Recipe Construction Made Easy
Guest Post by Chef Kevin Wagner
As a chef, and most chef’s will agree …
I usually don’t use recipes to cook with.
Sooo … it’s a challenge for me not only to follow one, but to construct a recipe when somebody asks me for one. This always seems to happen after a great dinner, and I always try to come up with one for my guests.
It occasionally takes me a bit to recall exactly what I threw in (doesn’t sound too appetizing, huh), but I haven’t totally lost my memory yet so I can usually duplicate it very closely.
One trick I started to use …
and I still have to discipline myself to do this, is to keep a small notebook with me at all times when I cook. I have one in my kitchen at home, and carry one with me on the job.
As I add ingredients to a dish, I try to remember to measure them, sorta anyway. The basic methods and procedures are ingrained in my cooking techniques, so it’s never a problem to sketch out the method of preparation.
This allows me to sit down afterwards, and throw together a quick recipe when I need to.
Put this little trick to work for you, so the next time someone asks you…
“How did you make that?”
Now, You’ll be able to tell them.
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