It’s easy to get sucked into a busy day at work when there are 5,000 tasks staring you in the face. You may be the type who straight away freaks out, or you may be the type who has a list and checks items off one by one. I’m the kind of person who arrives very focused and tries to stay on task, but is not always successful.

There is something to be said for stopping and smelling the roses, or in my case staring into my empty measuring cups. Usually just when I need a laugh in the scientific recipe-testing process a little something unplanned diverts my attention, like a smiley face composed of fennel bits.

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