Flawed recipe or flawed cook?
Ever try a new recipe and think you’ve followed it to the last detail only to be disappointed in the way the dish turned out?
Ever try a new recipe and think you’ve followed it to the last detail only to be disappointed in the way the dish turned out? You say to yourself, “What did I do wrong?” The answer maybe: nothing. It may have been a bad recipe.
One of the first things I learned in cooking school was that 80% of the recipes out there are flawed. Recipes are designed to be easy to follow, but in their simplicity, there may not be enough explanation of a process or a technique, or your interpretation of it could be different than what was intended.
There are a couple of ways to solve this problem.
In school, we were encouraged to cook using the basic concept, not an exact recipe. The ingredients and basic process are laid out for you, but how much of each ingredient you want to use is up to you. Become an intuitive cook who is free from the paper “recipe cage” that stops us from following our intuition.
Here is an example of a recipe concept. It includes sautéing, deglazing and making a sauce.
Chicken breasts (cut in pieces).
Cornstarch (for thickening).
Sauté the onions, chicken and mushrooms.
Add broccoli, cook until a little underdone.
Mix cornstarch with a little water. Add to thicken the sauce.
This cooking concept assumes that you know the correct way to sauté each of those ingredients, deglaze the pan with stock and recognize when the broccoli is “underdone.” The amounts of each ingredient are up to you. Depending on how much of each ingredient you use, this dish could have a thin or thick sauce. You get to choose. Cooking by concept requires you to have some basic cooking skills and the confidence to follow your intuition.
Another approach or if you are just not that confident as a cook, is to watch Easy Video Recipes. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Then a video might be a better format for your cooking style. How often have you wanted someone to “show you” how to cook something instead of “tell you” how, which is essentially what a written recipe does. That’s why cooking shows are so popular. It’s easier to learn from a video compared to a written recipe because there are a lot more details shown in a video that a written recipe can’t explain for fear that the recipe would be too long and overwhelming.
Look for simple, healthy video recipes that show the techniques needed to execute the recipe well. If your busy life dictates that you don’t have a lot of time to cook, look for quick cooking videos that use a handful of ingredients that are fresh and healthy. Don’t waste your time watching a long drawn out meal preparation video. Look for easy recipes so you can quickly watch how a dish is prepared.
Technology is becoming a cook’s best friend. Set your tablet or phone up near your cooking space and watch the video as you cook. If something doesn’t make sense just re-wind and replay. Another reason easy video recipes are good is because you see how the dish will turn out in real life. Often printable recipes have a beautiful photo of the finished recipe that is created by talented photographers and food stylists. While its appetite appeal draws you in and makes you want to make the recipe, it sometimes sets up an unrealistic expectation of how your dish will look in the end. Most finished meals rarely end up looking as good as the recipe photos.
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