I have been a professional cook for the last 16 some odd years and I hate recipes. I feel like that would be my opening line at a support group for people like me. This is not to say that recipes are a bad thing, they can be great. For the right person. But when I am in the kitchen, I like to have the freedom to do as I wish. I want to feel secure that if I go to the market and the tomatoes look like crap, my whole meal isn’t ruined.
So how do I cook then? I like to think of it as a choose your own adventure style. I wake up, think about what I might like to make and decide on a launching pad. Sometimes it’s a type of cuisine (mexican, italian…), but most often I begin with a protein. So as I am brushing my teeth I toss around ideas. Pork mmmm. Fish ehh. Tacos, nah did that last week. Fresh pasta, hmm haven’t done it in a while. Yeah I’ll make pasta. Now for me when it comes to pasta the following thought is almost always lasagna. For you it may be ravioli or canneloni. So how do I write a recipe and give you the freedom to cook as you want? Well I have a new thought. That is to create a recipe without the hard fast rules, with freedom built in and with the discretion to manipulate it however you see fit. Is anyone doing this? I’m not sure. When I google cooking guidelines instead of recipes, I don’t get very far. The fifth google response was a link to something about the world of warcraft!
I will give it a try. If you happen to stumble by this post, feel free to let me know what you think. Additionally I need a term for these launching pads (not recipes), so send me your ideas.
Thanks and enjoy!