. It can be a combination of flavors we tasted in a party, something we heard someone say or something I have experienced often, combining two dishes to make the ultimate recipe. Yes, sometimes it can be very challenging, not everything works but with experience we learn not to make the same mistakes again. This being said, you can check out these recipes which are a clear example: Millet Taboulleh with Mushrooms and Black Beans, Acorn Squash and Tomato Sauce. Both of these recipes are a combination of dishes I used to make separately. The first is Millet Tabbouleh and Fresh Mushroom Salad with Parsley (credit to Giada De Laurentiis) and the second is regular salsa and black beans (no big science there, but it tastes delicious!). So experience all you can, be curious and learn, learn, learn!