The New Recipe
(Another parable of Safed the Sage)
There was a morning when I rose from my bed, and looked at the sunrise, and thanked God that I was alive, even as I do each day. And I descended and came down, and ate my breakfast. And behold, upon the table there were Doughnuts. Now if there be Doughnuts, I eat of them, but they minish not in any wise the other things that I eat, for I eat of them last.
And I said unto Keturah, Hast thou bought Sinkers from the Market? For I had not smelled the cooking of them.
And she said, I have not; for I value my peace of mind and the good will of my husband. I made these. Yea, and I made them by a New Recipe.
And I said, Wherefore wilt thou try New Recipes when already thy Doughnuts are perfect?
And she said, It is not thus that thou dost preach, for thou dost ever exhort men to do better and better.
And I said, Thine aspiration to have things better and better is thine only fault. Thou dost even try to have it so with thy Husband.
And she said, Yea, and this far I have done very well in the matter of his improvement.
So I ate of the Doughnuts, and I said, Behold, these are just like all of thy Doughnuts.
And she said, I am glad thou dost think so. For they are so made that they absorb less Fat; therefore are they more Wholesome.
And I said, Go not too far with me in that Wholesome stunt; I do not want things too Wholesome; I can digest anything save it be Health Foods.
And she said, My lord, when I try a New Recipe, thus do I try it. I consider all the things that I have been wont to use that I know are good, and if I find in the New Recipe some other good thing, that also do I put in.
And I said, Keturah, thou hast the finest idea of Progress to be found in any cook on earth. For thou goest ahead, but thou playest not far from thy Base.
And I said, If all the reformers would learn of thee, then would the Millennium come sooner.
And she said, I am glad that thou dost like the new Doughnuts.
And I verily did like them. For they had one ingredient that changeth not, and that is Keturah.
For, believe me, her Doughnuts are Some Doughnuts.