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Jul 14, 2010 08:42 AM

Inability to follow instructions

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?

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  1. 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.

    1. (disclaimer, I don't do much pastry, baking or other stuff like that that needs precision in ingredient measurements.).

      I use recipes as inspiration, read them, understand them, and add/remove to them; sometimes it works, sometimes it does not ( but not by much).


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      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.