View Full Version : Do you follow the recipe ?
08-08-2011, 08:12 PM
I am wondering, when you're cooking do you always follow the recipe exactly ?
I don't :giggle: if it needs something and I don't have it, I don't always run (euh drive) to the store to get it.
I see if I have something else in the house that can replace it, or I just leave it out.
Like with the Pioneerwoman's Curried Chicken-Pasta ... ok, I didn't leave out the pasta or the chicken and the curry was in too, but no celery (too big bunches to buy for just one salad), I think I mixed mayo with yoghurt instead of sour cream and heavy cream, added more raisins in the mix because I didn't have grapes on the side ...
Or substitute onions and shallots, spring onion and chives, ...
If I don't really like one of the ingredients, I don't always up it in or less of it.
How about you ?
08-08-2011, 08:43 PM
I totally make the recipe my own =)
09-08-2011, 12:35 AM
Same here; I just use it as a basis but leave stuff out I don't like and add in what I do like :) Except for baking because it has to be so exactly measured and I suck at baking. :giggle:
09-08-2011, 02:18 AM
As scrappers, making templates our own, I don't have any restraint in making a recipe my own if need be.
09-08-2011, 03:21 AM
Hmm you got me thinking. I try to follow a new recipe exactly, but I will tweak it if I haven't got just the right herb or put in alternative preferred vegetables for example. Once I've made the recipe then the following times I am more likely to do things my own way.
Ditto what someone else said on baking though. Even though I love to bake, am pretty good at it and do it all the time, I definitely do not change up the recipes unless I've googled for suitable alternatives.
Katja, same as you...rules are to be broken or bent! :biggrin8:
19-08-2011, 02:21 AM
Absolutely! But I do fudge baking recipes, too. I'll drop a little this or add a little that if I want something less sweet or crispier or fluffier. I judge my measurements by eye. If it calls for something obscure, I'll take a guess at a substitute. 'precision' was making baking scary so I Took the 'exact' out and now baking is so Fun!
14-09-2011, 04:53 AM
haha I rarely follow the directions to a tee....UNless I get the recipe from someone who says to follow it exact!!!!! Baking is a bit trickier than cooking stuff....i am always mixing and matching stuff or omiting stuff that I hate...I would make curry chicken and omit the curry becuase I think that I don't like that or stuff like that but it always comes out good so I don't worry...I use the recipe basically as a base or as Tracy said a Template!!!!!
14-09-2011, 07:42 PM
Um follow a recipe? Oh that's for cooking...yes I follow it...well I read it to John while he prepares it. You see...he does ALL the cooking. fb2
15-09-2011, 09:29 PM
It depends on what it's for... Usually the first time around I will follow the recipe... Then I'll change it up if I liked it enough to repeat the process.
09-10-2011, 02:45 AM
I usually don't follow the recipe. If it's my first time to cook a certain dish, I just get idea from Google how to prepare it then modify it to my preference. :giggle:
09-10-2011, 04:06 PM
Most of the time I will get a recipe and get ahead of myself and put the wrong ingredients in too early. Like it says put in the beef first for 2 mins then add onion, and then I'll just throw all of it in together cause I despise cooking sometimes and want it over with. But I also don't include everything if they are things I don't like like certain veggies LOL.
29-11-2011, 06:55 AM
I almost always change things up unless it is in baking - in that case I follow instructions because I'm no good at the science of baking. Anything else I use what I have or like and omit what I don't. :)
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