I have been mean to write about this for a while. You know there is a reason why, when I post a recipe, I talk so much about it. Well there is a reason, besides the fact that I love to talk about food. I talk so much about the recipes to get you thinking about it. I am hoping by seeing what I am thinking it will get you thinking. Thinking about all the components, about how they go together, about how they should taste, about what is it you are trying to create. Not just adhere to the recipe because it say so. I have found over the years of talking to people about cooking, they tend to just follow a recipe but do not really understand what it is they are trying to create. How it is suppose to taste and more importantly, if they will like it. This is one of reasons, people will say "oh that is a bad recipe" or "I do not like that". Sometimes that is true but sometimes they just do not understand the ingredient and their palate.
I do not know if I have mentioned this, but before I was married I worked at a winery. I was so interested in wine because the type of wine you drink can affect the taste of what you eat. It can add amazing dimension to you dish or totally ruin it. But I learned some really important things working at the winery. We all tastes thing different. When you work at a winery you are pouring the same 8 or so wines over and over again. You spend your day with others taking the tastes and smells of the wines apart (which I have to say is a pretty wonderful way to spend your day). I could have one person complain the Pinot Grigio was to sweet, the next say it is to grassy, then next too dry, ect. Some people can really taste all the details and some can barely taste them.
But why I am sharing all this with you? It is an important message a sweet little old lady taught me. She was one of the investors of the winery and I remember the first time she came to taste. She came up and asked me to pour her a glass of half Pinot Grigio and half Riesling. I was shocked. Nobody mixes their wines, especially when you go to a winery and tasting someones handiwork. She saw my shocked expression (I am sure she was use to it). She giggled and reached for my hand. "Sweetie" she says "the Pinot Grigio is to dry and the Riesling is to sweet. But together they are heaven"
She taught me two really important lessons. One, to not worry about what others think. I would see her at tastings, vintner dinners, ect. She let no one intimidate her. Now I have to say she was always open to try something new. She was not closed. She tried things and love it or made it so she loved it. She pleased her palate and this was the other lesson she taught me. Feel confident about what you like but also do not be so closed you will never try something new. Hold you likes firmly but with a soft grip.
So please take all my little notes about food as a way to learn, a way to think about the ingredient but do not hold them as gospel. Find what you like xoxoxoxox
PS. I wanted to thank My Big Mouth for my Brillante Weblog Award. It is very sweet of you !!!!