A Recipe is Only a Guideline

What happens when one recipe of a Beef Bourguignon is given to twenty different cooks in the same kitchen with the same ingredients? It will result in twenty variations of Beef Bourguignon. Each individual adds their personal touch to a recipe thereby creating slight changes to the same dish.

With that said, a recipe shall be used merely as a guideline. Don’t restrict yourself because a recipe says one thing. Change the seasonings to your liking. Get creative and let your senses guide you! Add a pinch of this and a dash of that! Think of flavours, textures and appearance. Make the recipe your own! Have fun in the kitchen, cook delicious food and create beautiful memories.

Get creative and let your senses guide you!

Add a pinch of this and a dash of that!

And most importantly, don’t be afraid to mess up. The greatest recipes are sometimes born out of a mistake. Take the Tarte Tatin for example, it was birthed out of an accident. Stephanie Tatin was overworked one day and she either overcooked the apples in sugar and tried to rescue it by turning the apple tart upside down or she accidentally baked the tart upside down but still served it to the customers. Either way, she created something wonderful through an accident.

On the contrary, if you are absolutely new to cooking or are cooking a particular dish for the first time, it would be wise to follow the basic recipe. Once you’ve gained understanding of the cooking techniques and flavour profiles of certain dishes then it’s time to loosen up and add your own flare to that recipe. This is what makes cooking fun!

Ana Bella

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