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PostPosted: Sun 16 Mar, 2008 9:54 pm    Post subject: No Recipe Reply with quote

It began for me in the 70's trying to follow the advice of Julia Child. I made wonderful mushroom soup and coq au vin. It took many years after that, to realize, that, cooking is, well, like sex. If you follow a recipe, step by step, you will fail. On the other hand, if you catch the general idea - well, you've got it!


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PostPosted: Mon 17 Mar, 2008 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think the analogy holds. I usually find that if I follow a recipe, step by step, I succeed. If the recipe is something completely new for me, like Thai food was 10 years ago, then if I follow say 5 recipes, step by step, I then feel like I have caught the general idea, and I can pretty much skip the recipes. But still, following a recipe doesn't lead to failure.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: What fool wrote that?! Reply with quote

Normally I think before I write here;Mar 16 was an exception! Clearly, following a recipe is not the road to doom! Rather, it's the roadmap to something unfamiliar. As with roadmaps, once you know the way, you may not need it. To suggest that using it again is wrong is, well, simply foolish. There, I'm back to thinking before I write.


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2008 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What fool wrote that?! Reply with quote

MEF wrote:
Clearly, following a recipe is not the road to doom!


Sometimes not following a recipe IS the road to doom though. Some of my biggest failures have occurred because I imagine I know what I'm doing and have decided it's too much trouble to look at the recipe. la la la



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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar, 2008 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will make certain dishes, such as soups, stews, curries, anything with pasta, without a recipe because it's almost impossible for me to ruin them. I don't trust myself with more than a five or six ingredients or stages as there is a good chance of going wrong if I don't use a recipe.
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2008 2:42 pm    Post subject: Five or six ingredients Reply with quote

Reading David's post made me think that using only 5 or 6 ingredients for a dish is probably a "recipe" for success in 3/4 of all the dishes that you prepare on a daily basis.


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