Inability to follow instructions
- Paulustrious Jul 14, 2010 08:42 AM
I am congenitally incapable of following a recipe. At some stage of the prep I will add lemon rind, ground cardamom, hot sauce, mint, cream or some other bastardisation of the tried and tested.
Anyone else with a similar fault?
Depends on the recipe. If I'm baking, I follow it 99.9% of the time, unless I've made it before and I know a bit extra lemon zest or whatever isn't going to hurt the final product.
If I'm cooking, unless it's a Julia MtAoFC recipe or something I *want* to try exactly as written, based on my knowing the ingredients will just work right together, I'll change it up a bit.
I have the opposite fault. I tend to think procedurally and adhere to recipes as to a lab manual. It's only recently that I've begun to outgrow my lack of imagination and revel in deviating from the rules.
Nope. First time I cook a recipe I follow it to the letter. Afterwards, then it's either ditched as not worthy of being kept or has notes scribbled on what to do with it next time.
Depends. For a novice food I have never tried, I will stick to the recipe. However, if I had eaten the food several times before, then I may add things which I think is needed.
For example, I will probably add onion to my beef chow fun, even if the particular recipe does not call for it. This is because almost all the beef chow fun I had in the restaurants have slice onion.