Sometimes I make things and people want to make it too. If it’s something I cook all the time, I end up saying things like “Put enough olive oil and vinegar until it looks right” or “a little palm-ful of fennel seeds-- not a big palm-ful, though”. This frustrates people sometimes.
What prompted this thread was the ribs I made yesterday that my husband put on the grill (temps in the mid 50s? Break out the grill!) that we shared with our left side neighbor. His wife came back and asked for the recipe. I wrote it down like this:
Boil the ribs in Killian’s Irish Red and water, peppercorns, whole cloves, five spice and ginger. Put some tomato paste in a pot with some vinegar, plum sauce, honey, a little bit of molasses, habanero hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a few dashes of liquid smoke and red pepper flakes. Get that bubbling. Grill the ribs until dry and then put the sauce on. Grill until the sauce is crusty.
She came back today and requested clarifications that I just couldn’t give her. Falling back on telling her “Until it looks right” a lot.
So, do you write down your recipes? Do they make sense?
P.S. These ribs are friggin delicious, if I may say so myself.