This morning, when I checked my latest batch of yogurt I noticed it hadn't firmed up. There were a couple tablespoons worth of curd that had formed, but that's it. This has only happened once before and I used the mostly liquid yogurt for smoothies and such. Today I decided to reheat it to the boil to see what might happen.
Imagine my surprise when I checked the pot, just coming to the boil, to discover that almost two cups of tiny curd had made manifest. I strained it from the cooked whey, drank some and gave the rest to the dog with her breakfast.
I then tasted the curd. I was delighted! It was sweet and smooth and much like ricotta.
This experience was a light reminder of the perception of "failure" - be it large and disastrous or wee and delicious - there is always potential for light in the darkness ... it just may not be the light we anticipate.