This is another post for my guest editor role for The Girl Who Knows, the place to build a business and life with soul. The Girl Who Knows is a great site for digging deeper into soulful living all while keeping things grounded. I’ll be sharing recipes and other wellness articles there for the next two months. Hope you enjoy our collaboration!
Truth time: I’m not the best recipe follower. I’ve never been the greatest at following directions in general. I prefer to see the pieces and the end result and figure it out myself or take a lot of liberties with the directions printed on the page.
When it comes to cooking, I like to figure out the bones or structure of a dish. There are always key techniques or kinds of ingredients you need to use to make a dish. Once you can see the bones of the recipe, you have the flexibility to adjust the flavors and ingredients to your tastes at that moment.
I enjoy cooking this way because it gives me the confidence and freedom to adapt recipes to my own personal tastes. Recipes are a general guide and don’t have to be followed to the letter. If a recipe calls for cilantro and I don’t have it, if I know the structure of the recipe I can figure out if I need that or if I can swap it out with something else I have.
With a little bit of study and reading a few recipes, you can start to see its’ bones. The main parts of the dish will start to appear and you can see how to tweak them.