A short while back while staying with my friend Ellen in Virginia, I learned of the term, “Kamikaze Cook.” I’m not sure if she made it up, but she used it to refer to people like me who cook flying by the seats of our pants- without following a recipe. Ellen on the other hand, used recipes to cook me dill & mustard halibut, gluten free cookies, and the most spectacular shrimp & linguine with a tomato cream sauce. Her cooking was magnificent. But so too were my omelets stuffed with lump crab meat & cream cheese, topped with a bit of salsa. Growing up, my Mom cooked simple but tasty dishes whose inexpensive ingredients and proportions were easy to commit to memory. I think 20 some years ago I tried to do the cookbook thing but often grew frustrated at having to buy expensive ingredients to only be used for one dish.
Having lived in a tiny house for the last 20 years with little storage space, I started long ago buying a certain set of versatile ingredients (like canned tomatoes, beans, tortillas & fresh veggies) and mostly working with what’s “on hand.” I barely ever even shop with a list anymore – which in a worst case scenario has me buying extra butter or ketchup when I didn’t really need it.
So which are you? Do you like to follow recipes or cook off the cuff?
PS – That was my 1st time decorating cookies…