As you will be aware, everyone is different. No two people are exactly alike; although having said that most people do seem to fit quite happily into certain categories. For example, there are those night owls who get everything done when most of us are asleep. The opposite, would be those irritating morning geeks who have everything done before most of us have got out of bed. I am definitely one of the first varieties. About 10:00pm something kicks into gearóan amazing burst of energy and creativity, and off I go working until the wee small hours.
When it comes to cooking there are also two basic classes of people as I see it: the cooks and the all important bakers. For more resources please login to www.cajuns-recipes.com. Baking is a very precise type of science. Flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, boil, butter or other ingredients are used in a variety of ways in baked goods recipes, but they interact with each other in very specific ways. Measurements have to be precise or everything goes wrong.
Commercial bakers still weigh their ingredients even if theyíve been cooking for years. The famous cookbook has recipes that are tested and re-tested until the directions shown, if followed are guaranteed to produce something wonderful. People with personality need not apply, this is science not art. When we see Jamie Oliver irritatingly lob everything into a pan without looking, he has probably measured out everything meticulously before the cameras started rolling. Although I can turn out a reasonable cake or pile of biscuits when required, I find it about as satisfying as getting biscuits out of a packet. Being creative really doesnít work, you end up substituting something really important, and whole thing falls apart. The website listed below, has some interesting ideas on how to substitute ingredients for things that actually taste similar! On the arty-forty side there is cooking, a completely different kettle of fish... I find creating new recipes really fascinating, itís almost as fun, varying others to make them look and taste just a bit different, or using ingredients in new ways.
For instance, take that good old traditional standby, potato salad. Itís one of those where we all have a favorite recipe, but have you ever thought of some ways to vary your version? Take potatoes, the surprising main ingredient, there are so many varieties of spud; you could spend all day messing about with the one thing. Do you go with Yukon Gold, Baby Reds, White Rose or some of the many lesser known breeds? Also, think about onions, there are hundreds of different types of onions as well.
Move onto dressings and another huge door opens up for you. Some people prefer mayonnaise; others, salad dressing, a creamy sour cream mixture, light vinaigrette or traditional French dressing. You can also visit at www.atkins-diets-recipes.com. Then there is the add-ins, which can vary a huge deal. There are those who say a potato salad isnít the proper job without small cubes of egg cut thrown in. Others prefer crumbled bacon bits, chopped pickles, sweet relish, or a variety of crisp vegetables. You get the idea, baking is monotonous, dull and prone to errors. Where as cooking uses the other side of oneís brain, it sparks creativity... makes the whole thing worth while.
If you are going to move from baker to cook, please do make sure you have the correct ingredients ready as substitutes, when you inevitably set off on something you donít have any of the right stuff to make. In the end bakers and cooks should unite, food is great! Writing this has made me hungry; Iím off for a burger...
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