Thursday, October 21, 2010
Never the Same Thing Twice
It's almost impossible to replicate a recipe exactly. Even recipes that you've made hundreds of times will vary with each rendition. There are many elements that can alter your dish: the quality of the ingredients, the amount of ingredient, spices at hand (do we really measure these?), cooking time, even our mood can affect the outcome. I once knew a woman who owned a restaurant; she wouldn't cook if she was in a bad mood. She said the negative energy would permeate the food and drive her customers away. (She didn't see the irony in not cooking and thus driving customers away, but that's beside the point.)
This conundrum is particularly true with home made spaghetti sauce. It's never the same twice. I'm not even going to tell you how I made this particular batch, because I wasn't even thinking about it, but I did take pictures and what the heck? I haven't posted in a few days and I'll throw in the pictures for fun!