Sometimes I start thinking of a dish, start getting an idea that seems wonderful in that precise moment, fine tune the recipe and then . . . end up cooking something completely different. The opening dish I had chosen for my "birthday menu" was definitely not a bean soup. In a local shop I had seen some cute miniature pint glasses, which gave me the idea of a Guinness look-alike soup. Having bought some cuttlefish ink a while back I intended to use that to turn my soup black. On top of that I wanted to serve a frothy cream, flavored as to complement the soup. After some more thinking I had decided to play even more with contrasts: not only the black and white color, but also a temperature game. I would serve a cold soup, with a dominating full-tasting ingredient, topped with hot creamy and soothing foam. In the time it took me to mentally go from tiny pint glasses to finished recipe idea, the glasses were long gone. Oh well, time to think something new.